Level I Certificate: 22 semester credit hours (EMT and AEMT)
Level I Certificate: 42 semester credit hours (Paramedic)
AAS Degree: 60 semester credit hours
These courses prepare students as emergency medical care providers in a pre-hospital setting. Persons certified as 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.
EMT courses are offered at Richmond, Wharton and Bay City campuses, as well as off-site locations on occasion. Advanced EMT (AEMT) courses are offered at the Richmond and Wharton campuses, as well as off-site locations on occasion. Both courses are scheduled with a day or evening option. The Paramedic courses are offered at the Wharton campus.
The Paramedic certificate program is a course of study earning the student college semester credit hours that may be matriculated into the Emergency Medical Services Associate of Applied Science degree. The student may choose to be enrolled in only the certificate program or concurrently within the AAS degree. After completion of the certificate, the student may return to complete the AAS degree. Texas has two levels for Paramedics: EMT-Paramedic certification is completing the paramedic course but not a degree and Paramedic Licensure is earning the two-year EMS degree.
Upon successful completion at the various levels (EMT, AEMT, Paramedic) of the program the student will be eligible for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam.
Upon successful completion at the various levels of the program and successfully completing the National Registry exam, the student may be eligible to apply for state certification/licensure through the Texas Department of State Health Services at the levels of EMT, AEMT, Paramedic and Licensed Paramedic.
STUDENT OUTCOME RESULTS - Paramedic Program
|Year of Graduation||Program Student Retention||National Registry Written Exam||National Registry Practical Exam||Positive Placement (Employment)|
*Results posted are as of May 1, 2023. NOTE: Students are allowed up to 2.5 years (30 months) to complete National Registry requirements after course completion. The results will be updated as students complete their requirements for the program and National Registry. Results for the 2022 Paramedic Cohorts will be posted in 2024.
The outcome results listed above reflect only Paramedic level students, not ECA, EMT or AEMT students.