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“The measure of our greatness is not in saving those lives that everyone else can save, for this is the standard of care. Our greatness is measured by saving those that no one else can save.”

Roy K. Yamada, M.D.
EMS medical director, Brookhaven College

Mission Statement

The Brookhaven College Emergency Medical Services program is dedicated to student success and committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of education and training in emergency medical service. The EMS program goal is to create responsible, caring and competent emergency medical services professionals through the professionalism and aptitude of our instructors.

Degree and Certificate Options

Brookhaven College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program has training for EMT-basic (EMT-B) and EMT-paramedic (EMT-P) certifications and also offers a unique opportunity to earn an associate degree in paramedicine.

Credit degree options include:

  • Paramedicine Associate in Applied Sciences Degree
  • Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certificate
  • Paramedicine Level 1 Certificate
  • Paramedicine Associate in Applied Sciences Degree

    EMT-paramedics recognize, assess and manage medical emergencies of acutely ill or injured patients in pre-hospital care settings, working under the direction of a physician (often through radio communication).

    The Paramedicine Associate in Applied Sciences Degree combines classroom teaching with supervised clinical and field experience. When you successfully complete all required coursework, you’ll be eligible to take the exam for registration as an emergency medical technician paramedic through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Upon successful completion of that exam, you’ll then be eligible to apply for a license as an EMT-paramedic in the state of Texas.

    If you are a nationally certified EMT and enrolled in Brookhaven College, credit may be given for EMSP 1501 and 1160 via credit-by-exam.

    Completion time for the Paramedicine associate degree plan depends on how many courses you take at one time and in what format. Please work with a Brookhaven College advisor to devise the best strategy for your educational goals and for other prerequisites.

    EMT Basic Certificate

    The EMT Basic Certificate takes approximately four months to complete. A variety of schedules are offered, including shift-based, nighttime and fast track. Instruction includes basic life support, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automatic external defibrillation, physical assessment, bandaging and splinting, traction splinting, spinal immobilization, airway management, oxygen therapy and other noninvasive procedures.

    Paramedicine Level 1 Certificate

    The Paramedicine Level 1 certificate takes approximately 10 months to complete and will prepare you to function in an advanced life-support capacity with invasive skills such as:

    • establishment of peripheral intravenous lines, including initiation of external jugular cannulation
    • endotracheal intubation
    • drug administration by various routes
    • intraosseous infusions
    • electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm identification and 12-lead ECG interpretation
    • defibrillation and cardioversion
    • noninvasive cardiac pacing and chest decompression

    Both EMT and paramedic courses include classroom instruction, hospital rotations with emphasis on emergency department experience and emergency ambulance experience. Classes are scheduled on a “fire department shift-based format (A-, B-, or C-shifts) as well as a nighttime class that meets four nights per week and every other Saturday. They are designed to prepare you to provide basic and advanced prehospital care to emergency patients. Skills lab time includes a cadaver lab, vehicle extrication day, helicopter landing zone class and wilderness rescue day. 

    Actual length of time to complete either certificate or the associate degree depends on factors such as semester and length of course and whether a course is taken in spring, summer or fall; in the daytime or at night; or as a regular or fast-track class.

    Bridge Course for Registered Nurses, Respiratory Therapists and Physicians Assistants

    Courses are available for registered nurses, respiratory therapists and physician assistants to “bridge” into the EMS program.

    “In answer to the increasing demand for health care professionals in the region, employers are looking for multi-skilled and multi-certified individuals,” says Dr. Juanita Zapata Flint, RNFNP-C, executive director for the college’s Health and Human Services Division. “This 16-week program provides the education and clinical lab skills of a paramedic, so the individual is more astute in emergency practices and certified to fly in fixed-wing or helicopter air transportation situations.”

    Some prerequisites apply in this special program, which is only for students who already hold a credential as an RN, RT or PA, with a minimum of 36 months of critical-patient care in an emergency department or critical-care unit. A current, advanced cardiac life support certificate and an associate degree or higher in a related health care discipline also are required, along with proof of current immunizations and medical insurance. The course is taught by working nationally certified paramedics.

