Emergency Medical Services Program
The Emergency Medical Services Program at Trinity Valley Community College consists of two options. One is a 60 credit hour curriculum leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services. This curriculum consists of 38 credit hours of emergency medical services courses and 22 credit hours of general education courses. The second option is a 40 credit hour certificate program including Learning Frameworks and the emergency medical services courses, leading to a Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Services. There are two exit points in both curricula at which times students will be recommended to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) to take the appropriate certification examinations, the EMT and the Paramedic level. EMS graduates who have completed the EMS AAS degree and meet TDSHS requirements can become licensed Paramedics for an additional fee. Upon entry into the field, graduates of both options will be able to provide safe, competent care for patients in both field and hospital settings.
The mission of the Trinity Valley Community College Emergency Medical Services program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with an exit point at the Emergency Medical Technician level.
- What do I need to start?
- Apply to TVCC
- No Selection Application Process
- Registration for EMT classes is on a first come, first served basis.
- Students must have one of the required hepatitis B vaccines or a blood test verifying immunity to hepatitis B completed before registering for the beginning EMT courses.
- Prerequisites: none
- Application Dates: February 1st – June 1st
- What do I need to apply?
- Apply to TVCC
- Certification as EMT Basic before starting paramedic level courses.
- TSI testing documentation, if attending the associate degree program.
- Students who meet the qualifications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until the class is filled.
- Prerequisites: EMSP 1501, 1160 or equivalent
The TVCC Emergency Medical Services Program 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).
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Trinity Valley Community College Emergency Medical Services Program Graduate Achievement Rates on National Registry Exam
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Threshold: 70% Passing National Registry on any attempt
How long is the program?
EMT: Approximately eight hours of lecture/skills per week as well as a total of 24 hours in the Emergency Department and 36 hours with at least three valid emergency runs with approved ambulance departments. There may be additional class/skills times on Saturdays to meet the course requirements.
Paramedic I: Approximately eight hours a week in on-line classes, 8 hours in skills every other week and a total of 320 hours in the hospital (including ER) and Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU).
Paramedic II: Approximately 10 hours a week in on-line classes, 8 hours in skills every other week and a total of 320 hours in diverse hospital clinical settings and on the Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU).
How much does the program cost?
Associates of Applied Science pathway: In-District, about $8,600; Out-of-District about $12,000 [EMS Courses only. Books for general education courses will be an additional expense.] Certificate pathway: In-District, about $7,000; Out-of-District about $9,500
What is the program schedule?
The tentative schedule is as follows: EMT courses on the Athens and Terrell HSC campuses in the evening, either in the fall and spring semesters. Paramedic courses will be offered in a hybrid format with the didactic portions online and skills labs alternating between the Athens, Palestine and Terrell Health Science Center campuses depending on enrollment. Students attend Thursday labs once every other week.
How many students are accepted into the program?
Up to 20 students can enroll in the EMT Basic courses each semester. Up to 20 students will be accepted into each paramedic cohort.
How do I get college credit for my EMT or Paramedic classes if I did not complete them at an accredited college?
CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING (CPL)Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is available to students who took EMT, Advanced EMT or Paramedic courses through continuing education or a non-college based program. Credit will be awarded and placed on the student’s academic record only after the student has met the CPL requirements and paid the credit for prior learning fee. Students interested in receiving advanced placement credit for EMT, or Paramedic courses should contact the Health Science Center counselor for more information.
CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING – EMT LEVELA student who has current certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) as an EMT, but who did not complete EMSP 1501/1160 or receive equivalent transfer credit from another accredited college or university may receive credit for EMSP 1501/1160 if the following Credit for Prior Learning requirements are met:
- 1 - Submission of a copy of current certificate for EMT from TDSHS.
- 2 - Admission acceptance by TVCC.
- 3 - Completion of Credit for Prior Learning form and payment of the non-refundable articulation fee ($10 per credit hour) payable to TVCC.
CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING- – PARAMEDIC LEVELA student who has current certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) as a Paramedic, but who did not complete EMSP 1338/1356/2444/1355/1561/2330/2562/2434/2143 or receive equivalent transfer credit from another accredited college or university may receive credit for EMSP 1338/1356/1561/2444/1355/2330/2562/2434/2143 toward the Associate of Applied Science degree if the following Credit for Prior Learning requirements are met:
- 1 - Submission of a copy of current certificate for Paramedic from TDSHS.
- 2 - Admission acceptance by TVCC.
- 3 - Completion of Credit for Prior Learning form and payment of the non-refundable articulation fee ($10 per credit hour) payable to TVCC (maximum of $150).
How can I get my Associate of Applied Sciences degree from TVCC if I completed my paramedic courses elsewhere?
Here are the steps to make this happen:
Step 1: Obtain Credit for Paramedic classes
- If you graduated with your paramedic certificate from TVCC, go to step 2.
- If you graduated with your paramedic certificate from another accredited college, see the Health Occupations counselor to complete the course substitution form.
- If you completed your paramedic program from a non-accredited program, see the Health Occupations counselor to complete a "Credit for Prior Learning" form and pay the $150 articulation fee.
Step 2: Complete the seven general education courses - 23 semester credit hours.
- At least 15 credit hours MUST be completed at TVCC. This is an accreditation rule - completing 25% of the degree at the degree-granting institution.
- If you have completed any of these courses at another accredited institution, submit an official transcript to the registrar's office.
- All of these can be taken on campus or on-line at TVCC.
- The courses are:
- ENGL 1301- English Composition 1
- PSYC 1300- Learning Frameworks (Can substitute PSYC 2301- General Psychology)
- PSYC 2314 - Human Growth & Development
- BIOL 2401-Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIOL 2402 -Anatomy & Physiology II
- Language/philosophy/culture or Creative Arts elective ( 1 of these HUMA 1301, PHIL 2306, SPAN 2311, ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304, DRAM 1310, 2366, MUSI 1306, 1307, 1310)
- Elective - any 3 hours
Step 3: Apply for graduation by the deadline during the semester when all of the forms/courses will be completed.
Who can I contact if I would like more information about admission into the EMT/Paramedic program?
Jeffrey Ballom, HSC Counselor, email@example.com or 469-614-3804
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