Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

The Alvin Community College EMS Program program is designed to prepare students for a career in emergency medical services.

The courses in the ACC EMS Program lead to certification(s) in EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic.

The program is set up in a simple 4 step process:

  1. Students successfully completing the first semester take the NREMT certification exam to earn an EMT-Basic Certification.
  2. Students completing the second semester may take the NREMT certification exam to earn an Advanced EMT Certification.
  3. Students completing the final two semesters take the NREMT certification exam to earn a Paramedic Certification.
  4. Students who also successfully complete all the above along with the additional general education courses will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency
    Medical Services, which broadens and heightens the student’s career opportunity and portability.

*note all certification courses must be taken in order.

Important Application Information

 

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 

EMT-Basic courses are offered on the Main Campus in Alvin each Fall and Spring. 

NEW! Emergency Medical Technician - Basic - This new course will be offered at the new West Campus Expansion, located on Magnolia Parkway in Manvel!

 

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

Advanced EMT courses are offered each Spring and Summer.

 

Paramedic

Paramedic courses are offered each Fall.

 

NEW! Critical Care/Flight Paramedic

 

Applicants who miss the deadline for their chosen semester should contact the program director at bayres@alvincollege.edu. Late applications are not guaranteed admission for their chosen semester. Late acceptance is subject to late tuition fees.

 

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Career Opportunities

EMTs and paramedics are employed in a number of industries including private ambulance firms, local governments, service providers, hospitals, industrial/occupational safety, fire department EMS agencies, disaster/special rescue teams, special event/entertainment medic, and police/tactical paramedic. The demand is high for EMTs and paramedics and will continue to increase as the population grows.

In the State of Texas, there are almost 800 EMS agencies, staffing over 72,000 responding professionals, on over 5,000 ambulances. 

For more information on career opportunities in Emergency Medical Services, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

Program Goals

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

In this program you will learn to:

Respond to 911 calls for emergency medical assistance, assess a patient's condition and determine a course of treatment. You will also learn to provide treatment or life support care to sick or injured patients and how to transport patients safely in an ambulance.

Curriculum Guide – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate


*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate yearly costs for the EMT A.A.S. Degree program including tuition and fees and textbook are $6,024.95 for in-district students, $8,844.95 for students out-of-district, and $12,024.95 for non-residents. 

Approximate yearly costs for the EMT Paramedic Certificate program including tuition and fees and textbook are $5,248.40 for in-district students, $7,128.40 for students out-of-district, and $9,248.40 for non-residents. 

Yearly costs for the EMT Advanced Certificate program including tuition and fees and textbook are approximately $2,562.45 for in-district students, $3,408.45 for students out-of-district, and $4,362.45 for non-residents. 

Additional associated fees must be calculated separately. 

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

The paramedic program of Alvin Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2022.

The most recent success rate for the National Registry for EMT Paramedic/State Written exam was 60%. 

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as "Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military." Positive placement is measured at completion of the program. 

The most recent retention rate was 83.3%.

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COLLEGE & CAREER PATHWAYS

Emergency Medical Services is part of our Health Career Pathway. Click the box below to see other Health programs that may interest you.

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