Emergency Medical Services Certificate Level 1 and A.A.S. (51.0904)

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Faculty and Staff

J Suarez
Jesus Suarez
Allied Health and Human 
Services Division Chair

(830) 591-7364

L Gonzalez
Luis Gonzalez
Emergency Medical Technician
Eagle Pass
A Page
April L. Page
(830) 591-7266


The Emergency Medical Services (EMS ) Programs include courses that lead to a Level 1 Certificate Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Paramedic.

The EMT Level 1 Certificate is a one-year semester program that prepares students for certification by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).  Upon successful completion of the program and certifications, students will possess the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies.

The AAS Paramedic Program is a two-year program that prepares students for certification by NREMT – Licensed Paramedic.  Upon successful completion of the program and certifications, students will possess complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system.

Admission Requirements

Level I Certificate

Students are admitted through regular college admission procedures (see Admission Regulations section).  The Level 1 Certificate is TSI exempt, however, those not meeting Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements are encouraged to enroll in the appropriate developmental course(s). 

Application Process – Basic Program applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill admission requirements for and be admitted to Southwest Texas Junior College.
  2. Must score a 10 or higher in Math, Writing, and Reading on the TABE Test or be TSI complete.
  3. Must hold a valid driver’s license.
  4. Evidence of all immunizations or acceptable titer levels, in writing, as required by the Texas Department of Health to include TB-Skin Test, Hepatitis-B Series and Meningitis.  Written evidence of negative Tuberculin screen or negative chest x-ray.  Documentation must be within 12 months of the training session.  Hepatitis-B series must be complete prior to registration.
  5. Must hold a current BLS Provider CPR Card valid thru the training period.
  6. Upon acceptance to the program, purchase of the approved school uniform, log, EMS pants and/or supplies is required.
  7. Students are required to carry liability insurance throughout the program.  The fee for this insurance is included in the admission fees.
  8. Students with any criminal convictions might not be eligible to test for the state exam or National Registry test.  If you have questions, please call the DSHS EMS Criminal Background Investigation Department at (512) 834-6746.

      Students will receive a Level 1 Certificate upon satisfactory completion of the courses of study and upon making formal application for graduation (see Curricula section).

Program of Study

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Emergency Medical Technician Program Costs

$5,450 for in-state tuition and fees

$11,355 for out-of-state tuition and fees

$1,199 for books and supplies

$6,649 for off-campus room and board

$14,144 for on-campus room and board