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.

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

Program Orientation

Spring 2022 Orientation
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Room: Blackboard Collaborate
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm

1101 E Vermont Ave. McAllen, Texas 78503

Information Sessions

General information sessions for the Emergency Medical Technology Program will be held via Zoom until further notice.

If interested please email Mari Ponce-Vargas, Student Success Specialist, at  marip@southtexascollege.edu to receive a meeting invite.

Information sessions will be held on Tuesdays, from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Application Requirements

  1. Participate in the Prospective Student Information Session.
  2. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent, except for dual credit students.
  3. EMT-Basic Certificate TSI exempt.
  4. Advanced EMT Certificate TSI exempt.
  5. Paramedic Certificate or AAS Degree Option: Meet TSI College Readiness Standards or meet TSI exemption standards.
  6. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all courses completed at STC or, if currently a high school student, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on the high school transcript.
  7. Be 18-years of age to be eligible for certification by the Texas Department of State and Health Services or National Registry.
  8. Hold a valid Texas Driver’s License or Texas ID.
  9. Clinical/Practicum Requirements (Complio)
    Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen, current CPR status, current accident/health insurance and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series. https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/clinical_affairs.html
  10. If you have a criminal record and would like to be evaluated for eligibility, contact the Department of State Health Service - Office of EMS and Trauma Systems Coordination 512-834-6740 for more information. The Petition for EMS Criminal History Pre-Screening form and the Texas Fingerprint Service Code form are available at  www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/formsresources.shtm.
  11. Submit a completed program application.
  12. Meet the technical standards of the program.

Program Application

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

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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.

Program Selection Process

Students accepted on a first-come first-serve basis until maximum class size reached. A waiting list for the next available class is established if more applications are received that can be accommodated.


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 (Advanced), and Emergency Medical Technician/Basic and First Responder Levels.


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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
FAX 214-703-8992

CoAEMSP Expected Level of Achievement 70% on all categories
EMT Annual Program Outcomes
Retention/Attrition 2019: 74.1%
National Registry (Students attempting exam) 2019: 75.0%
Positive Job Placement 2019: 95.0%

Degree Plans Faculty Staff Career Exploration 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
Gutierrez, Jose Luis jgutierrez_1856 956-872-3213 NAHC 3.344
Lopez, Leo llopez_6984 956-872-3166 NAHC 3.338
Miller, Steven smiller 956-872-3004 NAHC 3.322
Tello, Carlos ctello3 956-872-3048 NAHC 3.314

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Name E-mail Phone Location
Solis, Anna - Faculty Secretary asolis19 956-872-3178 NAHC 3.302
Heredia, Karina - Records Technician kheredi1 956-872-3210 NAHC 3.418

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

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


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