We have a Hybrid class option available for Winter 2023

Class starts January 15, 2023

Virtual Lectures Tuesday and Thursday 5:30pm – 9:30pm

In person skills @ Defib This in Santa Cruz 9am – 5pm on either Saturday or Sunday

Space is Limited

The EMT Course has three components:

  1. Didactic/Lab (165 Hours): technical, theory and practical hands-on education
  2. Clinical (24 Hours): field training (ambulance, emergency room and high fidelity simulation)
  3. Testing (Includes Didactic Hours): quizzes, tests, midterm, and final exam (theory and skills)

Through lectures, interactive presentations, psychomotor training, and simulations, EMT students build the knowledge and skills to care for patients.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take the National Registry (NREMT) Exam required prior to applying for State EMT certification.

Required eBook

Students will be required to purchase the eBook during orientation and a link to this will be provided (Approx $250). This includes online access to the course curriculum (quizzes, tests, supplemental study materials and the digital eBook). The physical book is available for purchase however, this does not replace the required eBook.

  • Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, Twelfth Edition
  • Navigate 2 Advantage Digital Supplement EMT 12E and FISDAP – Psychomotor Skills Tracking App

Uniform Requirements



  • Negative TB Test (within the last 18 months)
  • TDAP (within the last 10 years)
  • Proof of MMR, HepB, Varicella
  • 22-23 Flu Shot
  • Complete Covid – 19 Vaccination / Booster
  • Live Scan Report
  • Form This is a PERSONAL background check in which applicants will need to submit the above form to a Live Scan location and be fingerprinted and then bring the results to Defib Academy.Please keep in mind that a Live Scan report takes roughly ONE WEEK to process, to be sure to start this process early. Defib Academy cannot accept Live Scan results mailed directly to our facility. They *must* be sent to the student directly and then turned in to the admin staff.
  • EMT Student Insurance Ambulance company will require each student to purchase personal liability insurance in order to participate. 
  • Laptop, iPad or Tablet (All students must possess a laptop, iPad or tablet to complete assignments)
  • BLS (Basic Life Support Certification) **Must be from the American Heart Association, no other certification companies will be accepted**

Course Details
10 weeks


Equipment Requirements 

  • 7.5 Trauma Shears
  • Stethoscope
  • Blood Pressure Cuff
  • Pen Light
  • Wristwatch (with a second hand)
Leila K.

Outstanding all the way around! Just took ACLS and BLS recert with Aki and was completely overjoyed to find a place to do ACLS without crying during the mega-code. Ok a slight exaggeration, but at Heart Share in San Jose, my instructor failed two providers and by the time I stepped up to bat, I was tachy, diaphoretic, and panicked.

Yes, I made it through, but why wouldn’t you want to laugh, enjoy, learn, and practice without all that stress and truly learn what you are doing. If this sounds good to you, then take your classes with ERT, they rock!!

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Kim A.

Went to Emergency Response Training for ACLS recertification on a friends recommendation.  I was not disappointed.  Alex is a great instructor.  He’s both a paramedic and ICU/ER nurse so you get the dual  benefit of his field and hospital experience.

The class size is small, great for someone like me who’s a real bonehead when it comes to ACLS.  The classroom is clean and new.  There is plenty of equipment available to practice with.  I really liked the way the megacode scenarios were run, well organized and non threatening.  Free coffee and snacks, a total bonus.

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Chelsea W.
Registered Nurse

After 17 years of being an RN and going through recerts for BLS, ACLS, PALS and NRP, I can honestly say that Defib has been THE best place to LEARN.  I actually feel like I have learned more from taking classes for PALS and NRP here than all the other places combined.  

Their no-nonsense, realistic approach to these certifications along with the expertise and EXPERIENCE to back up their teaching really brought it home for me.  I will definitely return again and again and I proudly wear my “Keep Calm and Push the Epi” shirt they gave me!

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