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. 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.

  • 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

Advising Sessions

Sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm in NAH Room 103.

Session Dates:

  • August 15, 2018
  • September 5, 2018
  • September 12, 2018
  • September 19, 2018
  • September 26, 2018
  • October 3, 2018
  • October 10, 2018
  • October 17, 2018
  • October 24, 2018
  • October 31, 2018
  • November 7, 2018
  • November 14, 2018
  • November 21, 2018
  • November 28, 2018
  • Last Advising Session for 2018: December 5, 2018


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.

For more information about the paramedic employment, statistics, and technical skills refer to link:

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 0200 or equivalent.
  • Completion of ENGL 0200 or equivalent.
  • Completion of WRIT 0200 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.


South Texas College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs  ( www.caahep.org )  upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088 
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992

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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.

Degree Plans Faculty Staff Resources

Name E-mail Phone Location
Archer, Joseph jaarcher 956-872-3032 NAHC 3.326
Benson, Adriana abenson_7681 956-872-3054 NAHC 3.346
Billings, Janelle billings 956-872-3168 NAHC 3.330
Cortez, Henry hcortez 956-872-3172 NAHC 3.334
Flores, Edgar eflore 956-872-3169 NAHC 3.318
Garza, Miriam mgarza46 956-872-3058 NAHC 3.342
Lopez, Leo llopez_6984 956-872-3058 NAHC 3.342
Martinez, David dmarti74 956-872-3048 NAHC 3.338
Miller, Steven smiller 956-872-3004 NAHC 3.322
Tello, Carlos ctello3 956-872-3048 NAHC 3.338

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Name E-mail Phone Location
Quiroz, Maribel 956-872-3178 NAHC 3.306