*** COVID-19 UPDATES****
Central Texas College is open to students by appointment only due to the COVID-19 Outbreak; to schedule an appointment regarding program admission / registration please contact Ms. Lacey Moore at 254-526-1266, for individual instructors visit the Faculty page for contact info.
For updates regarding the EMS Program see our Facebook page or email the team. For summer 2020 All EMSP courses have been moved online, clinical and lab is continuing with modified schedules. For fall 2020 paramedic classes will conduct traditional (in person lab and lecture) with limited capacities
Registration requirements for the Fall 2020 start dates have been adapted to aid the students with admissions process, see our apply now tab for more information.
Welcome to Central Texas College EMS Program. 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 as EMTs and Paramedics since August of 1983. We have graduates who are working around the world and are making a valuable contribution to the quality of pre-hospital care. Some graduates have continued the training in the medical profession and are now RN’s and even some are physicians. We welcome you as you begin your journey to join their ranks and wish you well during your next semesters of study. The program curriculum is designed to help you meet your EMS education goals to include successful completion with National Registry Testing. 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, or Paramedic through the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) and/or the Texas Department of State Health Services. Central Texas College offers the 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 Paramedic curriculum.
The second semester provides the student with a more advanced foundation in Emergency Medical Services and Paramedic practice. This includes Trauma Management, Patient Assessment, Airway management and Emergency Pharmacology.
The third semester, the student begins the initial didactic and clinical/field experience for the paramedic student. This process will bring their basic foundation together with emphasis on Cardiology, Introduction to advance practice and Medical Emergencies; fostering their basic patient interaction, thought processes, critical thinking, affective domain and psychomotor abilities.
The fourth semester is considered the conclusion of cognitive courses 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 capstone 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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