EMT Certification in Texas: Overview of Certificate Programs

Research EMT certification programs in Texas, which currently has 48 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the programs and get some quick facts for two Texas schools to decide which program is right for you.

Texas EMT Certification Programs

A wide range of options are available to Texas residents seeking training to sit for the national certification exams to become EMTs and paramedics. Explore the programs options, curricula and clinical requirements at two Texas schools. Find out more school details in the table at the conclusion of this article.

  • College of the Mainland is located in Texas City, near Galveston. This school offers EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic certificate programs, in addition to continuing education courses.
  • Houston Community College, in Houston, offers intermediate and paramedic certificate programs, along with an associate's degree in emergency medical services.

Comparison of Schools

After exploring the information about available programs, students may wish to check out the school facts in the following table, including tuition charges, school enrollment numbers and graduation rates, to help in the decision-making process.

College of the Mainland Houston Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 4,328 57,120
Campus Setting Midsize suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $1,773 in-district; $2,973 in-state; $3,873 out-of-state $1,632 in-district; $3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 55% 62%
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 65% for full-time students; 55% for part-time students 65% for full-time students; 49% for part-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)* 21% (19% transfer-out rate) 18% (22% transfer-out rate)

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

College of the Mainland

Nationally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP), the College of the Mainland offers a variety of EMT training options in its workforce development programs.

EMT-Basic Certificate

This program consists of two classes and a 170 hours of lectures and hands-on practice. Those who successfully finish the course are eligible to sit for the EMT-Basic certification test.

EMT-Intermediate Certificate

Students must have current CPR and EMT-Basic certification prior to enrolling. The course includes three classes and 146 clinical hours. Successful students can sit for the EMT-Intermediate certification test upon completion.

EMT-Paramedic Certificate

EMT-Intermediate certification is a prerequisite. Two semesters long, the course consists of eight classes and clinical hours. Those who complete the program in good academic standing may sit for the EMT-Paramedic certification test.

Houston Community College

Awarding associate's degrees and certificates in more than 100 majors and fields, HCC has several campuses throughout the Houston area and has been providing EMS training since 1982. HCC offers two EMT certification programs and a 2-year EMS A.A.S. degree.

Advanced EMT Certificate

This course is two semesters long and includes seven classes, with coursework including trauma management and patient assessment. The student may sit for the EMT-Intermediate licensure exam after finishing the program in good academic standing.

EMS Paramedic Certificate

This program is two years in length and consists of 15 classes. Those who finish the program successfully must pass the EMT-Paramedic licensure test before obtaining a position.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

The 60-credit A.A.S. program involves coursework in special populations and advanced practice. Clinical training sites include hospitals, fire departments and EMS departments. Program graduates are awarded both the A.A.S. and a certificate of completion, which qualifies them for the exam for paramedic licensure with the Texas Department of Health.


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