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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

WCJC EMS Program


Level I Certificate:  23 semester credit hours (EMT and AEMT)

Level II Certificate:  45 semester credit hours (Paramedic)

AAS Degree: 60 semester credit hours

The courses prepare students as emergency medical care providers in a pre-hospital setting.  Persons certified as EMT-Paramedics provide a higher level of care than Emergency Medical Technicians or Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, as specified by the Texas Department of State Health and the National Registry of EMTs.  The course of study earns the student up to 45 semester credit hours that may be matriculated into the EMS Associate of Applied Science degree.
Classes for EMT are offered at the Richmond and Wharton campuses; and the classes for Paramedic are offered at the Wharton campus only.
The Wharton County Junior College EMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs:  www.caahep.org
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP):  www.coaemsp.org
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX: (214) 703-8992
Texas Department of State Health Services website:
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians:  www.nremt.org

Criminal Background Checks

Most clinical facilities require criminal background checks to be completed prior to allowing student participation in clinical training.  Applicants conditionally accepted into the EMS program will be required to complete a criminal background check. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check, completed by a WCJC approved agency. The cost of the criminal background will be at the applicant’s expense. Information regarding the process should be obtained from the EMS Program Director.


Year of Enrollment Program Student Retention National Registry Written Exam National Registry Practical Exam Positive Placement (Employment)
2012 71% 50% 100% 100%
2013 44% 100% 100% 100%
2014 89% 100% 100% 100%
 2015* 100% 100% 100% 100%
 2016* 95% In Progress In Progress 100%

*Results posted are as of December 31, 2016.  NOTE: Students are allowed up to two years to complete National Registry requirements after course completion.  The results will be updated as students complete their requirements for the program and National Registry.

The outcome results listed above reflect only Paramedic level students, not EMT or AEMT students.

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