Emergency Medical Technology

Emergency Medical Technology

Emergency Medical Technology

Emergency Medical Technology

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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.  

Program Description

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 blue "Program Information Request Form" link below:


Program Information Request Form


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Emergency Medical Technology 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. 



All information sessions will be held in the Allied Health Building N-17.2010

MARCH 20, 2019 - 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. ALLIED HEALTH BLDG. N-17.2010
APRIL 3, 2019 - 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. ALLIED HEALTH BLDG. N-17.2010
APRIL 24, 2019 - 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. ALLIED HEALTH BLDG. N-17.2010
MAY 1, 2019 - 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. ALLIED HEALTH BLDG. N-17.2010



All EMT students registered for courses (new and returning) MUST attend the session below:



MAY 29, 2019 - 12:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.




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.  This package also includes review of all of your immunizations records (please see requirements below) and physical form.  The package costs $86.00.  Please purchase the account prior to the start of class.


Update Immunizations

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




Physical Examination

Applicants must pass a program approved physical. The physical form is available below:


Click Here for EMT Program Physical Form


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.

EMT- Basic Textbook: Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured 11th Edition w/ Navigate 2 Premier Access

EMT-Advanced and Paramedic Textbook: Nancy Caroline's Emergency Care in the Streets 8th Edition w/ Navigate 2 Premier Access


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


Continuing Education activities are accredited by:

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

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  



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

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



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.






Contact Information

Sylvia Gallegos - Program Director, Emergency Medical Technology North Campus
281-998-6150 ext 7741
Kristine Kern - Course/Clinical Coordinator, Emergency Medical Technology North Campus
281-998-6150 ext 7866
Dana Holst - Instructor, Emergency Medical Technology North Campus
281-998-6150 ext 7742
Emily G. Garcia - Sr. Administrative Assistant, Emergency Medical Technology North Campus
281-998-6150 ext 7301

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