Emergency Medical Technology

This program is a Selective Program. Application requirements are included in the description below.

Emergency Medical Technology

The Emergency Medical Technology program will prepare students to deliver out-of-hospital emergency care at the scene of an accident or a medical emergency. A student graduating with an EMT Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree will be prepared to fill positions of EMT Basic, EMT Intermediate, and EMT Paramedic. Emergency Medical Technicians typically serve as vital members of the Emergency Medical Services Team who can, with competence, use their medical skills to relieve suffering and reduce injury severity and death.

EMT Basic Certificate

Instruction at the basic level will serve as a foundation for the other two advanced levels, as well as concentrate on learning general anatomy and physiology and general patient assessment. Students will learn and practice lifesaving procedures such as oxygen administration, spinal motion restriction, bandaging, splinting, and administration of certain medications. Upon Completion of this course students will be eligible to take the NREMT Basic exam provided by the National Registry and apply to Texas for EMT Basic Certification.

EMT Intermediate Certificate

At the intermediate level students will continue to use the foundation they learned as an EMT Basic. They will study in depth the areas of patient assessment, anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system and the respiratory system. They will then practice and perform advanced invasive lifesaving procedures such as intravenous (IV) administration and endotracheal intubation. Upon Completion of this course students will be eligible to take the AEMT exam provided by the National Registry and apply to Texas for Intermediate Certification.

EMT Paramedic Certificate

The highest level that an EMT can achieve is the level of paramedic where the student will concentrate on a more comprehensive patient assessment and learn advanced medical skills such as electrocardiogram interpretation and treatment. The student will also learn and will be able to administer the most current trends in pharmacological treatments, as well as learning the latest care administered in Advance Cardiac Life Support. Upon Completion of this course students will be eligible to take the NREMT Paramedic exam provided by the National Registry and apply to Texas for EMT Paramedic Licensure or EMT Paramedic Certification. Students are prepared for both the written and practical Texas Department of State Health Services and National Registry Certification exams at each level or Licensure at the Paramedic level only. These exams measure proficiency and competency in the standards set by the Texas Department of Health. Completion of the EMT courses will allow the student to be eligible for TDH Certification, thus making the student employable in many settings such as Hospital Emergency Rooms, Industrial Sites, Air Ambulances, Private EMS Providers, Public EMS Providers, City Fire Departments, and Special Rescue Groups.

EMT Associate of Applied Science: Students may complete the certificate in two and four semesters. Courses taken for the certificate program may be applied toward completion of the two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Technology. Upon completion of the degree, the student is eligible to apply to the state of Texas as a Licensed Paramedic.

Application Requirements

All applicants must

  1. Participate in the required Prospective Student Information Session. For the session schedule, access the information online at http://nah.southtexascollege.edu or contact the Emergency Medical Technology Program at 872-3178.
  2. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent.
  3. AAS Degree Option: Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
  4. Certificate options: Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards, or complete developmental classes with a grade of “C” or better or course placement as follows:
    • Completion of READ 0200 or equivalent.
    • Completion of ENGL 0200 or equivalent.
    • Completion of MATH 0200 Developmental Mathematics II or equivalent.
  5. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all courses completed at STC.
  6. Be 18-years of age for clinical/practicum experience.
  7. Hold a valid Texas Driver’s License.
  8. Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series.
  9. Submit a completed program application.

Program Application

Program applications are available from EMT faculty and will be discussed and completed during advisement prior to registration. Please contact the EMT Program office at 956-872-3178 for additional information.

NOTE: Please see program web page for aditional information regarding the application process.

http://nah.southtexascollege.edu/emt/

Graduation Requirements

To earn the Emergency Medical Technology Certificate or Associate of Applied Science Degree, a student must meet all college graduation requirements and complete all coursework as prescribed in the degree plan with a minimum grade of “C”.

