Emergency Medical Science Program
Are you ready for a rewarding, challenging and fast-paced medical career that will always have job opportunities?
We are delighted to introduce you to an exciting and challenging health care career that will give you the professional satisfaction of helping people, saving lives, and working independently.
At TSTC, you can join our Emergency Medical Sciences (EMS) program and graduate with a certificate, or earn an associate's degree and become credentialed as a paramedic in as little as 15 months.
The Texas Department of State Health Services, DSHS, is the agency legally charged in the State of Texas to issue certificates or licenses for EMS professionals.
The National Registry of EMTs is the agency designated by the DSHS as the provider of the computer adaptive testing and psychomotor skills exams. Successful completion of that examination is necessary to apply for certification or license as an EMS provider in the State of Texas.
All EMS students must:
EMT Certification Required to Begin Paramedic Classes
A copy of a CPR Card for American Heart Association must be turned in prior to the start of the course.
A. Skills Proficiency Verification
B. Written Examination
A. The Department of State Health Services requires candidates to successfully pass the National Registry of EMTs examination as a condition of eligibility to apply for EMS certification or license.
B. The psychomotor skills exam portion is administered by NREMT for the Paramedic level and by the college for the EMT level. There is a “site usage” cost charged by all institutions who administer the paramedic test. This cost is not included in Texas Sate Technical College tuition
C. In addition to the DSHS certification application and the site usage costs, there is an additional cost, payable to the NREMT for that test.
Reciprocity with Other States
A. Requirements for EMS certification vary significantly from state to state. Students who anticipate practicing in another state should contact the agency responsible for credentialing EMS personnel in that state as soon as possible to obtain information regarding requirements for reciprocity.
B. Meeting reciprocity requirements is the responsibility of the student.