The EMT-Basic program includes classroom instruction covering Basic Life Support knowledge and skills criteria, and clinical and field internship. Successful completion of the course requirements prepares the student for the National Registry of EMT certification examination.
The EMT-Basic certificate program is offered during spring and summer semesters. Classes meet for lectures and skills practice from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., 3 days per week. In addition, 45 hours of clinical rotations are required during the semester.
Successful completion of the EMT Basic course requirements prepares the student for the National Registry of EMT certification examination.
The Advanced Practice/CommunityParamedic program includes classroom instruction covering anatomy, physiology, patient assessment, advanced airway shock/trauma management, cardiovascular disease recognition and management, advanced treatment protocols for trauma, medical and special patient emergencies, and clinical and field internship. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the NREMT Paramedic certification examination.
The Paramedic certificate program consists of 42 semester credit hours and is offered with full-time and part-time options. The full-time option begins in fall semester and ends in the spring semester.
Graduates of the Paramedic program are eligible to take the NREMT-Paramedic certification examination. Note that EMT-Basic certified applicants who have successfully completed the first two semesters of the Paramedic program may apply for state or National Certification at the EMT-Intermediate Level.
The Bachelor of Science degree offered through the Emergency Health Sciences Department was created to afford paramedics an opportunity to advance their education to the Bachelor of Science level. Students entering the program must already be certified as paramedics at either the state or national level (through the NREMT). The program focuses on three primary areas which benefit paramedics as they progress in their careers: advanced medical care, EMS education, and EMS management.
The BS degree consists of 124 semester hour credits. The first 30 hours include the courses a student takes to prepare for certification as a paramedic. These hours may be obtained through the UTHSCSA paramedic program or a paramedic program at any other regionally accredited college or university. Students who are certified paramedics but do not have these credit hours are allowed to obtain them through a credit-by-exam process once they are enrolled in the program.
The second portion of the degree is made up of 42 semester hour credits from the “core curriculum”. These general education courses must be taken at a regionally accredited college or university and transferred to UTHSCSA since they are not offered here. Credit for some of these core courses may be obtained through the CLEP/DANTES process.
The final 52 semester hour credits are offered through our online BS program. These courses are all distance education classes using the internet for content delivery. This degree is designed to meet individual students’ educational and career goals. Therefore, in consultation with the program director, the student may create an individualized curriculum of at least 52 semester credit hours from the Bachelor of Science courses.
The EMT Basic and Paramedic certificate programs are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, and by the Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Management, 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756-3199.