- 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
- 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:
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.