Texas Schools Offering Paramedic Training
Basic and advanced emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic programs are available in Texas for students seeking to prepare for or advance in this profession. Training programs at community colleges throughout the state typically result in certificates or associate's degrees. Program graduates are eligible for state and national EMT or paramedic certification testing.
Two of Texas' larger community colleges and their paramedic training programs are the subjects of this article. Read curricula details and about hands-on training opportunities offered in these programs. Learn facts about each school in the table provided.
- Houston Community College, based eight miles east of the downtown area, offers paramedic training through its certificate and associate's degree programs in emergency medical services.
- Three of Lone Star College System's campuses, LCS-CyFair, LSC-Montgomery and LCS-North Harris, provide certificate and 2-year degree programs for paramedics. The campuses are located approximately 28 and 20 miles, respectively, from downtown Houston.
Comparison of Schools
Whether you are a current or aspiring paramedic seeking a certificate or degree, it is beneficial to explore all factors about a school before entering a program. Read below for facts about each school's tuition, population, financial aid availability, campus setting and more.
|Houston Community College||Lone Star College System|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||57,120||72,336|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Small city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$1,632 (in-district)
| $1,600 (in-district)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||62%||55%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A (open admissions but health science programs have a selection process)||N/A (open admissions)|
|Retention Rate (Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017)*||65% full-time students, 49% part-time students||67% full-time students, 53% part-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in Fall 2014)*||18%||12%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Houston Community College
Houston Community College (HCC) is a large 6-campus system in Texas that enrolls around 57,000 students. HCC offers certificate and associate's degree programs in nearly 100 programs of study. The college's paramedic training programs prepare graduates for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and Texas Department of State Health Services paramedic certification exams.
Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Certificate
Introductory coursework prepares students for the NREMT's EMT-Basic certification exam, a prerequisite for paramedic licensure. Topics include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, patient assessment, basic airway management and spinal immobilization. In advanced coursework, students learn endotracheal intubation, intravenous therapy techniques and emergency pharmacology.
Students also learn to administer emergency medical care to infants, seniors and individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Participants obtain hands-on training through supervised clinical practicums in ambulances and emergency departments.
Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
Students in the 2-year degree program take the same paramedic training coursework found in the certificate program. However, degree-seeking students must also complete some general education courses as well as a capstone project. For clinical rounds, students work in a number of medical settings, including an emergency department and a child birthing area. Students may also take part in several off-campus activities, such as a blood pressure screening project at a local community center.
Lone Star College System
The Lone Star College System consists of six campuses and eight learning centers that serve residents throughout the Houston area. The college also offers an EMT-Basic certificate program. Aspiring paramedics must complete the coursework necessary to work as EMTs at the basic level before enrolling in either of the paramedic programs. Graduates of these programs qualify for national and state certification testing.
Emergency Medical Services Professions Paramedic Certificate
Students learn life-saving techniques through the 39-credits in emergency pharmacology, airway assessment and management, trauma management and cardiology. They also learn how the emergency medical system operates and how to handle various types of urgent medical situations. In addition to lectures, lab work and clinical practicums, participants complete an assessment-based management capstone course. This course teaches students how to care for special-needs, geriatric, pediatric and adult patients.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Professions
The associate's degree program is comprised of the same core courses that make up the certificate program. Students are also required to take around ten hours of general education coursework in psychology, composition and the humanities to earn the degree. This program consists of 60 total credit hours and usually takes two years to complete.