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EMT Training in Houston with Certification Information

There are about 4 schools in and around Houston, Texas, that have emergency medical technician (EMT) training. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at 3 colleges located within 35 miles of the city's center.

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Houston EMT Schools

Students seeking Houston EMT training will only find 1 program inside the city limits, but there are several schools in the surrounding areas that have training options. This article covers the courses and fieldwork that EMT students are required to complete at 3 colleges. For additional insight into the educational options, a school stats table is included in addition to some details on a couple of other colleges in the area.

  • Situated less than 2 miles from downtown, Houston Community College has a certificate program that prepares students for EMT certification up to the intermediate level.
  • At San Jacinto Community College in Pasadena, students can earn a Certificate of Technology in the field while they train. The campus is located around 23 miles from central Houston.
  • The intermediate EMT program at Alvin Community College allows students to qualify for basic certification while they work toward completing the higher-level program. The school is roughly 35 miles from Houston's downtown area.

Houston Community College

To enroll in this program, students must have current healthcare provider CPR certification, hold a high school diploma or GED, provide immunization records and meet reading standards. A personal interview is also required, and after being accepted, students must provide a physical and health status report and proof of healthcare insurance and pass criminal background checks and drug screenings.

Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate Certificate

This is a 2-semester program that includes 2 courses during the first semester, the successful completion of which will qualify a student to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Basic exam. The second of these courses includes a clinical portion with a field internship and rotations throughout local hospitals. In the second semester, courses cover advanced EMT topics in areas including patient assessment, airway management and trauma management.

San Jacinto Community College

To participate in the program, students must pass a criminal background check and submit a medical history with the results of a physical and drug screening. The program was designed to meet Texas EMT certification requirements, which include reaching age 18, having a high school diploma or GED and passing the NREMT exam.

Emergency Medical Occupational Certificate of Technology

This program is taught through lab work, lectures and experiential learning in a hospital setting, where students interact with real emergency room patients. Students should be able to earn the certificate in 3 terms. In the first term, students are presented with foundation studies for Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) certification. The second term covers operational studies, and the third term delves into intermediate EMT studies through directed clinical practice.

Alvin Community College

To be considered for admission, students must be 18 years old, have student liability insurance, have acceptable CPR certification and submit the results of a physical and TB test. Students are responsible for providing their own clinical equipment and uniforms.

Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate Certificate

The program is presented through classroom lectures, skills training and clinical experiences. This certificate can be earned in a year, and EMT-B studies can be completed in the first semester. During the second term, students are taught patient assessment, trauma management, airway management and beginning paramedic studies.

Comparison of Schools

Get to know more about the profiled colleges by checking out the table below. It has details on costs, campus settings, student retention and other factors that could play a role in your education decision.

Houston Community College San Jacinto Community College Alvin Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011-2012) 63,015* 29,392* 5,129*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Small city
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $1,627 in-district, $3,355 in-state, $3,751 out-of-state* $1,312 in-district, $2,296 in-state, $3,496 out-of-state* $1,432 in-district, $2,440 in-state, $3,544 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2010-2011) 67%* 54%* 44%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open enrollment N/A - Open enrollment N/A - Open enrollment
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 69% full-time* 66% full-time* 60% full-time*
Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in 2008 14%* 11%* 12%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator.

Other Schools

There are 2 other schools offering EMT training near Houston, Texas. Lone Star College System in The Woodlands offers degree and certificate programs for EMTs and paramedics. This school is about 33 miles from Houston. For students who wish to advance to the next level of EMT training, College of the Mainland in Texas City has a certificate program for aspiring paramedics, and it's just under 36 miles from Houston.

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