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

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


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 Basic (EMT-B), Level 2 Certificate Advanced Emergency Medical Technician – Advanced/Paramedic (A EMT) and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (EMT-P).

The EMT Level 1 Certificate is a one 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 A EMT Level 2 Certificate is a one-year two semester program that prepares students for certification by Texas Department of State health Services (DSHS and the National Registry of Emergency medical Technicians. Upon successful completion of the program and certifications, students will possess the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system.

The AAS EMT 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

Students are admitted through regular college admission procedures (see Admission Regulations section). The Level 1 Certificates are TSI exempt, however, those not meeting Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements are encouraged to enroll in the appropriate developmental course(s). Those seeking a Level 2 Certificate and/or an Associate of Applied Science Degree – Paramedic MUST be TSI complete.

Program Application Process – applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill admission requirements for and be admitted to Southwest Texas Junior College.
  2. Must hold a valid driver’s license.
  3. Must provide a copy of their high school diploma, GED and/or transcripts.
  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, Meningitis, 2 MMR (mumps/ measles, and rubella) or a positive titer, 2 Varicella or a positive titer, and a current flu vaccine.
  5. Must hold a current BLS Provider CPR Card valid thru the training period.
  6. Students are required to carry liability insurance throughout the program. The fee for this insurance is included in the admission fees.
  7. A background check must be completed prior to applying to the program and provide a coy with the application packet. Students may obtain a background check through https://www.dps.texas.gov/ ($3.00). 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.
  8. Drug screen must be completed through a licensed physician or through Texas Alcohol and Drug Testing. Prices vary depending on your physician.
  9. Those seeking a Level 2 Advanced Certificate and the A.A.S. Paramedic, must be a NREMT – Basic.

Upon Acceptance into the EMS Program

Once a student has been accepted into the EMS program, the following purchases need to be made:

  • Uniform purchase must be made with 3D Impressions: (prices subject to change)
    • Royal blue polo shirt with the program embroidered on the upper left breast and the student’s name and program level over the right upper breast.
    • Black tactical pants (no specific vendor)
    • Black belt
    • Black duty boots (no specific vendor)

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 Technician - Basic Level I Certificate add

Program of Study

Fall Semester

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Level I Certificate Program of Study
Course Number Title Credit
EDUC 1300π 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 1360 Clinical - Emergency Medical Technician 3
Total Credit Hours for Level I Certificate 16

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 Advanced Level 2 Certificate add

Program of Study

Fall Semester

Emergency Medical Technician Advanced Level 2 Certificate Program of Study Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technician 5
EMSP 1455 Trauma Management 4
EMSP 1456 Patient Assessment and Airway
Management 4
EMSP 1360 Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/
Technician (EMT Paramedic) 3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Emergency Medical Technician Advanced Level 2 Certificate Program of Study Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice 3
EMSP 2434 Medical Emergencies 4
EMSP 2305 EMS Operation 3
EMSP 2330 Special Populations 3
EMSP 2260 Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/
Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2
Total 15
Total Credit Hours for Level 2 Certificate 31

 

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Degree add
Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Degree
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 of Study

 

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study 
Course Number Title Credit
EDUC 1300π Learning Framework
or
COLS 0300 College Success Skills
Total 15

First Year

Fall Semester

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Degree - Program of Study First Year Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
EMSP 15011 Emergency Medical Technician 5
EMSP 14551 Trauma Management 4
EMSP 14561 Patient Assessment and Airway
Management 4
EMSP 13601 Clinical - Emergency Medical 
Technology/(EMT Paramedic) 3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Degree - Program of Study First Year Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice 3
EMSP 2434 Medical Emergencies 4
EMSP 2305 EMS Operations 3
EMSP 2330 Special Populations 3
EMSP 2260 Clinical - Emergency Medical 
Technology/Technician
(EMT Paramedic) 2
Total 15

Summer Session I

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Degree - Program of Study Summer Session I
Course Number Title Credit
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
Total 7

Summer Session II

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Degree - Program of Study Summer Session II
Course Number Title Credit
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Total 4

Second Year

Fall Semester

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Degree - Program of Study Second Year Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
EMSP 2444 Cardiology 4
EMSP 2135 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1
EMSP 2306 Emergency Pharmacology 3
EMSP 22432 Assessment Based Management 2
Total 10

Spring Semester

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science Degree - Program of Study Second Year Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
EMSP 2261 Clinical - Emergency Medical Technician 2
EMSP 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Total 8
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 1300 or COLS 0300; however, EDUC 1300/COLS 0300 do not count toward degree requirements.

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.

Program 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.

Tuition and Fees

Standard tuition and fees are assessed to each student as indicated in Finances section.  Lab and uniform fees are also assessed.  (see Course Descriptions section).

 


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Gainful Employment Disclosure (Advanced/Paramedic Level I)

 

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