Roberto M. Gonzalez, MD, General Surgeon, STC EMT Program Medical Director, Private Practice
Noel Garcia, EMT-P, EMS Director, Starr County EMS
Humberto Saenz, Director of Operations, STAT EMS
Noemi Sanchez, EMT-I, DSHS EMS Program Director
Raul Alviso, EMT-P, Director of Operations, Pro-Medic
Francina Atkins, Director of Education at DHR
Michael Farris, RN EMT Faculty, STC
Dr. Robert Gonzalez Jr., Program Director, EMT Paramedic Program, STC
Henry Cortez, RN EMT Faculty
Lt. Javier Alaniz, EMT-P, McAllen Fire Department
Ray Medina, EMT-P, Flight Nurse Air Evac

Emergency Medical Technology Basic Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technician 5
EMSP 1160 EMT - Basic Clinical 1
EMSP 1166 EMT - Basic Practicum 1
EMSP 1208 Emergency Vehicle Operations 2
EMSP 1371 EMS Documentation 3
EMSP 1472 Emergent Issues in EMT 4
Eligible for the Texas Department of Health State Certificate Exam-EMT Basic  
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours16 Credit Hours

Emergency Medical Technology Intermediate Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technician 5
EMSP 1160 EMT - Basic Clinical 1
EMSP 1166 EMT - Basic Practicum 1
EMSP 1208 Emergency Vehicle Operations 2
EMSP 1371 EMS Documentation 3
EMSP 1472 Emergent Issues in EMT 4
Eligible for the Texas Department of Health State Certificate Exam-EMT Basic  
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice 3
EMSP 1356 Patient Assessment and Airway Management 3
EMSP 1355 Trauma Management 3
EMSP 1161 EMT - Intermediate Hospital Clinical 1
EMSP 1167 EMS EMTI Practicum 1
Eligible for the Texas Department of Health State Certificate Exam-EMT Intermediate  
 Credit Hours11
 Total Credit Hours27 Credit Hours

Emergency Medical Technology Paramedic Certificate

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technician 5
EMSP 1160 EMT - Basic Clinical 1
EMSP 1166 EMT - Basic Practicum 1
EMSP 1208 Emergency Vehicle Operations 2
EMSP 1371 EMS Documentation 3
EMSP 1472 Emergent Issues in EMT 4
Eligible for the Texas Department of Health State Certificate Exam-EMT Basic  
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice 3
EMSP 1356 Patient Assessment and Airway Management 3
EMSP 1355 Trauma Management 3
EMSP 1161 EMT - Intermediate Hospital Clinical 1
EMSP 1167 EMS EMTI Practicum 1
Liable for the Texas Department of Health State Certificate Exam-EMT Intermediate  
 Credit Hours11
Summer Session I
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
 Credit Hours8
Third Semester
EMSP 2444 Cardiology 4
EMSP 2205 EMS Operations 2
EMSP 2143 Assessment Based Management 1
 Credit Hours7
Fourth Semester
EMSP 2434 Medical Emergencies 4
EMSP 2330 Special Populations 3
EMSP 2160 Paramedic Clinical I 1
EMSP 2166 Capstone: Paramedic Practicum 1
Eligible for Texas Department of Health State Certificate Exam-Paramedic Level  
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours51 Credit Hours

Emergency Medical Technology Associate of Applied Science

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technician 5
EMSP 1160 EMT - Basic Clinical 1
EMSP 1166 EMT - Basic Practicum 1
EMSP 1208 Emergency Vehicle Operations 2
EMSP 1371 EMS Documentation 3
EMSP 1472 Emergent Issues in EMT 4
Eligible for the Texas Department of Health State Certificate Exam-EMT Basic.  
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice 3
EMSP 1356 Patient Assessment and Airway Management 3
EMSP 1355 Trauma Management 3
EMSP 1161 EMT - Intermediate Hospital Clinical 1
EMSP 1167 EMS EMTI Practicum 1
Eligible for the Texas Department of Health State Certificate Exam-EMT Intermediate  
 Credit Hours11
Summer Session I
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 1 4
 Credit Hours8
Third Semester
EMSP 2444 Cardiology 4
EMSP 2205 EMS Operations 2
EMSP 2143 Assessment Based Management 1
Humanities Elective 1 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
 Credit Hours13
Fourth Semester
PSYC 2301
General Psychology 1
or Lifespan Growth and Development
3
EMSP 2434 Medical Emergencies 4
EMSP 2330 Special Populations 3
EMSP 2160 Paramedic Clinical I 1
EMSP 2166 Capstone: Paramedic Practicum 1
Eligible for Texas Department of Health State Certificate Exam-Paramedic Level  
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours
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Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement