Welcome to Central Texas College EMS programs. You have chosen a very exciting and rewarding health care profession. Central Texas College has been preparing individuals to enter the field of pre-hospital care since August 1983. We have graduates working around the world and making a valuable contribution to the quality of pre-hospital care. Some graduates have continued the training in the medical profession and are now RNs and even some physicians. You will experience an array of new challenges, wonderful ideas and varied cultures within an exceptional learning environment.
The Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program is offered to qualified candidates seeking a career in the EMS profession. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the exam to become certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced EMT or Paramedic through the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) and/or the Texas Department of State Health Services. Central Texas College offers the EMT, Advanced EMT and the Paramedic as certificates of completion and/or an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedicine.
Programs of Study
Emergency Medical Technology (AAS)
The Emergency Medical Service Professions (EMSP) training will be divided into five semesters. The first semester (EMT) provides the student with the foundation for a career in Emergency Medical Services as an EMT candidate. The EMSP program will provide persons who wish to limit their training to the EMT portion, a conclusion point to exit the program and test for the National Registry EMT certification exam. Students must successfully receive National or Texas State certification as an EMT in order to progress to the Advanced EMT curriculum.
The second semester provides the student with a more advanced foundation in Emergency Medical Services. The EMSP program will provide persons who wish to limit their training to the AEMT portion, a conclusion point to exit the program and test for the National Registry Advanced EMT certification exam after the third semester when all AEMT course requirements are completed. AEMT certification is not required to proceed to the next semester. All students wishing to continue through the program to Paramedic, would be able to do so.
The third semester, the student begins the initial didactic and clinical/field experience for the paramedic student and finalizes course requirements for AEMT. This process will bring their basic foundation together with emphasis on Cardiology, Emergency Pharmacology and Medical Emergencies; fostering their basic patient interaction, thought processes, and psychomotor abilities.
The fourth semester is considered the capstone cognitive course that brings all components of the previous semesters in didactic and some 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 and for their upcoming field internship.
The fifth semester (final Paramedic semester; 5 weeks) students will be encouraged to initiate patient care, develop field evaluations and conclusions, and perform as a team leader, while receiving supportive and constructive evaluations from field preceptors. Upon successful completion of this 5-week internship semester, the student will receive their Paramedic Course Completion and be eligible to sit for the National Registry Paramedic certification exam.
Summary information for the EMS Program Outcomes, regarding our student/graduate achievements in 2018 an 89.7% National Registry Written exam pass rate, a 89% Retention Rate, and a 80.2% Positive Job Placement rate.
See Class Schedules for specific course offerings.
EMT/Paramedic Career Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMT employment is projected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations. Learn more . . .
Not stateside? View the EMT/paramedic options available in Europe.
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*** COVID-19 UPDATES****
Central Texas College will remain closed until April 6th due to the COVID-19 Outbreak, for updates regarding the EMS Program see our facebook page or email the team. All EMSP courses have been moved online, clinical is continuing with modified schedules.
Registration for the Summer 2020 start dates have been adapted to aid the students in going, see our apply now tab for more information.