In Texas, one becomes a licensed paramedic if he or she has earned an EMS degree. In all, there are 5 levels of certification. The highest is licensed paramedic, followed by EMT-P, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Basic and Emergency Care Attendant (ECA).
Paramedic Training in Texas
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- Amarillo College – Amarillo, TX
- Austin Community College – Austin, TX
- Blinn College – Bryan, TX
- Brazosport College – Lake Jackson, TX
- Brookhaven College – Farmers Branch, TX
- Central Texas College – Killeen, TX
- College of the Mainland – Texas City, TX
- Collin County Community College – McKinney, TX
- Galveston College – Galveston, TX
- Grayson County College – Denison, TX
- Hill College – (Cleburne Campus), TX
- Houston Community College System – Houston, TX
- Howard College – (San Angelo Campus), Big Spring TX
- Lone Star College, North Harris – Houston, TX
- Lone Star College, Cy Fair – Cypress, TX
- Methodist Dallas Medical Center – Dallas, TX
- Midland College – Midland, TX
- Navarro College – (Waxahachie Campus), TX
- North Central Texas College, Corinth – Corinth, TX
- Panola College – Carthage, TX
- Paris Junior College – Paris, TX
- PERCOM/Kilgore College Consortium – Abilene, TX
- San Antonio College – San Antonio, TX
- San Jacinto College, Central Campus – Pasadena, TX
- San Jacinto College, North Campus – Houston, TX
- South Plains College – Lubbock, TX
- Tarrant County College District – Ft. Worth, TX
- Temple College – Temple, TX
- Texas State Technical College – Abilene, TX
- Trinity Valley Community College – Athens, TX
- Tyler Junior College – Tyler, TX
- The University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio – San Antonio, TX
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas – Dallas, TX
- Weatherford College – Weatherford, TX
- Wharton County Junior College – Wharton, TX
Paramedic Program Requirements in Texas
· You will need to be 18 years old. You will also need to be a high school graduate or have your GED.
· You will need to have your EMT Basic certificate from the state of Texas. It’s possible that your National Registry certificate will suffice, as well.
· You may be asked to take the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment) test, or an approved alternative test like COMPASS.
· You will also need to have proper CPR certification and, in many cases, have completed anatomy and physiology courses, as well. Depending on the program, an ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification is required, too.
· Each paramedic program requires different things from their prospective students. Immunizations are certainly required (due to clinical rotations), and depending on where you apply, you might also need to provide proof of citizenship. You’ll likely need to go through a criminal background check and drug screening, too. Written references may or may not be required by the school.
· You will want to make sure that whichever paramedic training program in Texas you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Texas?
Make sure you visit the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) to find an accredited paramedic training program. This is important, because as of January 1, 2013, all students will need to complete paramedic education at an accredited school in order to take the paramedic NREMT exam.
Do I need EMT experience to apply to a paramedic training program?
This varies from school to school, so check be sure to check around for a program that fits you best. Typically, you don’t need EMT experience, you just need to provide the program with a copy of your EMT card.
How long will it take me to become a paramedic?
This really depends on the college and training program you select. Typically, a paramedic program can take anywhere from 6 months to two years to complete.
How much will a paramedic training program cost?
All paramedic courses are a bit different and vary college to college. But, typically, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for a quality and thorough paramedic training course. Some programs can most certainly exceed that cost, however.
At Lone Star College, for example, the tuition cost for students in-district is approximately $1,575. For those out-of-district, the tuition increases to $3.450.
TAKING THE PARAMEDIC NREMT EXAM
After you successfully complete the required paramedic training course, you will want to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT.org) exam. This is both a computer adaptive test (cognitive examination) as well as a skills test (psychomotor examination).
The cognitive examination will cover the entire spectrum of EMS care. This includes Airway, Ventilation, Oxygenation, Trauma, Cardiology, Medical, and EMS Operations. The maximum amount of time you will be given to pass this portion of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The psychomotor examination consists of 12 separate skills laid out in a scenario-type format to approximate the abilities of the EMT-Paramedic to function in the out-of-hospital setting. Those taking the test are actually allowed to bring their own equipment to the exam provided it is approved for testing by the National Registry Representative in attendance at the examination.
The psychomotor exam portion of the paramedic NREMT exam will test your knowledge and competency in each of the following skills: Patient Assessment-Trauma, Ventilatory Management, Cardiac Management Skills, IV and Medication Skills, Oral Station, Pediatric Skills, and Random Basic Skills.
PRACTICING AS A PARAMEDIC
State certification and licensure is done through the Texas Department of State Health Services. After you complete your paramedic training program and pass the NREMT-P exam, you would then apply to the state to receive certification or licensure.
You can fill out the application form here, and when it’s complete, send it to:
Texas Department of State Health Services, Attn: Cash Receipts Branch, MC2003, PO Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347.
An electronic application may also be filled out here.
How much money does a paramedic make annually?
An average paramedic salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011, is about $34,030 per year.
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