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.
Comparison of Schools
The following table offers information about each school that prospective paramedic students can use to help them decide which their best option is.
|San Jacinto Community College||Alvin Community College||College of the Mainland|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||27,911*||4,837*||3,858*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Midsize suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)||$1,408 in-district; $2,416 in-state; $3,688 out-of-state*||$1,514 in-district; $2,594 in-state; $3,794 out-of-state*||$1,773 in-district; $2,973 in-state; $3,873 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||57%*||43%*||61%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2015-2016)||Open admissions*||Open admissions*||Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)||66% of full-time, 52% of part-time students*||59% of full-time, 43% of part-time students*||62% of full-time, 34% of part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in Fall 2011)||15% (22% transfer-out rate)*||16% (32% transfer-out rate)*||18% (14% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
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 one of the top community colleges in America as of 2015.
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.
College of the Mainland's paramedic program can be completed in two semesters. 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.
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.