Emergency Medical Technology

Program Info:

  • Delivery:
    • Basic: McAllen - Days & Nights; Starr County - Days
    • Intermediate and Paramedic: McAllen - Days
  • Start:
    • Basic & Intermediate: Fall, Spring, & Summer; Paramedic: Fall
  • Locations:
    • Nursing Allied Health Campus - McAllen
    • Mid-Valley Campus - Weslaco
    • Starr County Campus - Rio Grande City

Goals

To prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technology (Intermediate), and Emergency Medical Technician/Basic and First Responder Levels.

Major Description

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. EMTs typically serve as vital members of the Emergency Medical Services team who can, with competence, use their medical skills to relieve suffering, reduce injury severity, and prevent death.

For more information about the paramedic employment, statistics, and technical skills refer to link:
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2041.00

Degrees & Certificates

  • EMT Associate of Applied Science Degree: 71 hours
  • Basic Certificate: 16 hours
  • Intermediate Certificate: 28 hours
  • Paramedic Certificate: 52 hours

Associate Degree:

EMT Associate of Applied Science Degree

Students may complete the certificate in one and two years.

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.

Certificates:

EMT Basic Certificate

Cost of Program

Tuition & fees: $1,790.00
Books & supplies: $792.50
On-Campus Room & Board: Not Offered

Length of Program

Intended time to complete: 1 semester
% of graduates who completed on time: 29.2%

Employment

Jobs related to this program:
. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (29-2041.00) O*NET

Debt

Median debt from federal loans: $0
Median debt from private educational loans: $5,930
Median debt from institution financing plan: $0

Job Placement

% Job Placement of Graduates N/A

EMT Intermediate Certificate

Cost of Program

Tuition & fees: $3,295.00
Books & supplies: $1,577.00
On-Campus Room & Board: Not Offered

Length of Program

Intended time to complete: 2 semesters
% of graduates who completed on time: 60%

Employment

Jobs related to this program:
. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (29-2041.00) O*NET

Debt

Median debt from federal loans: $0
Median debt from private educational loans: $
Median debt from institution financing plan: $0

Job Placement

% Job Placement of Graduates N/A

EMT Paramedic Certificate

Cost of Program

Tuition & fees: $6,659.00
Books & supplies: $3,381.00
On-Campus Room & Board: Not Offered

Length of Program

Intended time to complete: 4 semesters
% of graduates who completed on time: 89%

Employment

Jobs related to this program:
. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (29-2041.00) O*NET

Debt

Median debt from federal loans: $0
Median debt from private educational loans: $0
Median debt from institution financing plan: $0

Job Placement

% Job Placement of Graduates 72%

Work Environment

A student graduating with an EMT Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree will be prepared to fill positions in Emergency Medical Services, Private Ambulance Companies, Air Ambulance Services, Oil Rigs, and Hospitals.

Potential Job Opportunities

Employment of EMTs is expected to grow much faster than the average for other occupations. Driving the growth is the expanding population. The number of older people, who are more likely to need emergency services, is increasing rapidly. Additional job openings will occur as more states begin to allow EMT Paramedics to perform primary care on the scene without transporting the patient to a medical facility. Most job openings will occur because of this occupation's substantial replacement needs.

Salary Data

Earnings of EMTs depend on the employment setting and geographic location as well as the individual's training and experience.

  • Average Wage: $25,000/year
  • Top Earners: $59,000/year

Exam / Application Requirements

Complete college placement test with minimum scores or complete developmental classes with a grade of "C" or better or course placement as follows:

  • Completion of READ 0080 or equivalent.
  • Completion of ENGL 0081 or equivalent.
  • Completion of READ 0085 or equivalent.

The applicant should visit the Nursing Allied Health Campus to speak with the Department representative to receive an application to the program. All applicants must be cleared through the Clinical Specialist in order to attend the Clinicals required in the program.