Which Texas Schools Offer Paramedic Training?

Find out which Texas schools offer paramedic training programs. See requirements, prerequisites and school information, and learn about the job prospects for a paramedic career in Texas. Schools offering Biomedical Engineering Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

You can complete certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree training to work as a paramedic through 2- and 4-year public schools in Texas. Certificate programs take less than two years while associate's and bachelor's degrees take 2 and 4 years, respectively. Common prerequisites include EMT-Basic certification, CPR certification, a background check and immunizations, plus satisfactory math, reading and writing proficiency. Programs require classroom and clinical training; degree programs may require an internship and a capstone course. You may be able to study full-time, part-time, or online. These paramedic training programs prepare graduates to sit for the professional licensing exam. Read on to see if one of them is a good fit for you.


Paramedic Certificate Programs in Texas

Austin Community College District (ACC)

  • Program Name: EMT-Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: Five semesters
  • Tuition: $78 per credit hour for in-district residents; $240 per credit hour for out-of-district residents; $324 per credit hour for out-of-state residents (tuition and fees for Fall 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Texas EMT-Basic certification or eligible for the National Registry exam
  • Requirements: American Heart Association CPR certification; must be 18 years old by start of program; submit proof of mathematics, reading and writing assessment scores; pass criminal background check; submit immunization records
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 44,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: (Eastview Campus) 3401 Webberville Rd., Austin, Texas 78702 or (Cypress Creek Campus) 1555 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park, Texas 78613
  • Phone: (Eastview Campus) (512) 223-5700 or (Cypress Creek Campus) (512) 223-2000

ACC has eight campuses throughout the Central Texas region, and it offers the EMT-Paramedic program at the Cypress Creek and Eastview campuses. Your training includes classroom lectures, clinical training and field experiences. To prepare for graduation, you must complete a paramedic level II capstone course, which includes a comprehensive final exam. In addition, you must participate in a mandatory supervised internship at an EMS facility to be eligible for the National Registry's paramedic certification exam.

Tarrant County College District (TCCD)

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: Five semesters (16 months)
  • Tuition: $52 per credit hour for county residents; $76 per credit hour for non-county residents; $171 per credit hour for out-of-state and international applicants (spring 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Current Texas EMT-Basic certification; high school diploma; satisfactory math, reading and writing skills scores
  • Requirements: Current American Heart Association CPR certification prior to clinical rotations; have health insurance; submit proof of vaccinations; pass criminal background check and drug screening
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 49,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst, Texas 76054
  • Phone: (817) 515-6245

This college has five campus locations in Texas and offers a paramedic certificate program at its Northeast Campus in Hurst, TX. You can register for evening classes beginning in the fall semester and daytime classes starting in the spring semester. Your training includes classroom study, a field internship and three semesters of clinical work, which prepares you for Texas Department of State Health Services certification.

TCCD also offers a critical care paramedic course that requires about eight hours of clinical rotations per week. This course provides training on how to treat intensive care patients. You must be a practicing certified or licensed paramedic and have two or more years of experience or be enrolled in a paramedic associate's degree program to take this course.

University of Texas (UT) Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

  • Program Name: EMT-Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: Two semesters
  • Tuition: $50 per credit hour for residents; $363 per credit hour for non-residents (summer 2012; tuition only)
  • Prerequisites: Current EMT-Basic certificate for the state of Texas; high school diploma or GED
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students
  • Address: 7703 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78229
  • Phone: (210) 567-8760

Located in the seventh largest city in the U.S., is the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. You can train to be an EMT-Paramedic at the center's Greehey Academic and Research Campus. By successfully completing this program, you are eligible for the National Registry's paramedic certification exam. The program consists of 33 course credits that are available in a full-time or part-time format. You'll explore topics in anatomy and physiology, cardiology, pharmacology and clinical paramedic procedures.


