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First Aid

In this 2.5 credit course, students learn how to control bleeding, treat a burn, and how to splint a broken bone. They also learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, stroke, shock, anaphylaxis, as well as hot and cold related problems. All students who successfully complete this class will be First Aid/CPR certified.

Medical Anatomy

Anatomy is the study of the human body. In this course, students learn about the heart, lungs, muscles, bones, circulatory system, the organs of the body and how everything works together to keep us alive. Students examine slides of body parts, have the opportunity to dissect a sheep’s heart and lungs, and work with mannequins to learn the internal and external structure of the human body and various functions of the body’s systems. Students who successfully complete both First Aid and Medical Anatomy will be given primary enrollment in Emergency Medical Response 1 (EMR) the following semester. 

Sacramento EMR Pathway


Emergency Medical Response 1

In EMR 1, students prepare for a career in the Emergency Medical Field. Students can use the skills learned in this class to gain entry level employment in a number of medical or protective services fields including EMT, firefighting, nursing, or medical assisting.  

Prerequisites: First Aid and Medical Anatomy 

Emergency Medical Response 2

In the second half of EMR, students learn the beginning steps of life-saving strategies, including scene management, basic CPR, and basic life saving skills. After completing this American River College articulated course, students can choose to continue with courses that will result in certifications or degrees in the medical field. 

Prerequisite: EMR 1 

Basic Fire Protection

Students receive an introduction to fire protection in this class by learning about career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, the philosophy and history of fire protection, and the basics of fire loss analysis.  They will also learn the organization and function of public and private fire protection services, how fire departments run as part of local government, and laws and relations affecting the fire service.  Ih this course students also learn fire service nomenclature and explore specific fire protection functions, basic fire chemistry and physics, and are introduced to fire protection systems and fire strategy and tactics. 

CTE Basic Fire Protection Sacramento

Sacramento beginning wildland fire CTE


Beginning Wildland Fire

Beginning Wildland Fire offers training in proper techniques to effectively and safely perform as a member of a fire crew in controlling and suppressing wildfire. The course topics include the physics of fire behavior, complexities and interrelationships of weather, and topography and wildland fuel beds in fire behavior.  Students also learn about Incident Management Organization, personal safety, situational awareness and hazard recognition.

Advanced Wildland Fire

In Advanced Wildland Fire students learn the principles and techniques of wildland fire prevention, behavior, control, and suppression. The course also covers legal areas of wildland fire protection, mutual aid, fire investigation and reporting methods and ecology factors of wildland and urban interface fires.  

Prerequisite: Basic Wildland Fire

Sacramento CTE Advanced Wildland Fire

In The Field

Sacramento Public Services Pathway CTE

Careers in the Sacramento CTE Protective Services Pathway primarily address public order, fire protection, and emergency medical services. With a continually growing population, the need for protective services is in constant high demand. Successful individuals who follow this pathway are concerned with protecting people from danger and helping to ensure their health and safety. Many of these careers provide great personal satisfaction from seeing the positive results of personal effort. 

Students participating in our Sacramento CTE Protective Services Pathway will have a variety of opportunities open to them. Through our Basic & Advanced Wildland Fire courses and Basic Fire Protection class, students will have the ability to learn a variety of career opportunities as firefighters. The skills and training students will earn in these classes will prepare them for a diverse job pool. At the completion of these Sacramento CTE Protective Services Pathway courses, students will have earned governmental clearance to apply to thousands of base pay entry level jobs in the federal database Students also earn college credits upon completion of these courses, which count towards their two-year fire science degree.