Emergency Medical Services
About the Program
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program prepares students to obtain Basic – Intermediate (AEMT) and Paramedic certification. Students are prepared to enter the workforce as an entry-level Basic – Intermediate (AEMT) and Paramedic practitioners. Paramedic certification also allows students to obtain an AAS Degree.
AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1, Certificate Level 2
AREA OF STUDY: Public Safety, Transportation & Consumer Services
Degrees and Certificates
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Successful program graduates are awarded certificates of completion to become certified as a Basic, Intermediate (Advanced EMT), or Paramedic practitioner. After paramedic coursework is completed an AAS in Emergency Medical Services can be obtained. Licensure to practice will be granted via the Texas Department of State Health Services once the National Registry Certification Test is passed.
The program is designed to orient students to entry and advanced-level emergency care as it relates to assessment, treatment, management, and ongoing evaluation of the critically ill and injured patients in their care. Advanced standing credit may be awarded for relevant education and/or experience.
NOTE: Upon successful completion of EMSP 1501/1160, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry EMT-Basic exam. Upon successful completion of EMSP 1338,2205,1356,1355 and 1263, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry AEMT Exam. Upon successful completion of EMSP 2306, 2444, 2160, 2434, 2330, 2261, 2262, and 2243, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry EMT-Paramedic exam.
Students accepted into the EMS program are required to pay a liability insurance fee which protects the students against losses resulting from malpractice claims. Clinical assignments are made in more than one hospital and field internship site, and all students are expected to rotate through clinical sites as assigned. Transportation between locations is the responsibility of the student. Students must complete all hourly requirements as filed with the Texas Department of State Health Services and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Applicants must submit documents required by the Emergency Medical Services program, in person, for entrance into the program. Applicants educated in non-English speaking countries must complete the TOEFL exam with a minimum score of 20 in each of the 4 required elements.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Formulate a treatment plan after performing patient assessment
- Demonstrate the ability to deliver medications appropriately
- Evaluate the ability to make ethical and moral patient care decisions
- Demonstrate appropriate behavior while interacting with EMS
- Preceptor and team members during EMS rotations.
Clinical Training Sites
- Acute Medical Services (AMS)
- Austin County EMS
- BayStar EMS
- Bayou City EMS
- Best Care EMS
- City EMS
- Community Volunteer Fire/EMS Department
- ETMC EMS (City of Pasadena)
- Fort Bend County EMS
- Harris County Emergency Corp - HCEC ESD 1
- Harris Health System
- Houston Fire Department
- Houston Recovery Center
- City of Katy Fire Department
- City of Laporte
- Manvel EMS
- Memorial Hermann TMC and Children's Memorial Hospital
- Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
- North Channel Emergency Medical Services
- Orion EMS
- Texas Children’s Hospital - TMC
- Texas Children's Hospital - West
- The Methodist Hospital - Sugarland
- The Methodist Hospital - West
- UT Harris County Psychiatric Center
- The Village Fire/EMS Department
- Westlake Fire/EMS Department
NREMT Recognition as Best Practices Training Program State of the Industry Training Facility
The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and monitored by Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Successful program graduates are awarded certificates of completion for certification as a Basic, Intermediate (Advanced EMT), or Paramedic practitioner. After paramedic coursework is completed an AAS in Emergency Medical Services can be obtained. Licensure to practice will be granted via the Texas Department of State Health Services once the National Registry Certification Test is passed.
The paramedic program is fully accredited by:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP): Address: 25400 US HWY 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 Phone: 727.210.2350. Fax: 727.210.2354. www.caahep.org
CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines are monitored and applied by:
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions CoAEMSP): Address: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, Phone: 214--703-8445. Fax: 214-703-8992; www.coaemsp.org
Program Goals – Minimum Expectation
To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.
Licensure/Certification Exam Results
The Emergency Medical Services program graduates licensures/certifications are issued by the nationally recognized National Registry of EMTs.
2019–2020 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results
Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by academic calendar year (Sept. 1–Aug. 31). Results for the 2018–2019 academic year is provided for comparison.
Program/ Aligned Award
Emergency Medical Services
EMT - Advanced Technician C1
Met Agency Standard
EMT – Paramedic C1
EMS Admissions, EMS Orientation and RN to Paramedic program
Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Median Wages - $15.63 hourly, $33,000 annually - High wages $55,000 annually.
Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.
Emergency Medical Services, A.A.S.
Emergency Medical Services - Advanced Technician, C1
Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic, C1
RN to Paramedic, C3