Citrus College is proud to be the first established community college in Los Angeles County, established 1915.

History of EMT at Citrus
Keeping with the tradition of being first, Citrus began one of the first Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs in the San Gabriel Valley in 1971, under the direction of one of the first ten Los Angeles County mobile intensive care nurses (MICN), Mrs. Marilyn Collins, BSN, MICN, MHA. During Mrs. Collins tenure, firefighters and private provider agencies throughout the San Gabriel Valley were trained as EMTs delivering emergency care to the sick and injured under emergency conditions.

Currently, the program is under the direction of a very capable and competent EMS professional, Cliff Hadsell, Paramedic, Ph.D. Dr. Hadsell, has been teaching at Citrus for over 21 years. He is a UCLA-Daniel Freeman graduate and has worked in every capacity in EMS Fire: EMT, paramedic, firefighter/paramedic/captain, battalion chief, and division chief both in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Dr. Hadsell currently serves on many Los Angeles County advisory boards, including the Los Angeles County Investigative Review Panel (IRP) and educational task force for both EMT and Paramedic schools. He has instructed many paramedic students over his career and he is committed to a student's success. Dr. Hadsell personally believes that every patient must be treated as a family member, whatever the circumstance, "In EMS, we must be NON-judgmental." Lastly, Dr. Hadsell was contracted in 1994 to develop and publish the California Department of Education (DOE) performance standards for EMT that still stand today.

About the Program
The EMT program at Citrus is a rigorous and uncompromising program of study. The program is approved by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) and Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS). The program is taught by the program director, and a number of highly qualified paramedic and EMT field providers with many years of experience and advanced degrees. 

Students entering Citrus College EMT program will immediately benefit from state-of-the-art equipment that rivals many medical schools. Citrus has invested over a million dollars in MEDI manikins, SIMS 3G technologies, 12 lead EKG machines defibrillators, etc., and are used throughout the program. Additionally, we are the only Los Angeles county EMT program allowed to intern in the prestige and busiest trauma center, Saint Francis Hospital in Lynwood. We are also very proud to intern at local paramedic receiving and emergency hospitals.

Citrus has the honor of being chosen as the training center for EMT and tactical medicine for Los Angeles-based federal agents, out of 21 programs available in Los Angeles County. 

College education is not inexpensive. California community colleges offer the least expensive option for California state residents. Always ask perspective colleges for pass rates for NREMT examinations and clinical/ride-along opportunities before making an informed decision. California community colleges are in most cases ALWAYS the least expense alternative for all career technical education training (CTE) for EMT.

Please review the Program Attendance Policy.

Program Expenses
Expense estimates are current as of Fall 2016, but subject to change.
CC tuition - $46.00 per unit x 7 = $322.00
Parking fee - $50.00
Uniform polo shirt = $25.00
B/P cuff and stethoscope = $40.00
Initial B-Ground and Drug Test = $58.00
Physical/TB/Tdap Clearance = $105.00 (maybe less if you have your immunizations)
Individual malpractice insurance = $22.00
Textbook and web based practice board exams = $220.00
TOTAL = $842.00 (approx.)

Student Commitment
Finally, the program requires full-time attention, motivation and commitment to be successful. Students who are working more than full time or taking additional courses, have a heavy sports schedule, are not motivated, have problems taking written or practical tests, have emotional issues, have transportation issues, have a criminal background, or have substance abuse issues, should reconsider applying for the EMT program. Students convicted of a felony are not qualified for the EMT program. Students must be 18 years of age on or prior to the first day of class.

Cliff W. Hadsell, Ph.D., Paramedic