This course fulfills all of the training requirements of the State of California and National Registry for EMT Basic.   The EMT Basic course is a hands-on interactive experience.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the National Registry exam.  This can lead to employment in a wide range of job opportunitites to include:  Ambulance EMT, Fire Fighter EMT, Emergency Room Technician, Private Industry EMT, Special Events Standby EMT (sporting events, concerts, state and county fairs, etc.) and others.

During the course students are assigned two 12 hour ride alongs with an ambulance crew or time in a hospital emergency room .  During these sessions students observe patient assessments, observe patient care (including CPR, C-spine immobilization, airway management, etc.) and ride with & observe the crew  deliver patients to local hospitals.

We offer three versions of the course.  All are 180 hours to meet the new National Registry requirements.  Our schedules are designed to meet the needs of a variety of students including those who need to complete the course around their existing work schedule as well as those who need to complete the program in a very short period of time.  Please call us to see which program works best for your schedule.The 180 hours are offered in the Traditional format of 2-3 classes per week over three to five months, or the Fast Track format of 5-6 days per week for three to four weeks, or the Boot Camp of 6 days per week 12 hours per day for 2 1/2 weeks.  Upon completion of the classroom and skills practice and testing all students will do at least 24 hours of field time either riding along on an ambulance of in a local Emergency Room. 

Payment plans available. Full pay students will get priority if class fills up. Please call 800-773-8895 to schedule a payment plan if needed or go to Register Now EMT Basic to reserve your spot today.  Classes fill FAST so register early.   Please note:  if the class you register for does not have at least 6 students register in the class there will be an additional per student charge or NIHE may delay the start of the class for up to 45 days to allow more students to register or cancel the class.  The decision of which option will occur is solely at the discretion of NIHE.  If a student begins the class and drops out for any reason, whether by the student's choice or NIHE's choice,  including NIHE terminating the student for any reason, the student is NOT entitled to any refund of course fees

Course Location

We use a variety of classroom locations.  When you register you will be given the class schedule and location for your class.

Vacaville-Solano County California Locations

Suisun Fire House 4965 Clayton, Fairfield, CA, 94534

Residence Inn in Vacaville, CA

675 Merchant St., Vacaville, CA

San Bernardino County CA

Loma Linda/Colton, CA:  NIHE, 1280 E. Cooley Dr., Ste. 12 & 13, Colton, Ca 92324. (Classes not currently offered  at this location)  Please call for schedule. 800-773-8895

Course Date

Vacaville Solano County, CA -    Class is now forming - start date July 8, 2014  Classes will be held on Sundays from 9 am to 9 pm. and Tuesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 10 pm.  Class currently forming to start on July 8, 2014.   

Colton:  (Classes not currently offered at this location)  Please call for schedule. 800-773-8895 -


Must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED certificate.  Current immunizations. Current AHA Basic LIfe Support for Healthcare Providers, & successful passing of a Drug Screen Background check (see below).


Tuition is: 1500.00.  Seats are limited with this pricing - register early to reserve a seat.  Payment plans available.  Tuition does not include books.  Book fees are $295 - books are required to take this class.  We require every student have "Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured" published by Jones & Bartlett 10th edition Premier Bundle, which includes access to the online resources for this text as well as practice exams for the NREMT exam.   You MUSTpurchase these materials on our Buy Books & Products

Please call 800-773-8895 to schedule.

Course Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a Completion Certificate and be eligible to take the EMT-B National Registry exam.  Upon successful completion of the National Registry exam, students will be eligible for state certification.


You may register online or over the phone. Prior to the first day of class each student much fill in and return to NIHE the student information sheet in addition to registering.  Please go to the EMT Register Now page on this website or call 800-773-8895 to register.  Limited registration so please register early.

Challenging the EMT-B Course

State law allows provisions for certain individuals to challenge this course.   To be eligible, the individual must possess current license as an MD, RN, PA, LVN, EMT-P or a member of the armed forces trained according to the DOT-EMT guidelines.  Please contact us at 800-773-8895 for details on the challenge process


You may cancel your registration by giving NIHE 30 days written notice prior to the start of the class. There are no cancellations after the start of the class. Please send all cancellation requests to NIHE, 1498 E. Main St. 103-202, Cottage Grove, OR 97424. You will receive a full refund minus a $350 cancellation fee If you choose not to complete the class or are not able to course complete for any reason there are no refunds. You may reschedule to another course date by paying a $100 rescheduling fee. Once a course has been rescheduled there are no cancellations of the rescheduled class. Unopened books may be returned for a full refund minus a $50 restocking fee. There are no refunds for cancellations that are done less than 30 days prior to the start of the course. You may reschedule to another start date for a $100 rescheduling fee. There are no online, email, or phone refunds or cancellations. You must send your written request to NIHE.  

Health Requirements

The student must have all the required certifications and vaccinations prior to the start of the class.  Please go to EMT Health Requirements to see the details.  The student is responsible for the cost of getting all of these certifications and proof of vaccinations.  They are NOT included in the course tuition.

Drug Screen & Back Ground Check

The EMT Basic student must complete and pass a Drug Screen and Background Check that meets NIHE requirements prior to the first day of the course.   The cost of these is approximately $110 and is NOT included in the EMT Basic tuition fee paid to NIHE.  The cost of the Drug Screen and the Background Check is the responsibility of the student.  The student will be sent the information as to where to sign up to get these completed upon course enrollment.  Please go to Drug Screen & Background Check to see the details.

Laptop needed to complete classroom assignments

Student must have a laptop or tablet that can come to the classroom to access the internet to complete both classroom and homework assignments. NIHE does not provide these devices. This is a course requirement. 

Felony and Misdemeanor Disclosure

In the state of California after EMT course completion and passing of NREMT to become an EMT you must be certified by your local EMS agency in your county.  All counties are now doing a background check prior to issuing certification.  Successful completion of the Drug Screen and Background check prior to taking your EMT Basic course in no way guarantees that you will pass the California state and county checks.  An unsatisfactory background check will result in no EMT certification being issued by your county.  You will be asked to disclose felonies and misdemeanors.  An unsatisfactory background check may result in no EMT certification being issued by your county. For certain felonies EMT certification will not be considered such as murder and certain sexual related crimes but for some felonies such as DUI certification EMT certification may be considered by the Medical Director. Each county has different guidelines for these background checks and National Institute for Healthcare Education does not guarantee student's that they will be issued an EMT certification upon course completion.