Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician

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Make an Impact With Your Profession

 

Each year in the U.S. about 240 million calls are made to 911, which means just about every minute someone urgently needs help. Put yourself in a position to provide help with an EMT degree from San Jacinto College. In addition to classroom instruction, our program puts you on the front lines of emergency care, where you will be taught by seasoned professionals in real-world critical situations.

The EMT program prepares graduates to work in a variety of emergency medical service areas which include fire departments, government agencies, hospital ambulance services, law enforcement offices and more. You may find yourself helping patients high above the city in an air ambulance, on an offshore rig, or overseas in a developing or disaster-stricken country.  The median income for an EMT in Texas is approximately $39,000 per year with progressive increases at the Advanced EMT and Paramedic level with entry level paramedics in the Houston area earning over $55,000 per year.

Some students choose to continue their education through transition programs into Nursing and Physician‘s Assistant studies or natural science degrees fulfilling medical school entry requirements. Students can also diversify into public safety, public administration, emergency management and homeland security degree pathways for bachelors and masters degrees.  

 

Find Endless Career Opportunities

Our program prepares graduates to work in a variety of emergency medical service areas which include fire departments, government agencies, hospital ambulance services, law enforcement offices and more. You may find yourself helping patients high above the city in an air ambulance, on an offshore rig, or overseas in a developing or disaster-stricken country. You can even use this degree as a foundation for nursing or medical school. Enroll today! Prospective students must contact the EMT Department on the preferred campus for admission. See to the right for campus specific information.

Program Description

The goal of the EMT Program at SJCN is to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with exit points at the Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic levels.

The Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) Program at San Jacinto College is a two year program culminating in either a Level II certificate or an AAS in Emergency Medical Technology and eligibility to sit for the National Registry Certification Examination. The program has three exit points at EMT-Basic (Semester I), Advanced EMT (Semester II) and Paramedic (Semester V). The EMT curriculum includes a combination of class lectures, skills training, and clinical experience in a variety of health care settings throughout the Greater Houston area.  

The program includes a total of 784 classroom/lab hours and 672 clinical/field hours totaling 40 semester credit hours, a further 20 semester credit hours in academic courses including anatomy and physiology, general psychology and other round out the degree pathway of 60 semester credit hours.

Certification Level

Classroom/Lab

Clinical/Field

EMT – Basic (1 semester)

176

96

Advanced EMT (1 semester)

192

192

Paramedic (3 semesters)

480

384

 

Upon successful completion of courses up to an approved exit point, you can apply to the NREMT to take the National Registry certification examination for that level. Successful completion of this exam qualifies you to seek licensure with the TDSHS to practice at that level.

 

If you are interested in our program or just looking for information and need someone to contact please fill out the following form.

Program Information Request Form

 

Accreditation

The San Jacinto College Emergency Medical Technician Program is accredited by:

COAEMSPThe Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

 

CAAHEPCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350

www.caahep.org

Continuing Education activities are accredited by:

CAPCECommission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE)
12300 Ford Road, Suite 350
Dallas, TX 75234
972-247-4442

The San Jacinto College Emergency Medical Technician Program is overseen by and granted approval from:

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Office of EMS/Trauma Systems Coordination

The Exchange BuildingTexas Department of State Health Services Logo
8407 Wall Street, Suite N-410
Austin, TX 78754  
512-834-6700

 

Certification testing for EMS certification is done through the National registry of EMTs:

Rocco V. Morando BuildingNational Registry of EMTs
6610 Busch Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43229
614-888-4484

Why is this information important?  Click here for a short video explaining the importance of accreditation. 

 

Program Pathway

 

Year 1

 

Year 2

 

Semester 1 (Semester I)

EMT

Semester 1 (Semester III)

P-I

EMSP 1501 EMSP 1160
BIOL 2301 BIOL 2101
MATH 1314 or MATH 1332 (AAS Only)

EMSP 2206 EMSP 2444 EMSP 2137
PSYC 2301 (AAS Only)
ENGL 1301 (AAS Only)

Semester 2 (Semester II)

AEMT

Semester 2 (Semester IV)

P-II

EMSP 1338 EMSP 1355

EMSP 1356 EMSP 1260
BIOL 2302 BIOL 2102

EMSP 2434 EMSP 2330 EMSP 2262
ENGL 2311 or ENGL 1302 (AAS Only)

 

Semester 3 (Semester V)

P-III

 

EMSP 2243 EMSP 2268 EMSP 2352

 

Emergency Medical Technician Program Requirements

EMS practitioners are held to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.  This expectation extends to education programs, their faculty, students, clinical affiliates and EMS services.  Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate good professional characteristics to be eligible for entry and licensure with TDSHS.

Texas Administration Code Background Statement

**Note: Pursuant to Rule 157.12 for the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), a person who has any arrests, criminal charges or indictments, criminal investigations, motions to revoke probation, etc. of any crime may be disqualified from obtaining licensure as an EMS Professional. 

