EMT Training in San Antonio with School Overviews

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) courses in San Antonio, which currently has a couple of schools offering programs. Read an overview of programs, admission information and requirements for two San Antonio schools, neither more than ten miles from downtown, and decide which is right for you.

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San Antonio Schools Offering EMT Training

Two schools within a 20-minite drive of downtown San Antonio offer EMT training through certificate and degree programs. This article looks at those schools and the training programs they can provide. Information such as tuition, enrollment, graduation rates and school type is listed in a table that prospective students can refer to as they ponder their school choices.

  • San Antonio College is only two miles from the heart of downtown San Antonio. It offers certificates for aspiring EMTs and paramedics along with an associate's degree program.
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has a bachelor's degree program in emergency health sciences as well as programs for EMTs and paramedics. This school is nearly ten miles from San Antonio's downtown area.

Comparison of Schools

Students need a variety of information as they make a decision on what school to attend. This table puts the facts together in a way that makes comparison simple.

San Antonio College University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 19,385 3,277
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $2,760 for in-district; $7,170 for in-state; $13,770 for out-of-state $7,068 for in-state; $18,780 for out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 67% 58%
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions Not Reported
Retention Rate (2017)* 60% for full-time; 43% for part-time N/A
Graduation Rate (Students who began in 2014)* 18% N/A

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

San Antonio College

Junior and senior students in high school can pursue a dual credit option, which allows them to earn college credit and high school credit simultaneously.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Occupational Skills Award

It is recommended that students pursue this certificate program over two semesters. In the first semester, students are expected to take a class on medical terminology, while in the second semester, students complete their EMT courses. In total, this program only takes ten credit hours to complete.

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Level II Certificate

By the end of the certificate program, students are expected to have taken at least 39 credit hours. This requirement is normally met over four semesters. The first semester is similar to the EMT Basic certificate program offered at this school. After that, students start studying issues like emergency medical services (EMS) operations, trauma management, cardiology and medical emergencies.

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science

This program is similar to the paramedic certificate program. Many of the major courses are similar, and both take four semesters to complete. However, the difference is that students must also complete general education courses in the degree program.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Students who complete any of the programs presented below qualify to take the corresponding certification examination.

EMT - Basic Certificate

This basic program requires only six credit hours to complete. In addition to the EMT basic course, there is a clinical class associated with it. The EMT program looks at the basics of life support and medical care in ambulances. The 1-credit clinical puts you on site, learning through doing.

Paramedic Certificate

The paramedic program at this school normally takes two semesters to complete. The entire length of the program is 41 credit hours. Students can expect to take the following courses as part of this program's curriculum: airway management and patient assessment, cardiology, emergency pharmacology, trauma management, EMS operations, medical emergencies, assessment-based management and special populations.

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Sciences

Students who have completed the paramedic program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio can pursue this bachelor's degree in an online format. The program itself takes about 124 semester credit hours to finish. Many students can work with the program director to personalize the curriculum. However, students are expected to take some of the following class topics: human diseases, EMS professional orientation, legal foundations, current research in emergency health sciences, pathophysiology for EMS, physical examination, medical history and electrocardiology.

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