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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Program Information:

LEVEL I Certificate: 23 semester credit hours (EMT and AEMT)

LEVEL II Certificate: 45 semester credit hours (Paramedic)

AAS Degree: 60 semester credit hours

EMSThe course prepares students as emergency medical care providers in a pre-hospital setting.  Persons certified as EMT-Paramedics provide a higher level of care as specified by the Texas Department of State Health and the National Registry of EMTs. The course of study earns the student up to 45 semester credit hours; that may be matriculated into the EMS Associate of Applied Science degree. 

Classes for EMT are offered at the Richmond and Wharton campuses; and the classes for Paramedic are offered at the Wharton campus only.

The WCJC EMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians:  www.nremt.org

Texas Department of State Health Services website:  www.tdh.state.tx.us/hcqs/ems

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs:  www.caahep.org
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       Clearwater, FL 33756 
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Criminal Background Checks

Most clinical facilities require criminal background checks to be completed prior to allowing student participation in clinical training.  Applicants conditionally accepted into the EMS program will be required to complete a criminal background check. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check, completed by a WCJC approved agency. The cost of the criminal background will be at the applicant’s expense. Information regarding the process should be obtained from the EMS Program Director.

Committee on Accreditation of Educaitonal Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP):  www.coaemsp.org
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     Rowlett, TX  75088 
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