If you have any questions regarding past incidents, contact the TDSHS at their website https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/default.shtm or you can call them at (512) 834-6700.  A criminal background check and/or drug screen must been conducted by a designated investigative agency at the expense of the student. This background check must be completed before registering for classes and only those applicants with a clear background will be eligible to register unless a qualified exception is made by the Program Director. 

 

Skill Level Minimums

All applicants must speak to an Advisor regarding any admission/placement testing that may be needed.  If you have already completed your college placement test you may have an Advisor review your test scores in order to verify skill levels.  Once verified your Advisor will issue you a skill level verification form to be submitted with your application packet.

 

Certification Level

Reading

Writing

Math

EMT - Basic

2

2

N/A

EMT - Advanced

7

7

6

Paramedic

7

7

7

 

Application Period

 

Applications will be accepted till the start of class as long as the class has availability.  No applications can be accepted after the class begins. 

 

Immunizations

All immunizations must be current and completed before the clinical scheduling deadline and must not expire during the program.  (Applicants are required to submit copies of immunization on the first day of class.)

·         Tetanus (td/tdap) [within the past 10 years]

·         TB (PPD) skin test, Chest X-ray, or Quantiferon test [annually]

·         Seasonal flu shot or proof of allergy to the flu shot

·         2 MMR shots or titer that shows immunity

·         2 Varicella shots or titer that shows immunity or proof of chicken pox

·         HEP B series of 3 shots or titer that shows immunity

·         HEP C Antibody

Important Notice Regarding Hepatitis B Requirement
All students who are applying into the EMT program must document that they have received the first immunization of the series of three (3) Hepatitis B Immunizations, or have the serum titer drawn to confirm complete immunity to Hepatitis B.  If the third shot is more than three years old you must provide a titer.  The series takes approximately six (6) months to complete.  Applicants are encouraged to begin the series well ahead of the desired semester of admission.         

 

CPR Certification

Students must have a current AHA BLS Provider card or have completed part I of the course online (www.onlineaha.org) by the first day of class. Advanced EMT and Paramedic students must have a current NREMT certification.

 

Background Information

Students must submit to a background investigation by an independent third party.  This process is done through Castle Branch at www.castlebranch.com and must be initiated by the first day of class. Package Code: SQ29RE

Texas Administration Code Background Statement

 

Physical Examination

Applicants must complete a program approval physical.  The physical form can be downloaded from the links below. The physical must be completed prior to the first day of class.

North Campus EMT Physical Form

 

Pass Drug Screen

Students must submit to a drug test by an independent third party.  This process is done through Castle Branch at www.castlebranch.com and must be initiated by the first day of class. 

 

Advanced Students only:  Submit completion of American Heart Association BLS (Health Care Provider) and NREMT certification.

 

Uniforms

Uniforms can be purchased on the first day of class.  Students must bring payment for uniforms on the first day. Uniforms options and costs can be found at www.threadbearer.com.

Textbook

Check your syllabus for the most updated textbook requirements.  Please be advised that textbooks come in various editions and digital packages with varying levels of access.  It is your responsibility to make sure you have correct textbook required for the course.   You must have access to course materials and resources no later than the first day of class.

 

 

Program Costs

Certification Level

Approximate In District Cost

Approximate Out of District Costs

EMT - Basic

$778.25 (one semester)

$1,030.25 (one semester)

EMT - Advanced

$1,149.00 (one semester)

$1,611.00 (one semester)

Paramedic

$1,968.50 (three semesters)

$2,892.50 (three semesters)

Paramedic - COT

$3,895.75 (total program cost)

$5,533.75 (total program cost)

Paramedic - AAS

$5,533.75 (total program cost)

$7501.75 (total program cost)

 

Financing for the program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans.  Please visit http://www.sanjac.edu/financial-aid for more information on how to pay for your education.

 

PARAMEDIC PROGRAM STUDENT OUTCOMES

THREE YEAR AVERAGE  2013 – 2015

Graduate (Retention) Rate 56.8%

All Attempts (6) Pass Rate on the written (cognitive)
Certification Exam (National Registry of EMT) 70.3%

All Attempts (6) Pass Rate on the practical (psychomotor)
Certification Exam (National Registry of EMT) 100.00%

Positive Placement Rate 92.7% 

The positive placement rate, as defined by CAAHEP based on graduates of the paramedic program who are reporting working in either a full-time or part-time position as a paramedic within twelve months of graduation, continuing their education, or serving in the military.

2016 Graduates First Time Pass Rate on the written (cognitive) Certification Exam (National Registry of EMT)      89%

2016 Graduates Pass Rate on the practical (psychomotor) Certification Exam (National Registry of EMT)              100%

Contact Information

Contact Info: 
Name: 
Ali Shah - Program Director
Phone: 
281-998- 6150 ext 7822
Name: 
Kristine Kern - Clinical Coordinator
Phone: 
281-998- 6150 ext 7866

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