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EMT Program: Emergency Medical Technology / Paramedic

The Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program at Texarkana College prepares qualified applicants to be members of the emergency medical services team.

Emergency Medical Technicians after completing the EMT program in Texarkana, Texas.

What to Know at a Glance

Duration

2 year associate degree (60 sch);
1 year certificate (39 sch);
1 semester certificate (6 sch)

Delivery

A blend of face-to-face and online

Scheduling Options

Full-time; Part-time; Day classes; Night classes

Where it is offered

Main Campus

About the EMT Program at Texarkana College

The various preparation levels allow the applicant to choose basic or advanced knowledge and skill development. Successful completion at any level entitles the individual to receive a certificate of completion from Texarkana College and to be eligible for application to challenge the State and/or National certifying exams.

Minimum Expectations Goal

To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

  • Paramedic Certificate – 1 year (39 sch)
  • Emergency Medical Technician Certificate – 1 semester (6 sch)

Please contact Karen Holt, Health Sciences Enrollment Specialist for information and assistance in applying and registration.

  1. Submit an ApplyTexas higher education application and indicate EMT or Paramedic as your major and the date of desired enrollment.
  2. Submit an official high school transcript or GED scores and transcripts from all other colleges attended. Graduates of the EMT program must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED to be eligible to challenge the state/national certification exams.
  3. Attend a personal guidance interview with the Health Sciences Enrollment Specialist located in the Patterson Health Sciences Center. An appointment is advised and can be obtained by phoning 903-823-3351.
  4. Provide verification of Current EMT or Advanced EMT certification/licensure in the state where paramedic licensure will be sought, if applying to the Paramedic program.
  5. Submit documentation of successful completion of an American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider course. Card/Certificate must not expire prior to the expected date of graduation. Initial and renewal courses are available from the Texarkana College Continuing Education Division.
  6. Current physical exam documented on the Health Sciences Physical examination form. Note: Must be completed no more than 6 months prior to enrollment; however, EMT Admission Committee may request an updated physical exam.
  7. Hepatitis B Series documented three (3) injections taken on the Health Sciences Physical Examination form or physician’s report. Note: if you have questions, contact the EMT Program Coordinator.
  8. Negative Drug Screen. Directions on when and where to get the drug screen will be provided by the enrollment specialist.
  9. Return the admission checklist to the Health Sciences Enrollment Specialist with an original signature and date.

Candidates for readmission to the EMT or Paramedic programs must complete the re-admission procedures. Re-admission into the programs may be considered on an individual/space available basis. Any student who is dismissed from the program due to professional and/or ethical violations is not eligible for re-entry. In addition, any student who has had a clinical failure due to unsafe clinical practice is not eligible for re-entry into the program. Re-enrollment must occur within 12 months after leaving the program. If the request for re-entry is greater than one year, the student will be required to re-enter as a beginning student.

Steps for Re-Admission

  1. EMT: Current Application for Admissions; current physical exam; current negative drug screening; and current American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provided dated no more than six (6) months prior to enrollment.
  2. Paramedic: Current Application for Admission; current physical exam; current EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate certificate; current American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider dated no more than six (6) months prior to enrollment.
  3. EMT and Paramedic:
    • Inform Health Sciences Enrollment Specialist that you have been enrolled in the EMT Program previously.
    • Complete the Health Occupations Application for Re-Entry Counseling form.
    • Have a personal guidance conference with the Health Sciences Enrollment Specialist.
  4. A candidate for re-admission may be required to complete some remedial work.

This program is designed for students who already hold certification from the state of Arkansas or Texas to be a certified/licensed EMT.

The following is a suggested course of study which will satisfy the requirements for the Emergency Medical Associate of Applied Science degree at Texarkana College.

The Emergency Medical Technology Program offers applicants the option of pursuing a Paramedic Certificate or an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology. Candidates for the program are expected to be proficient in communication skills, math, science, computer, and learning skills as well as to have the physical and mental abilities to practice in EMS.

The American Medical Association and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians require individuals pursuing an EMT career to be in good physical health, having good vision and color discrimination, and hearing. The EMT should also have the strength and stamina to lift and carry up to 100 pounds, manual dexterity, and be eligible for a driver’s license.

The EMT program conducts all levels of courses according to the National Training Course Curriculum as recommended by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is approved by the Texas and Arkansas Health Departments. The Emergency Medical Technology Program offer applicants the option of pursuing a certificate at the paramedic level, or an Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Technology. Clinical experience, including ambulance and hospital, is individualized.

The Texarkana College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Graduates are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam.

To contact CAAHEP:

25400 US Hwy 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350
mail@caahep.org
www.caahep.org

This program is designed for students who already hold certification from the state of Arkansas or Texas to be a certified/licensed EMT.

Designed to prepare the EMT for Paramedic certification/licensure. Individualized clinical experience is designed to meet the needs of the person who is employed full-time. The state and national credentialing examinations, hosted at the end of the courses, are optional and are subject to credentialing agencies rules and regulations concerning applications and fees.

Prior to issuance of a completion certificate, the transfer student must submit an official transcript of previous college courses indicating successful completion of equivalent prerequisite courses. Other prerequisites include: current EMT certification/licensure and current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider completion.

This 12-month certificate program is designed to prepare the EMT for Paramedic certification / licensure in Arkansas, Texas, and National Registry. Individualized clinical experience is designed to meet the needs of the person who is employed full-time. The state and national credentialing examinations, hosted at the end of the courses, are optional and are subject to credentialing agencies rules and regulations concerning applications and fees.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Accredited Paramedic Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.

  • The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic Cognitive Exam was 80%.
  • The most recent positive job placement rate for graduates was 83.3%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as “Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military.” Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.
  • The most recent retention rate was 75%.

Last updated 4/20/2022

Possible Careers and Salaries

Paramedic

$45,000

Emergency Medical Technician

$32,263

Medical and Health Services Manager

$79,287

Medical Assistant

$27,590

Emergency Management Director

$65,227

Tuition Costs

Approximate total program cost for in-district (Bowie County residents) for the EMT / Paramedic Program is $6,600.

Program Contacts

Karen Holt

Health Sciences Enrollment Specialist

Blaine Jones

EMT Program Coordinator

Courtney Schoalmire, MNSc, MSN, RN

Dean of Health Sciences

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