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Paramedic Training in Houston, TX with Program and School Info

Several schools within 50 miles of Houston, TX, have paramedic training or programs. Read an overview of the paramedic programs, requirements and admission info at three schools 35 miles or closer to downtown, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Houston, TX, Schools Offering Paramedic Training

This article examines three schools within 45 minutes of downtown Houston and the paramedic training programs they offer. It also includes a table of facts about each school that aspiring paramedics should consider, such as school size, type and the graduation rate. The programs at all three schools prepare students for paramedic certification through the Texas Department of State Health Services. At the end of the article are the names and a little information on several more Houston-area schools that offer paramedic training.

  • San Jacinto Community College offers paramedic training through an associate's degree program in emergency medical technology. This school is about 23 miles from downtown Houston
  • Alvin Community College , approximately 33 miles from downtown, offers paramedic certificate training through its emergency medical technology department.
  • College of the Mainland offers an EMT-Paramedic Certificate program. This college is 35 miles from the Houston city center.

San Jacinto College

San Jacinto College (SJC) offers certificate and degree programs in various areas of study, as well as continuing professional development courses. EMT programs are offered at the school's Central and North campuses. In addition to tuition, students must pay a one-time service fee each semester.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology

A student pursuing the paramedic degree must first complete an initial semester that includes EMT-Basic training. Once this is completed, the program consists of four semesters that include classroom lectures, clinical education and a field internship with an ambulance service. Completion of all core EMT coursework leads to a certificate; students earn an associate's degree by taking additional general education classes.

Applicants must be 18 years old and high school graduates or equivalent. In addition, students must submit to criminal background checks and show proof of current immunizations.

Alvin Community College

Alvin Community College (ACC) offers certificate and degree programs, career training, online programs and continuing education courses. Aspen Institute ranked ACC among the top 10% of community colleges in America as of 2012.

Emergency Medical Technology Certificate

The 2-year paramedic program at ACC includes lectures, practical applications and clinical training in an ambulance or hospital. Applicants, who must be at least 18 years old and high school graduates or the equivalent, are required to show proof of current CPR and EMT-Basic certifications, current immunizations, liability insurance, completed physical examinations and criminal background check clearance.

College of the Mainland

College of the Mainland consists of a main campus located on 128 acres, four educational centers and six partnering high schools. The college offers certificate and degree programs across several areas of study, ranging from accounting and business administration to emergency medical technology and network systems technology.

EMT-Paramedic Certificate

College of the Mainland's paramedic program can be completed in one semester. Students must be certified EMT-Intermediates within the first six weeks of the program. To enroll, applicants need to pass reading and math tests and show proof of completed physical examinations and criminal background checks. CPR certification is also required. The curriculum includes lectures, skills training and on-site clinical education. Many of the required courses have online components.

Comparison of Schools

The following table offers information about each school that prospective paramedic students can use to help them decide which is their best option.

San Jacinto Community College Alvin Community College College of the Mainland
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011) 29,392* 5,129* 4,168*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Small suburb
Tuition and Fees (2011-2012) $1,182 in-district; $1,782 in-state; $2,982 out-of-state* $1,432 in-district; $2,440 in-state; $3,544 out-of-state* $1,185 in-district; $2,025 in-state; $2,985 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2011) 54%* 44%* 50%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) Open admissions* Open admissions* Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 66% of full-time, 51% of part-time students*60% of full-time, 46% of part-time students* 50% of full-time, 43% of part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2011) 11% (27% transfer-out rate)* 12% (27% transfer-out rate)* 7% (17% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Other School Options

The Lone Star College System also offers a paramedic program, and it's located about 35 miles outside of Houston. Roughly 40 miles away in Galveston, TX, Galveston College offers an EMS-Paramedic certificate program.

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