    For more information on the bridge program, please contact an instructor in the EMS program.

    Liability Insurance: All students, once admitted, are required to purchase professional liability insurance unless provided by employer with a letter on file. Students cannot attend clinical without professional liability insurance that is valid throughout the course. The cost is to be announced in class.

    End-of-Course Outcomes: Students will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and apply for Texas Department of State Health Services Paramedic Certification.

    For more information, contact David Dunafan, NREMT-P, 982-860-7868,

    How to Get Started

    Acceptance to Brookhaven College’s EMS program is on a first-come, first-served basis without regards to professional affiliation.

    All EMS students must:

  • Be accepted to Brookhaven College (get information about the admissions process) and hold a student ID card.
  • Provide proof of current CPR for health care provider certification prior to the start of the EMS program. CPR must be at the American Heart Association Health Care Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer level and must be kept current throughout the duration of the EMS course of studies. (Please note that a hands-on skills component is necessary in your CPR course; Internet courses cannot be applied.)
  • Provide proof of immunizations. Hospitals and clinical facilities have the right to refuse students who have asked for exemptions from immunizations for personal or religious reasons. These cases will be handled individually. Contact the Brookhaven College Health Center for information or to make a vaccination appointment. Students without proof of completed immunizations will not be allowed to continue in the program, without exception.
  • Obtain a Social Security card and required liability insurance policy.
    Important Note: Clinical opportunities are not available for any student who cannot obtain a U.S. Social Security number. Upon acceptance to the program, students are required to obtain a Social Security number. International students are advised to contact the Brookhaven College Multicultural Center concerning this requirement.
  • Have proof of medical insurance coverage.
  • Have their own transportation in order to get to clinical rotation sites.
  • Obtain liability insurance and consent to a thorough criminal background check and random drug testing at the student’s expense.
  • Attend an EMS program orientation day and obtain required textbooks and the EMS kit(s) by the first day of class.
  • EMT Certification Required to Begin Paramedic Classes

    In addition, prospective paramedic students must provide proof of Texas or national registry of EMT certification for EMT-basic or EMT-intermediate prior to the mandatory EMS program orientation date.


    Students in the EMS program pay tuition to Brookhaven College along with various other fees (including fees for Texas Department of State Health Services registration and National Registry of EMTs testing).


    Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.








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    Faculty Profiles

    Our faculty members not only have relevant academic degrees and advanced certifications but also real-world experience that enables them to relate to the challenges you’ll face on the job. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in your training and career. See profiles of our EMS faculty members


    On March 14, 2008, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs awarded accreditation to the Brookhaven College EMS program.

    The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions and CAAHEP’s board of directors recognize the program’s compliance with nationally established accreditation standards.

    Brookhaven College’s EMS program is also accredited through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    Program Location

    The EMS program is located in Brookhaven’s Science and Allied Health (X) building, also housing other health career programs such as Nursing and Radiological Sciences and science programs such as chemistry and biology.

    The building is the only facility in the North Texas area and one of the few in the country to have been built specifically for an EMS training program. Specific components include:

    • A full-scale ambulance simulator
    • A scene practice room set up as a living room for staging realistic rescue scenarios
    • Practice stairwell for carrying patients
    • Outdoor automobile extrication simulator
    • Human patient simulators, fully interactive and computer-driven, both adult and children
    • “Smart” classrooms so that every student to record their responses and reactions to patient scenarios on a thumb drive, in order to review and improve performance

    Noncredit Classes in Emergency Medical Skills Certifications

    Brookhaven College’s Continuing Education Divison also offers noncredit classes in emergency medical skills certifications for EMTs, paramedics, physicians, nurses and other allied medical personnel, as well as the National Registry Exam for EMTs.

    ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support (regular and fast-track)
    BCLS Basic Cardiac Life Support
    EMT EMT and Paramedic National Registry Refresher Course
    PALS Pediatric Advanced Life Support (regular and fast-track)
    PEPP Prehospital Education for Prehospital Professionals
    PHTLS Prehospital Trauma Life Support
    NRP Neonatal Resuscitation Program