Central Texas College

Program Overview

The Emergency Medical Service Professions (EMSP) basic training is one semester. This semester, the student learns the fundamental and basic level skills for a career in emergency medical services as an EMT basic. The EMT-basic certification must be acquired prior to entering the advanced training.

The Emergency Medical Service Professions (EMSP) advanced training will be divided into three semesters. The first semester (Advanced EMT) provides the student with the foundation for a career in emergency medical services as an advanced EMT candidate. The EMSP program provides persons who wish to limit their training to emergency medical technician-intermediate '85, a conclusion point to exit the program and test for the National Registry I-85 certification.

The second semester (initial paramedic semester), the student begins the initial didactic and clinical/field experience for the paramedic student. This process brings their basic foundation together with emphasis on cardiology and medical emergencies; fostering their basic patient interaction, thought processes and psychomotor abilities.

The third semester (final paramedic semester) is considered the capstone course that brings all components of the previous semesters in didactic and clinical/field experience. Assessment-based management, EMS operations and special populations are all emphasized in this semester. Throughout this semester in lab sessions, the student will be evaluated on all National Registry skills in preparation for their NR practical examination. Students will be encouraged to initiate patient care, develop field and clinical evaluations and conclusions and perform as a team leader while receiving supportive and constructive evaluations from clinical and field preceptors.