Which Texas Schools Offer Paramedic Training?

Find out which Texas schools offer paramedic training programs. See requirements, prerequisites and school information, and learn about admissions and tuition for a paramedic education in Texas. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Many programs are available in Texas for paramedics at the non-degree and degree levels and a few of these programs are listed below. Common coursework among these programs includes anatomy and physiology, cardiology and pharmacology along with advanced emergency medical procedures and protocols.

What You Need to Know

You can complete certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree training to work as a paramedic through 2- and 4-year public schools in Texas. Certificate programs take less than two years while associate's and bachelor's degrees take 2 and 4 years, respectively. Common prerequisites include EMT-Basic certification, CPR certification, a background check and immunizations, plus satisfactory math, reading and writing proficiency. Programs require classroom and clinical training; degree programs may require an internship and a capstone course. You may be able to study full-time, part-time, or online. These paramedic training programs prepare graduates to sit for the professional licensing exam. Read on to see if one of them is a good fit for you.

Paramedic Certificate Programs in Texas

Austin Community College District (ACC)

ACC has eight campuses throughout the Central Texas region, and it offers the EMT-Paramedic program at the Cypress Creek and Eastview campuses. Your training includes classroom lectures, clinical training and field experiences. To prepare for graduation, you must complete a paramedic level II capstone course, which includes a comprehensive final exam. In addition, you must participate in a mandatory supervised internship at an EMS facility to be eligible for the National Registry's paramedic certification exam.

  • Program Name: EMT-Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: Five semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,550 per year for in-district residents; $9,210 per year for state residents; $11,340 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Texas EMT-Basic certification or eligible for the National Registry exam
  • Requirements: American Heart Association CPR certification; must be 18 years old by start of program; submit proof of mathematics, reading and writing assessment scores; pass criminal background check; submit immunization records
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 40,900 students (all undergraduate)

Tarrant County College District (TCCD)

This college has five campus locations in Texas and offers a paramedic certificate program at its Northeast Campus in Hurst, TX. You can register for evening classes beginning in the fall semester and daytime classes starting in the spring semester. Your training includes classroom study, a field internship and three semesters of clinical work, which prepares you for Texas Department of State Health Services certification.

TCCD also offers a critical care paramedic course that requires about eight hours of clinical rotations per week. This course provides training on how to treat intensive care patients. You must be a practicing certified or licensed paramedic and have two or more years of experience or be enrolled in a paramedic associate's degree program to take this course.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: Five semesters (16 months)
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,320 per year for in-district residents; $2,064 per year for state residents; $4,920 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Current Texas EMT-Basic certification; high school diploma; satisfactory math, reading and writing skills scores
  • Requirements: Current American Heart Association CPR certification prior to clinical rotations; have health insurance; submit proof of vaccinations; pass criminal background check and drug screening
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 50,600 students (all undergraduate)

University of Texas (UT) Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

Located in the seventh largest city in the U.S., is the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. You can train to be an EMT-Paramedic at the center's Greehey Academic and Research Campus. By successfully completing this program, you are eligible for the National Registry's paramedic certification exam. The program consists of 33 course credits that are available in a full-time or part-time format. You'll explore topics in anatomy and physiology, cardiology, pharmacology and clinical paramedic procedures.

  • Program Name: EMT-Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: Two semesters
  • Tuition: $5,242 per year for state residents; $16,354 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Current EMT-Basic certificate for the state of Texas; high school diploma or GED
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students

Paramedic Associate's Degree Programs in Texas

Amarillo College

Amarillo College has six campus locations throughout the Western Texas region. Amarillo College's EMSP degree program consists of 70 semester hours of classroom, lab and practicum experience. Completion of all education requirements can prepare you to become a licensed paramedic. Some of the courses you take include emergency pharmacology, pediatric advanced life support and trauma management. The college allows up to three years to complete your training.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Medical Services Professions (EMSP)
  • Program Length: Five semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,010 per year for in-district residents; $3,042 per year for state residents; $4,578 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; complete math, reading and writing assessment
  • Requirements: Submit proof of immunization
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 10,300 students (all undergraduate)

Austin Community College District (ACC)

This 69-credit-hour degree program provides training in areas such as advanced cardiac and pediatric life support, trauma life support, end-of-life procedures and weight training. In your final semester, you must complete a capstone assessment course to test your knowledge and an internship to gain practical skills. After meeting all of these requirements, you will be eligible for the paramedic licensure examination.

  • Program Name: AAS in Emergency Medical Services Professions (EMSP)
  • Program Length: Five semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,550 per year for in-district residents; $9,210 per year for state residents; $11,340 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Texas EMT-Basic certification or eligible for the National Registry exam
  • Requirements: American Heart Association CPR certification; must be 18 years old by start of program; submit proof of mathematics, reading and writing assessment scores; pass criminal background check; submit immunization records
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 40,900 (all undergraduate)

Paramedic Bachelor's Degree Program in Texas

UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

The EHS degree program is offered online and is designed for practicing paramedics seeking educational advancement. You receive further training in three primary areas: advanced EMS education, EMS management and medical care. Although this degree program consists of 124 credit hours, only 52 credit hours make up your baccalaureate-level coursework. The remaining credits include your general education courses (42 credits transferred from another college) and paramedic preparation courses (30 credits from an EMT-Paramedic program). You must also complete a 6-credit internship in your last semester to earn your degree.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Sciences (EHS)
  • Program Length: Flexible
  • Tuition: $5,242 per year for state residents; $16,354 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Current Texas EMT-Paramedic certification; 42 hours of coursework in Texas Core Curriculum with a grade of C or better; 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on all college-level courses
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 3,100 undergraduate and graduate

Texas paramedics have a variety of program and degree options available: certificate programs are available at Austin Community College District, Tarrant County College District and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; paramedic associate's degree programs are offered through Amarillo College and Austin Community College District; a bachelor's program can be found at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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