Associate of Applied Science – Concentration in Emergency Medical Technology

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 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 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

Paramedic Admission (completed prior to attending the first class)

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission indicating 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 Advisor located in the Health Sciences Building. Appointment can be made by phoning 903-823-3351 or 903-823-3401.
  4. Meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements. a. Satisfactory scores on all three parts of the TSI test.
  5. Provide verification of current EMT, EMT-Intermediate, or Advanced EMT certification/licensure in the state where paramedic licensure will be sought.
  6. 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 Community and Business Education Division
  7. Current physical exam documented on the Health Sciences Physical Examination Form. Note: Must be completed no more than 12 months prior to enrollment; however, the Admission Committee may request an updated physical exam.
  8. 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 Paramedic Program Coordinator.
  9. Negative drug screen and clear background check. This is not required until notification of being accepted into the Paramedic Program has been received. The notification letter will provide instructions on the procedures for obtaining the drug screening and background check.
  10. Return Paramedic checklist to the Health Sciences Enrollment Advisor with an original signature and date.

Degree Requirements: A minimum of 60 credit hours with a 2.0 GPA. In addition, a grade of “C’ or above is required in science and EMSP courses.


First Semester Hours
EMSP 1338
Introduction to Advanced Practice
EMSP 1356
Patient Assessment & Airway Management
EMSP 2306
Emergency Pharmacology
EMSP 2361
Clinical – Paramedic I
Total 12
Second Semester Hours
EMSP 2444
EMSP 2434
Medical Emergencies
EMSP 2330
Special Populations
EMSP 2362
Clinical – Paramedic II
Total 14
Third Semester Hours
EMSP 1355
Trauma Management
EMSP 2243
Assessment Based Management
EMSP 2305
EMS Operations
EMSP 2364
Practicum – EMT
Total 11
Fourth & Fifth Semesters Hours
ARTS 1301 or MUSI 1306 (core)
Art Appreciation or Music Appreciation
BIOL 2301 and BIOL 2101
Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab
ENGL 1301 (core)
Composition I
PSYC 2301 or PSYC 2314 (core)
General Psychology or Lifespan Growth & Development
BIOL 2302 and BIOL 2102
Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab
SPCH 1315 (core)
Public Speaking
BCIS 1305 or PSYC/EDUC 1300 (core)
Business Computer Applications or Learning Frameworks
Emergency Medical Technology AAS Total

Program Information

Gainful Employment

Have questions about this program, the costs involved and what job prospects may exist in the marketplace?  Check our Gainful Employment report.

To learn more, please contact us.

Karen Holt
Health Science Enrollment Management Specialist
(903) 823-3351
James Smith
EMT Coordinator
(903) 823-3411
Courtney Shoalmire, MNSc, MSN, RN
Dean of Health Sciences
(903) 823-3142

EMT/Paramedic Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Several courses for this degree can be found in the Academic Core. View the Academic Core

EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice
EMSP 1355 Trauma Management
EMSP 1356 Patient Assessment and Airway Management
EMSP 2243 Assessment Based Management
EMSP 2305 EMS Operations
EMSP 2361 Clinical-Paramedic I
EMSP 2330 Special Populations
EMSP 2306 Emergency Pharmacology
EMSP 2362 Clinical-Paramedic II
EMSP 2434 Medical Emergencies
EMSP 2444 Cardiology
EMSP 2364 - Practicum

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