Emergency Medical Technician
Choose from one of the paths below:
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.
The goal of the EMT Program at San Jacinto College North Campus 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). 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. 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.
If you are interested in our program or just looking for information and need someone to contact please fill out our Program Information Request Form using the following link:
Follow us on Facebook:
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.
**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.
All EMS students are required to attend a mandatory EMS Student Orientation every semester. The summer 2018 summer sessions are as follows:
Friday June 1, 2018 from 0900-1300
Saturday June 2, 2018 from 0900-1300
You must attend one of the sessions above. Both sessions will be held on the San Jacinto College North Campus building N17-1079.
The State of Texas and our EMS program require you provide a current (within 1 year) criminal background check and drug screen. Our program utilizes a third party vendor to obtain these records. You can order your background and drug screen at www.castlebranch.com using the package code SQ29. The package costs $86.00. Please purchase the account prior to the start of class.
All immunizations must be current and must not expire during the program.
Tetanus (td/tdap) [within the past 10 years]
TB (PPD) skin test, Chest X-ray, or Quantiferon test [within the past year]
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
HEP B series of 3 shots or titer that shows immunity
HEP C Antibody
Order Background Check and Drug Screen
Students must submit results from a background investigation. This process can be done through Castle Branch at www.castlebranch.com. Package Code: SQ29
**ALL EMT PROGRAM STUDENTS MUST PURCHASE AND COMPLETE CASTLEBRANCH REQUIREMENTS BEFORE THE START OF CLASS.**
Applicants must pass a program approved physical. The physical form is available below:
Depending on which EMT courses you are signed up for your textbooks may vary. ALL EMT STUDENTS will be required to purchase the "Nav2 Premier Package" access code along with either the e-book or printed textbook package. The college bookstore has books available for you to purchase or you may purchase them at a vendor of your choice.
The San Jacinto College Emergency Medical Technician Program is accredited by:
The 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).
Continuing Education activities are accredited by:
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
Certification testing for EMS certification is done through the National registry of EMTs:
Why is this information important? Click here for a short video explaining the importance of accreditation.
PARAMEDIC PROGRAM STUDENT OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the paramedic program, the student is eligible to sit for the NREMT Certification Examination.
The three-year outcome report is as follows:
Pass Rate Retention Rate Positive Placement
2015 61% 86% 83%
2016 88% 68% 53%
2017 43% 67% 100%
3-year ave. 64% 73.66% 78.66%
*Pass rate is based on First-time attempt.
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.