The Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic Program at Texarkana College was established in 1972 with the first class of paramedics graduating in 1973. The program is fully accredited by Texas and Arkansas Departments of Health and recognized by the National Registry of EMT’s.
The Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic Program offers applicants the options of pursuing a certificate/license as:
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR),
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT),
- Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT),
- Paramedic, or an,
- Associate Degree in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology.
Candidates for the programs 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 the emergency medical services (EMS).
The Emergency Medical Technology program at Texarkana College prepares qualified applicants to be members of the emergency medical services team. 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.
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 Programs offer applicants the option of pursuing a certificate at the basic, intermediate, or paramedic level, or an Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Technology. Clinical experience, including ambulance and hospital, is individualized.