Paramedic Associate's Degree Programs in Texas

Amarillo College

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Medical Services Professions (EMSP)
  • Program Length: Five semesters
  • Tuition: $89.75 per credit hour for district residents; $125.75 per credit hour for non-district residents; $274.75 per credit hour for out-of-state residents (2011-2012 tuition and fees)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; complete math, reading and writing assessment
  • Requirements: Submit proof of immunization
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 12,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 2011 S. Washington, Amarillo, Texas 79109
  • Phone: (806) 354-6077

Amarillo College has six campus locations throughout the Western Texas region. Amarillo College's EMSP degree program consists of 70 semester hours of classroom, lab and practicum experience. Completion of all education requirements can prepare you to become a licensed paramedic. Some of the courses you take include emergency pharmacology, pediatric advanced life support and trauma management. The college allows up to three years to complete your training.

Austin Community College District (ACC)

  • Program Name: AAS in Emergency Medical Services Professions (EMSP)
  • Program Length: Five semesters
  • Tuition: $40 per credit hour for in-state residents; $100 per credit hour for out-of-state residents (tuition only for Fall 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Texas EMT-Basic certification or eligible for the National Registry exam
  • Requirements: American Heart Association CPR certification; must be 18 years old by start of program; submit proof of mathematics, reading and writing assessment scores; pass criminal background check; submit immunization records
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 44,000 (all undergraduate)
  • Address: (Eastview Campus) 3401 Webberville Rd., Austin, Texas 78702 or (Cypress Creek Campus) 1555 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park, Texas 78613
  • Phone: (Eastview Campus) (512) 223-5700 or (Cypress Creek Campus) (512) 223-2000

This 69-credit-hour degree program provides training in areas such as advanced cardiac and pediatric life support, trauma life support, end-of-life procedures and weight training. In your final semester, you must complete a capstone assessment course to test your knowledge and an internship to gain practical skills. After meeting all of these requirements, you will be eligible for the paramedic licensure examination.


Paramedic Bachelor's Degree Program in Texas

UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Sciences (EHS)
  • Program Length: Flexible
  • Tuition: $50 per credit hour for residents; $250 per credit hour for non-residents (as of summer 2012, tuition only)
  • Prerequisites: Current Texas EMT-Paramedic certification; 42 hours of coursework in Texas Core Curriculum with a grade of C or better; 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on all college-level courses
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate
  • Address: 7703 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78229
  • Phone: (210) 567-8760

The EHS degree program is offered online and is designed for practicing paramedics seeking educational advancement. You receive further training in three primary areas: advanced EMS education, EMS management and medical care. Although this degree program consists of 124 credit hours, only 52 credit hours make up your baccalaureate-level coursework. The remaining credits include your general education courses (42 credits transferred from another college) and paramedic preparation courses (30 credits from an EMT-Paramedic program). You must also complete a 6-credit internship in your last semester to earn your degree.


Texas Paramedic Certification Requirements

Before selecting a school to start your training, you should know the requirements necessary for working as a paramedic in Texas. This state has five levels of certification for emergency medical technicians - the highest certification offered is the licensed paramedic, followed by the emergency medical technician-paramedic (EMT-Paramedic).

To become certified as an EMT-Paramedic, you need to complete an EMS training program for paramedics, as well as have completed training and certification for the lower certification levels. Additional requirements including being at least 18 years of age, passing the National Registry exam and submitting fingerprints for a criminal history check. In order to qualify as a licensed paramedic, the Texas Department of State Health Services requires you to have completed a 2-year degree in emergency medical services (EMS) or a 4-year degree in any discipline and an approved EMS training course in addition to the general requirements above.

Salary and Job Outlook for Paramedics

In May 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stated the 14,630 EMTs and paramedics in Texas earned an average salary of approximately $32,000. During this time, Texas employed the second largest number of these workers in the nation. Within the 2010-2020 decade, the BLS projected a 33% job growth for paramedics and EMTs nationwide.

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