Austin, Texas, EMT School Options
Austin Community College is the sole school providing emergency medical technician (EMT) training in the Austin, Texas, area. Located close to downtown, the community college offers several levels of EMT training and hands-on experience in the field. The EMT-Basic certification program can be completed in only one semester and enables students to enroll in the other EMT training programs at the college. Students can complete the EMT-Advanced and EMT-Paramedic certification programs or the associate degree in emergency medical services in two years or less.
This article looks at Austin Community College and the EMT training programs it offers. There is also a table of information about the school that prospective students should be aware of, such as enrollment, costs, the percentage of applicants who are accepted and the percentage of students who graduate on time.
The following table contains information that individuals should consider when they are deciding on a school.
|Austin Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||40,803 (all undergraduate)|
|Campus Setting||Large city|
|Tuition and fees (2017-2018)*||$2,550 (in-district); $10,890 (in-state); $13,080 (out-of-state)|
|% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (Full-time beginning undergraduate students for 2016-2017)*||60%|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||58%|
|Graduation Rate (Students who began in 2014)*||11%|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.
Austin Community College
The Austin Community College offers degree and certificate programs in more than 100 areas of study through its 12 campus locations. The college has four programs in the field of emergency medical services.
EMT Institutional Certificate
Students must earn this EMT certificate, which typically takes one semester to complete, before enrolling in the EMT-Advanced or EMT-Paramedic programs at the community college. The EMT certificate is also needed for individuals who want to work in Texas as a firefighter. The certificate program prepares students for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam for EMT-Basic certification. Students can get certified in EMT-Basic by the Office of EMS/Trauma Systems and the Texas Department of State Health Services after meeting the requirements of the National Registry. Before enrolling in the EMT-Basic or other emergency medical training programs, students must have a background check, health insurance plan, and drug screening.
EMT-Advanced Level I Certificate
In the EMT Level I certificate program, students learn about assessing patients and treating different types of health issues. Students are allowed to take the National Registry exam after finishing coursework for the program. It typically takes students at least two semesters to complete this certification program.
EMT-Paramedic Level II Certificate
This program enables students to earn their licensure as paramedics. During the program, students will complete an internship with an EMS field training officer in an EMS unit. This certificate program prepares students to take the National Registry exam to become certified as a paramedic. It usually takes students at least five semesters to finish this program.
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services
Students who complete this associate degree program can become licensed as paramedics. During this program, students get classroom instruction, as well as clinical and field experience. Coursework focuses on assessing and treating patients with a wide range of health issues, such as bleeding and shock, burns, cardiovascular and respiratory problems, and obstetrical emergencies. Other topics covered include pharmacology and infectious and environmental diseases. Students also have the opportunity to complete an internship with an EMS field training officer in an EMS unit. After finishing the program, students can become certified as a paramedic by taking the National Registry exam. The program takes at least two years for students to complete. This degree program requires more credit hours (60 credits vs 44 credits) than the EMT-Paramedic certification program and includes general education classes.