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

Faculty and Staff

J Suarez
Jesus Suarez
Allied Health and Human 
Services Division Chair

Email
(830) 591-7364
Uvalde

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

Purpose

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 Outcomes

  1. Recognize the nature and seriousness of the patient’s condition or extent of injuries to assess requirements for emergency medical care.
  2. Administer appropriate emergency medical care based on assessment findings of the patient’s condition.
  3. Perform basic non-invasive skills – lift, move, position and otherwise handle the patient to minimize discomfort and prevent further injury.
  4. Perform safely and effectively the expectations of the job description, including the Texas Department of State Health Services-approved curriculum
  5. Implement the standards of care related to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Basic certification exam.

Program of Study

Emergency Medical Services Level I Certificate add

Program of Study

Fall Semester

Course Number Title Credit
EDUC 1100π Learning Framework
or
COLS 0300 College Success Skills
EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technician 5
EMSP 1455 Trauma Management 4
EMSP 14561 Patient Assessment and Airway
Management 4
EMSP 1260 Clinical - Emergency Medical Technician 2
Total Credit Hours for Level I Certificate 15

Notes:

  1. Capstone course that consolidates the student's learning experiences.
π All students are required to take EDUC 1100 or COLS 0300; however, EDUC 1100/COLS 0300 do not count toward degree requirements.
Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Degree add
General Education Courses Credit
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Humanities & Fine Arts 3
Natural Science & Math 11
Total General Education Courses 17
Technical Education Courses 43
Total Credit Hours for A.A.S. 60

Program Prerequisites

The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” prior to being admitted to the EMT-Paramedic program.  Students may be actively enrolled in prerequisite courses during the application process.  

  • EDUC 1100 or COLS 0300
  • BIOL 2401 – Anatomy & Physiology I*
  • BIOL 2402 – Anatomy & Physiology II*
  • MATH – College Level Mathematics Elective
  • ENGL 1301 – Composition I
  • PSYC 2301 – General Psychology

A grade below a “C” on any prerequisite courses will not be accepted.

*BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 must have been completed within 5 years of the time of application to the program.  BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 courses taken beyond the 5 year limit must be repeated regardless of grade achieved.

Program Outcomes

  1. Safely perform technical proficiency in all the skills necessary to fulfill the role of an EMT-Paramedic.
  2. Comprehend, apply, and evaluate the role of an EMT-Paramedic
  3. Interpret and apply Emergency Medical Services and general medical knowledge necessary to function in a healthcare setting.
  4. Implement the standards of care related to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Paramedic certification exam.

Application Requirements and Admission Process

Students must meet regular college admission requirements (see Admission Regulations section), meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college-ready requirements and satisfy the following additional application requirements:

  1. Evidence of good physical and mental health as reflected by a recent physical exam (within the past 6 months). The exam must include the following documentation:
    1. Proof of negative TB skin test or chest x-ray results.
    2. Up-to-date immunization record to include the following1
      • Measles
      • Mumps
      • Rubella
      • Varicella
      • Tetanus 
    3. The first of three injections in the Hepatitis B vaccination series2.
  1. Proof of American Heart Association (AHA) CPR for Health Care Providers (adult, infant, and child) prior to the first day of class.
  2. Submit to urine drug screening and criminal background check as directed by a program official.
  3. Students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician program must also submit an annual TB skin test completed prior to the date of the initial TB skin test when admitted to the program.
  4. Fulfill admission requirements for and be admitted to Southwest Texas Junior College.
  5. Must hold a current Texas NREMT EMT or AEMT Certification.
  6. Must be in good standing with Texas Department of Health EMS Compliance. 

Eligibility for NR/DSHS Certification

The National Register (NR) or EMT-P and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is the credentialing organization for Emergency Medical Technicians.  In order to become nationally certified (NR) and to receive (DSHS) certified EMT-P license graduates of the program must pass the respective exams.  Completion of all program didactic and clinical requirements DOES NOT guarantee eligibility to take the NR/DSHS examination.  Eligibility is also dependent upon national criminal background checks.  Some issues, but not all may include:

  1. Conviction of a crime, which includes felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor, with the only exceptions being speeding and parking violations.
  2. Alcohol and/or drug related violations.
  3. Military court-martials.
  4. Violations or sanctions related to the academic honor code.

For more information, please visit the following website www.dshs.state.tx.us.

Notes:

  1. Proof of immunizations must be official laboratory reports (titers) or an official immunization record. All immunizations are required.
  2. Hepatitis B vaccination series must be completed within the first year of the program.

Program of Study

First Year

Prerequisite Semester (Certified EMT-Basic)

Course Number Title Credit
EDUC 1100π Learning Framework
or
COLS 0300 College Success Skills
EMSP 15011 Emergency Medical Technician 5
EMSP 14551 Trauma Management 4
EMSP 14561 Patient Assessment and Airway
Management 4
EMSP 12601 Clinical - Emergency Medical Technician 2
Total 15

Prerequisite Semester(s)

Course Number Title Credit
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Elective College Level Mathematics 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Total 17

Second Year

Fall Semester

Course Number Title Credit
EMSP 2305 EMS Operations 3
EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice 3
EMSP 2434 Medical Emergencies 4
EMSP 2444 Cardiology 4
EMSP 2260 Clinical - Emergency Medical Technician 2
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course Number Title Credit
EMSP 2135 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1
EMSP 2430 Special Populations 4
EMSP 2306 Emergency Pharmacology 3
EMSP 22432 Assessment Based Management 2
EMSP 2261 Clinical - Emergency Medical Technician 2
Total 12
Total Credit Hours for A.A.S. 60

Notes:

  1. Certified EMT - Basic students can earn Advanced Placement Credit for this course.
  2. Capstone course that consolidates the student's learning experiences.
π All students are required to take EDUC 1100 or COLS 0300; however, EDUC 1100/COLS 0300 do not count toward degree requirements.

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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