Emergency Medical Services

Program Information

Have you always wanted a career helping others? Are you passionate about making a difference? An Emergency Medical Services (EMS) certificate from San Jacinto College can prepare you for certification in a health care field that can lead to a career in EMS or other related fields. Each year in the US, about 240 million calls are made to 911 for emergency medical assistance, which means just about every minute someone urgently needs help, your help. If you qualify, next time you could be the one receiving a call for emergency help. Are you ready?

The San Jacinto College EMS program:

  • Combines classroom lectures and lab skills with real time clinical patient treatment experience in hospitals and on ambulances. EMS training at San Jacinto College utilizes modern classroom facilities and state-of-the-art skills laboratory equipment to prepare students to be competent and qualified emergency medical personnel;
  • Provides live hospital clinical and 911 ambulance (EMS) patient-care experiences to give students practical experience in the workplace during training. Students apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in real-life patient treatment situations, supervised by experienced clinical faculty and preceptors; and
  • Is taught by faculty carefully selected based on their knowledge, teaching abilities, previous education, and EMS field experience. San Jacinto College EMS faculty are committed to student success by providing quality education and training. Many are well known and highly respected throughout the EMS community.


The San Jacinto College EMS program is accredited by:

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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33756


Continuing Education activities are accredited by:

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

The San Jacinto College EMS program is overseen by and granted approval from:

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

The Exchange Building
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 Building
6610 Busch Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43229

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program have numerous opportunities for employment and growth in their education. Although career placement as a certified EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic does not require the completion of an associate degree, students who do complete the degree have greater career opportunities and are eligible to become licensed paramedics by TDSHS.

Most graduates continue their careers in the EMS field and are employed by:

  • Public agencies such as municipal or county 911 EMS, fire departments, and police departments (SWAT Tactical Medics),
  • Private EMS services,
  • Hospitals,
  • Helicopter or fixed-wing air ambulance services,
  • Staff medics with offshore oil and gas exploration companies, and
  • Contractors working in developing and recovering countries.1

Graduate opportunities may also extend beyond traditional EMS roles to include:

  • Nursing,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Firefighting,
  • Occupational Health and Safety,
  • Health Care Administration,
  • Education, and
  • Physician Assistant or Medical Doctor.

Earning Potential

Emergency Medical Technician & Paramedics median salary $35,889 per year1

For more information, students may contact 281-998-6150, x7301.


North Campus

Paramedic Program Outcomes

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2018.

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 62.5%.

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 75%.

(Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.)

The most recent retention rate was 100%


More Information

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

For information on course offerings and enrollment requirements please visit San Jacinto College Emergency Medical Services Course Catalog Admissions page or click the following link to request more information: EMS Program Information Request Form



All new and returning students must attend one session listed below. Sessions will be held virtually through Zoom. Please email Sylvia.Gallegos@sjcd.edu to register for correct courses and receive the Zoom link for orientation. 

FRIDAY APRIL 30, 20201 - 9 AM TO 10 AM

WEDNESDAY MAY, 12, 2021 - 5 PM TO 6 PM
FRIDAY MAY 14, 2021 - 9 AM TO 10 AM
SATURDAY MAY 22, 2021 - 9 AM TO 10 AM


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 the semester.  All requirements must be complete prior to class start date.


Update Immunizations

All immunizations must be current and must not expire during the program. 


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 EMS Program Physical Form


ALL EMS 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