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Emergency Medical Services Professions

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Responding at a moment's notice with broad medical knowledge

The difference between saving a life and tragedy can depend on the quality of one's education. ACC's nationally accredited emergency medical services program covers a wide-range of medical skills, allowing students to develop the confidence and expertise to treat patients in any situation or environment. In small, intensive classes at our state-of-the-art facility, students can prepare for Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certification or work toward a career as an EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic. Our programs build upon one another and offer critical preparation for state and national registry exams.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not already completed the ACC admissions process, please visit the Future Students page. At the financial aid page you can check your eligibility and submit an application.

This program has specific program requirements and prerequisite courses. Acceptance to ACC does not guarantee admission to this program.

You must also participate in an online information session to receive an application for EMT- Basic classes. Once your application has been approved through the dean's office, you will be required to undergo a criminal background check. When your criminal background check is completed, you will be notified to register for class. Convictions do not necessarily prevent admission; however, failure to disclose a criminal record may result in revocation of your certification, if issued.

What skills can I gain?

The EMT-Basic or EMT-B is required training in a variety of industries, and many students enter the program exclusively to get their EMT-B. It is the entry-level certification for a career in emergency medical services and a prerequisite for admission to the EMT-Intermediate & Paramedic Programs at ACC. EMT-B training is also a requirement for anyone seeking a commission as a firefighter in Texas. Students receive preparation for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam for certification as an EMT-B. Once a student has completed National Registry requirements, he or she may then receive EMT-B certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Office of EMS/Trauma Systems Coordination.

This certificate is designed to help students more quickly enter the workforce at the mid-level rank of EMT-Intermediate. Students may apply these courses toward certification as a paramedic in the future. As with the other Emergency Medical Services Professions programs, students gain expertise in patient assessment and treatment of a variety of health problems, with instruction in the classroom and in the field. Upon completion of all coursework for the certificate, students are eligible to take the National Registry exam for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate.

This certificate program also prepares students to become licensed paramedics.. It differs from the associate degree program in that the certificate plan requires fewer credit hours and does not include general academic classes. However, certificate program students go through the same classroom instruction and supervised clinical and field experience described above. This program also includes an intensive internship on an EMS unit with an EMS field-training officer. Upon completion of all course work, the student is eligible to take the National registry exam for certification as a paramedic.

Successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree leads to licensure as a paramedic, the top rank in the emergency medical services field. Experienced paramedics enjoy competitive salaries, and some employers may offer advanced opportunities to paramedics who hold an associate degree. This program combines classroom teaching with supervised clinical and field experience. In addition to general academic courses, students focus on patient assessment and initial treatment of a variety of conditions, including respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine and nervous system problems; obstetrical, pediatric, geriatric, and behavioral emergencies; bleeding and shock; all types of trauma; and burns. Students learn about pharmacology, toxicology, environmental diseases, and infectious diseases as well. The curriculum incorporates American Heart Association Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and a trauma course certification. This program also includes an intensive internship on an EMS unit with an EMS field-training officer. Upon completion of all coursework, students are eligible to take the national registry exam for certification as a paramedic.

How long will it take to get a degree or certificate?

The two courses required for EMT-Basic (EMSP 1501 & EMSP 1160) each last one semester and are offered every fall, spring, and 11-week summer semester.

The EMT-Intermediate Certificate requires at least two semesters of study by most full-time students.

The EMT-Paramedic Certificate takes most full-time students at least a year and a half to complete.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services requires at least two years of study by most full-time students.

Where can I work with this education?

Graduates may find employment with federal, city, and municipal emergency response services, fire departments, and in emergency rooms, as well as non-emergency services such as transfer units, cardiac monitoring units, and medical research facilities. Emergency medical technicians are also employed in the oil and gas industry, on film sets and cruise ships, and as part of medical flight crews, among many other fields.

Nationally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP Accreditation #600063), 4101 West Green Oaks Blvd. Suite 305-599, Arlington, TX 76016, (817) 330-0089,

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