Application Process


  • Must apply and meet all admission requirements to Wharton County Junior College.
  • Complete and submit the program application: EMS Program Application directly to the EMS Program.  A student information/registration packet will be issued for the requested class.
  • Students must first complete the EMT program (or hold a current EMT certification) prior to enrolling in the Advanced EMT course.
  • Students must first complete the EMT and Advanced EMT program prior to enrolling in the Paramedic course.
  • Must provide a High School Transcript or GED certificate (the EMS program requires a copy for your student file).
  • Must provide documentation showing proof of required immunizations or current titer levels.
    • Proof of Hepatitis B vaccination series or have started the Hepatitis B series
    • Diphtheria-tetanus & Pertussis (tDap) adult dose within the last 10 years
    • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
    • Varicella (or history of chickenpox)
    • Flu vaccine (current season) 
  • Must provide documentation of annual TB skin test (positive results will require follow-up).
  • Must provide copy of current CPR certification by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR.  NO OTHER CPR CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
  • A current 10-panel drug screen.  The drug screen is valid for one year from the date of the test.  If the test is over one year, a new test will be required.  Random drug tests may also be required.  Failure to provide test results may lead to dismissal from the program.
  • An entrance physical is required for the program.  The form will be included in the registration packet issued from the program.
  • Must complete a health data form.  The form will be included in the registration packet issued from the program.
  • A full background check is required.  Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check, completed by a WCJC approved agency.  The form will be included in the registration packet issued from the program. 
    • Clinical facilities/field agencies require a current criminal background check to be completed prior to allowing student participation in clinical training at their facilities.
    • The cost of the criminal background will be at the applicant's expense. 


The grading scale for the EMS program is as follows:

A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
F = below 80

The curriculum of the EMS Program is sequential; therefore a student must achieve a minimum grade of 80 in each EMSP course to receive credit for the course and progress to the next sequence of courses. 


Program costs include:  tuition, fees, liability insurance, student accident insurance, and the initial National Registry Exam fee.  These fees are all included in your payment to the college.  Additional costs include:  textbooks, skills/clinical tracking software, uniforms, establishing a CastleBranch account (includes immunization tracking, background check and drug screening), stethoscope goggles, penlight, trauma shears and student classroom supplies.  Financial Aid is available - Students may contact the Financial Aid Office for information. 

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