Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Help Save Lives as an Emergency Medical Technician

If you enjoy helping others, have lots of patience and like an adrenaline rush when being called into action, you may be the perfect fit to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). A career as an EMT is lived on the cutting edge as you care for individuals with health emergencies. At any given time, you may be the first to arrive at the scene by ambulance or helicopter to assist individuals injured in accidents, experiencing life threatening trauma such heart attacks and strokes, or have been victims of violence.

There are three levels of EMS training: Basic, Intermediate and Paramedic. Paramedics receive the most advanced training and provide the most extensive pre-hospital care. Typical Paramedic duties include: caring for patients at the scene and on EMT transport; managing respiratory, cardiac and trauma emergencies; administering drugs and intravenous fluids; interpreting electrocardiograms; and many other life-saving tasks. 

EMT performing exam in ambulance  ACC ambulance training vehicle

Career Opportunities

EMTs and paramedics are employed in a number of industries including private ambulance firms, local governments, service providers, hospitals, industrial/occupational safety, fire department EMS agencies, disaster/special rescue teams, special event/entertainment medic, and police/tactical paramedic. The demand for EMTs and paramedics will continue to increase as the population grows – particularly older age groups that are the greatest users of emergency medical services. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), EMTs and paramedics in Texas earn an annual average salary of $36,850. 

For more information on career opportunities in Emergency Medical Technology, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

You will receive personal attention and hands-on instruction through class lectures, skills training and clinical training in hospital and ambulance settings. Alvin Community College's EMT program adheres to the curricula set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Health Services, American Heart Association, and the International Trauma Life Support Association.

The EMT program offers three pathways: an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, an Advanced Technical Certificate, and an EMT Paramedic Certificate.

In this program you will learn: 

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Cardiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Trauma Management
  • And many other skills necessary to become an EMT

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

EMSP 1160 - Clinical - Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

1

EMSP 1501 - Emergency Medical Technical - Basic

5

HITT 1305 - Medical Terminology

3
SECOND SEMESTER

EMSP 1166 - Practicum I - EMT Paramedic

1

EMSP 1261 - Clinical I - EMT Paramedic

2

EMSP 1338 - Introduction to Advanced Practice

3

EMSP 1355 - Trauma Management

3

EMSP 1356 - Patient Assessment & Airway Management

3
THIRD SEMESTER

EMSP 2206 - Emergency Pharmacology

2

EMSP 2434 - Medical Emergencies

4

EMSP 2444 - Cardiology

4
MINI I SEMESTER

EMSP 2137 - Emergency Pharmacy

1

EMSP 2330 - Special Populations

3

MINI II SEMESTER

EMSP 2160 - Clinical II - EMT Paramedic

1
 SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER

+BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I

4

EMSP 2143 - Assessment Based Management

1

EMSP 2305 - EMS Operations

3

MINI I SEMESTER

EMSP 2261 - Clinical III - EMT Paramedic

2
 MINI II SEMESTER 
 *EMSP 2166 - Practicum II - EMT Paramedic 1
 SECOND SEMESTER 
+Select from Creative Art Core Curriculum or
+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum
3
 +BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II 4

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3
 +Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum 3
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY (A.A.S.) DEGREE –
CREDIT HOURS
 60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or
Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone course. 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATE
40 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

EMSP 1160 - Clinical - Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

1

EMSP 1501 - Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

5
SECOND SEMESTER

EMSP 1166 - Practicum I - EMT Paramedic

1

EMSP 1261 - Clinical I - EMT Paramedic

2

EMSP 1338 - Introduction to Advanced Practice

3

EMSP 1355 - Trauma Management

3

EMSP 1356 - Patient Assessment & Airway Management

3
THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER)

EMSP 2160 - Clinical II - EMT Paramedic

1

MINI I SEMESTER

EMSP 2206 - Emergency Pharmacology

2

EMSP 2444 - Cardiology

4

MINI II SEMESTER

EMSP 2330 - Special Populations 3

EMSP 2434 - Medical Emergencies

4

SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

*EMSP 2166 - Practicum II - EMT Paramedic

1

EMSP 2243 - Assessment Based Management

2

EMSP 2261 - Clinical III - EMT Paramedic

2

EMSP 2305 - EMS Operations

3
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATE
– CREDIT HOURS
 40

*Capstone course. 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
ADVANCED CERTIFICATE
18 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL) CREDITS

ENDT 1310 - Neuroanatomy & Physiology 

3

ENDT 1345 - Applied Electronics & Instrumentation  

3
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

EMSP 1338 - Introduction to Advanced Practice

3

*EMSP 1166 - Practicum I - EMT Paramedic

1

EMSP 1261 - Clinical I - EMT Paramedic

2

EMSP 1355 - Trauma Management

3

EMSP 1356 - Patient Assessment & Airway Management

3
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
ADVANCED CERTIFICATE
 – CREDIT HOURS
 18
*Capstone course.

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate yearly costs for the EMT A.A.S. Degree program including tuition and fees are $4,600 for in-district students, $7,300 for students out-of-district, and $10,200 for non-residents. 

Approximate yearly costs for the EMT Paramedic Certificate program including tuition and fees are $3,300 for in-district students, $5,200 for students out-of-district, and $7,100 for non-residents. 

Yearly costs for the EMT Advanced Certificate program including tuition and fees are approximately $1,300 for in-district students, $2,200 for students out-of-district, and $3,050 for non-residents. 

Additional associated fees must be calculated separately. 

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

The paramedic program of Alvin Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

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