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. 

Important Application Information

The application deadlines for Emergency Medical Technician - Basic are: 

  1. Fall - June 1 through August 1
  2. Spring - October 1 through December 1
  3. Summer - March 1 through May 1

Applications for Advanced EMT are accepted year round. Advanced EMT courses are offered each Spring.

Applications for  Paramedic are accepted year round. Paramedic courses are offered each Fall.

Letters regarding application status will be sent to the applicants during the windows listed below:

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

  1. Fall - Between August 2 and August 6
  2. Spring - Between December 2 and December 6
  3. Summer - Between May 2 and May 6

Advanced EMT

Annually between December 2 and December 6.

Paramedic

Annually between August 2 and August 6.

Entrance Exam

All ACC Emergency Medical Technology applicants must take and pass (75% or above) an entrance exam as part of the application process.

All ACC Emergency Medical Technology Entrance Exams are administered between the 20th and 30th of each month, excluding January, August, and December.

Applicants are afforded three attempts to pass the entrance exam. Applicants must complete all attempts needed to score a 75% or higher during this window. Entrance Exam windows of administration are firmly set. Early exam dates will not be granted. Late exams dates will not be granted. 

EMT: No entrance exam fee per attempt

Advanced EMT:  $5.00 fee per attempt

Paramedic: $5.00 fee per attempt

Click on the link below to register for an entrance exam.
https://form.jotform.com/211124278273047

Applicants will receive entrance exam instructions 24 to 48 hours prior to their assigned exam date.

Applicants are not permitted to take the entrance exam until they have completed Steps 1 and 2 of the Step by Step Application Instructions.

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.

2019 Paramedic Statistics 

  • Retention: The percentage of students who started on the enrollment date (who began Paramedic coursework) who are enrolled, graduated, or stopped-out (i.e., reasonably expected to re-enroll at a later date). (CoAEMSP Glossary)
    • Cohort #1
      • Initial Enrollment = 9 students
    • Cohort #2
      • Initial Enrollment = 6 students
    •   ACC Paramedic Program 2019 Retention = 100%
  • Attrition: The percentage of students in a given class who started on the enrollment date, but are no longer enrolled in the program and who the program does not believe have a reasonable likelihood of returning. The Committee requires programs to report attrition in the categories of: nonacademic reasons, general education courses, and professional courses (CoAEMSP Glossary)
    • Cohort #1 
      • Initial Enrollment = 9 students
      • Final Enrollment = 7 students 
    • Cohort #2
      • Initial Enrollment = 6 students
      • Final Enrollment = 4 students
    • ACC Paramedic Program 2019 Attrition: 26.7% 
  • National Registry Results 
    • Cohort #1 Written Exam:
      • First-Time Pass Rate – 29% 
      • Overall Pass Rate within 3 Attempts – 86% 
    • Cohort #2 Written Exam:
      • First-Time Pass Rate - 0%
      • Overall Pass Rate within 3 Attempts - 100%
    • Cohort #1 Practical Exam (Skills):
      • First-Time Pass Rate – 100% 
    • Cohort #2 Practical Exam (Skills):
      • First-Time Pass Rate - 100%
  • Positive Job Placement in 2019 
    • Cohort #1 - 85.7%
    • Cohort #2 - 100% 

 

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

 

DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE CURRICULUM GUIDE
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 Procedures

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 

EMSP 2206 - Emergency Pharmacology

2

EMSP 2434 - Medical Emergencies

4

EMSP 2444 - Cardiology

4

MINI I SEMESTER

EMSP 2137 - Emergency Procedures

1

EMSP 2330 - Special Populations

3

MINI II SEMESTER

EMSP 2160 - Clinical II - EMT - Paramedic 1

SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER 

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
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATE
– CREDIT HOURS
 40

*Capstone course. 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN
ADVANCED CERTIFICATE
18 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  CREDITS

EMSP 1160 - Clinical - EMT Basic 

1

EMSP 1501 - EMT Basic

5
SECOND SEMESTER 

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 TECHNICIAN
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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