Paramedic Programs in the Dallas Area
While there is just one paramedic program in the Dallas city limits, several other schools that are nearby offer paramedic training. This article profiles three schools that are 35 minutes or less from the city center and looks at their training programs. An easy-to-use table allows individuals to consider vital aspects of each school, such as enrollment, costs and graduation rate, and use that information to make a decision on their education. At the end of the article is a little information about one more area school that offers paramedic training.
- Located at the heart of downtown Dallas, El Centro College offers a paramedic certificate program.
- About 13 miles from downtown Dallas, in Farmer's Branch, is Brookhaven College, which has a paramedicine associate's degree program in addition to an EMT certificate program.
- Another option is Collin County Community College District, nearly 30 miles from downtown Dallas, which offers emergency services training at the certificate and associate's degree levels.
Comparison of Schools
Prospective students need to consider many factors when choosing a school. This table makes it easy to assess these three institutions in various important areas.
|El Centro College||Brookhaven College||Collin County Community College District|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||10,797||13,286||31,609|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Midsize city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|| $1,770 in-district
| $1,770 in-district
| $1,384 in-district
|Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||72%||49%||36%|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open enrollment||N/A - Open enrollment||N/A - Open enrollment|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||54% full-time, 43% part-time||58% full-time, 38% part-time||66% full-time, 53% part-time|
|Graduation Rate for Students Who Began in 2014*||10% (11% transfer-out rate)||16% (19% transfer-out rate)||16% (34% transfer-out rate)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator
El Centro College
El Centro's paramedic certificate program is offered in cooperation with University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. To be eligible for this program, students must have emergency medical technician (EMT) certification and have completed anatomy and physiology prerequisites. Tuition exemption is available to fire department employees and certain volunteer firefighters and peace officers.
This is a 6 1/2 month program of intensive study that requires students to attend classes Monday through Friday during the day. The clinical and field experience portions of the programs can be scheduled for any time of day or night, and students must be available 24/7. Instruction covers intubation, ECGs, drug administration and intravenous initiation. In addition to classroom instruction, students gain hands-on experience through emergency ambulance work and hospital rotations that focus on emergency room experience.
Certificate and associate degree students must have Texas EMT and professional rescuer CPR certifications before they can perform the clinical and field experience portions of the program. Associate degree students must meet Texas Success Initiative standards.
Emergency Medical Technician Basic Level I Certificate
Students must complete a series of prerequisite courses before entering the program. EMTs certified in Texas can earn credits by exam for two of the courses. This 18-credit, 1-semester program covers special topics in emergency care, emergency care attendant skills, and EMT skills. Students are encouraged to include Spanish or American Sign Language in their studies.
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine
The 4-semester, 60-credit associate degree program offers a slightly expanded curriculum that includes basic EMT studies, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and psychology as well as general education classes. Graduates are qualified to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians - Paramedic (NREMT-P) exam, which allows them to become licensed as paramedics by the Texas Department of Health Services.
Collin County Community College District
Paramedic training admission requirements include a high school diploma or GED, EMT Basic and CPR certification, a drug screening, a criminal background check, immunizations and a personal interview. Prospective students must also pass a health occupations aptitude exam and have health insurance.
Certificate - EMS Paramedic
There are three prerequisite courses for this program that include an intro to emergency medical services and an EMT basic course. The 42-credit hour certificate program lasts for six semesters, including two summer sessions. Students learn about airway management, cardiology and trauma management and participate in clinical and field experiences.
Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Medical Services Professions
The 5-semester associate degree program includes a summer session. The 60-credit-hour curriculum, designed for students seeking professional advancement in the field, integrates general education courses with emergency medical services coursework. The prerequisite courses are the same as those for the certificate program with the addition of a composition class. Some of the prerequisite courses won't be required of students who already have EMT-Basic certification. This program has many of the same core courses as the certificate program.
Other School Options
Tarrant County College District, located about 25 miles west in Ft. Worth, also offers both EMT and paramedic training programs.