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
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
Abilene Fire Department – Abilene, TX
4242 East Lake Rd
Abilene, TX 79601
Alvin Community College – Alvin, TX
3110 Mustang Rd
Alvin, TX 77511
Amarillo College – Amarillo, TX
PO Box 447
2201 S. Washington
Amarillo , TX – 79178
Angelina College – Lufkin, TX
PO Box 1768
3500 South First Street
Lufkin , TX – 75902
Austin Community College – Austin, TX
3401 Webberville Rd
Austin , TX – 78702
Blinn College – Bryan, TX
8441 State Highway 47
Clinical Building 1, Suite 3535
Bryan , TX – 77807
Brazosport College – Lake Jackson, TX
500 College Drive
Lake Jackson , TX – 77566
Brookhaven College – Farmers Branch, TX
3939 Valley View Lane
Building X 1073
Farmers Branch , TX – 75244
Central Texas College – Killeen, TX
6200 W CTE
Killeen , TX – 76549
College of the Mainland – Texas City, TX
1200 Amburn Road
Texas City , TX – 77591
Collin County Community College – McKinney, TX
2200 West University Drive
McKinney , TX – 75070-8001
Del Mar College – Corpus Christi, TX
101 Baldwin Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
East Texas Medical Center – Tyler, TX
352 S. Glenwood
Tyler , TX – 75702
El Centro College – Dallas, TX
801 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
El Paso Community College – El Paso, TX
PO Box 20500
10700 Gateway East
El Paso , TX – 79925
EMTS Academy and St David’s Round Rock Medical Center Paramedic Program Consortium – Austin, TX
16238 Hwy 620
Austin, TX 78717
Galveston College – Galveston, TX
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston , TX – 77550
Grayson County College – Denison, TX
6101 Grayson Drive
Denison , TX – 75020
Hill College – Hillsboro, TX
112 Lamar Dr
Hillsboro, TX 76645
Houston Community College System – Houston, TX
555 Community College Drive
Houston , TX – 77013
Howard College – San Angelo TX
3501 North US Hwy 67
San Angelo , TX – 76905
Kilgore College – Longview, TX
300 South High Street
Longview, TX 75601
Lamar Institute of Technology – Beaumont, TX
802 E. Lavaca
PO Box 1006
Beaumont, TX 77710
Laredo Fire Department – Laredo, TX
616 E Del Mar
Laredo, TX 78045
Lone Star College, Cy Fair – Cypress, TX
9191 Barker Cypress Road
Cypress , TX – 77433
Lone Star College, North Harris – Houston, TX
2700 W. W. Thorne Drive
Houston , TX – 77073
McLennan Community College – Waco, TX
1400 College Drive
Waco, TX 76708
Midland College – Midland, TX
3600 N Garfield
Midland, TX 79705
Navarro College – (Waxahachie Campus), TX
1900 John Arden Drive
Waxahachie , TX – 75165
North Texas Community College – Mount Pleasant, TX
1500 North Corinth Street
Corinth , TX – 76208
Odessa College – Odessa, TX
201 W. University Blvd
Odessa , TX – 79764
Panola College – Carthage, TX
820 W Panola
Carthage , TX – 75633
Paris Junior College – Paris, TX
2400 Clarksville Street
Paris , TX – 75460
PERCOM/Kilgore College Consortium – Abilene, TX
PO Box 3744
Abilene , TX – 79604
San Antonio College – San Antonio, TX
1300 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio , TX – 78212-4299
San Jacinto College, Central Campus – Pasadena, TX
PO Box 2007
Pasadena , TX – 77505
San Jacinto College, North Campus – Houston, TX
5800 Uvalde Road
Houston , TX – 77049
South Plains College – Lubbock, TX
819 Gilbert Drive
Lubbock , TX – 79413
South Texas College – McAllen, TX
1101 E. Vermont
PO Box 9701
McAllen , TX – 78501
Tarrant County College (Northeast Campus) -Hurst, TX
828 West Harwood Road
Hurst, TX 76054
Temple College – Temple, TX
2600 South First Street
Temple , TX – 76504
Texarkana College – Texarkana, TX
2500 North Robison Rd
Texarkana, TX 75599-0002
Texas Engineering Extension Service – College Station, TX
College Station , TX – 77840
Texas State Technical College – Abilene, TX
650 E. Hwy 80
Abilene , TX – 79601
Trinity Valley Community College – Palestine, TX
PO Box 2530
2970 North State Hwy 19
Palestine, TX 75801
Tyler Junior College – Tyler, TX
PO Box 9020
1400 Fifth Street, Hwy 64 East
Tyler , TX – 75711
The University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio – San Antonio, TX
4201 Medical Drive, Suite 120
San Antonio , TX – 78229
Victoria College – Victoria, TX
Allied Health Building
2200 E. Red River
Victoria , TX – 77901
Weatherford College – Weatherford, TX
225 College Park Drive
Weatherford , TX – 76086
Wharton County Junior College – Wharton, TX
Dept of Vocational Science
911 E. Boling Hwy
Wharton , TX – 77488
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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