A hybrid of our EMT Training Program with virtual componets. All lectures will be done via Zoom with a live instructor twice a week, while all Skills are done in person on the weekend at our Santa Cruz office.

EMT Course Calendar

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
  • 23/24 Flu Shot
  • Bivalent 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 This 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)
Erin D.

I took the AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) training at Defib This previously and came back to renew my ACLS. The instructors and instructors in training were awesome with both teaching in an understandable way and sharing relevant stories to help with learning. I highly recommend Defib This for your BLS and ACLS certifications. They even provide coffee and snacks!

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Alan S.

The service was great, the facility looked clean and the instructors were great giving the class. Keep up the great work!

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J H.

I’ve been using Defibthis , for a few years now , since moving to the area , it’s my
“go to”, for my ACLS/PALS.. the schedule is very accommodating, with plenty of options for either online , or in person classes . The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and very personable .

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Andrea L.

Recently got certified for a newer skill. The instructor, Kim, was amazing. She took the time to explain, made the class interesting and kept it real in the sense that she gave realistic examples and scenarios. The facility was easy to find too. I always freak out about parking and the email sent prior to class helped alleviate that because it gave clear instructions on my options of where to park. I appreciate the facility for being organized, clean and having a restroom/water/coffee available. I’ll definitely be back in the future for any renewals. Thank you!

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