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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program

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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.

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 certificates 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.

Please work with a Brookhaven College advisor to devise the best strategy for your educational goals and for other prerequisites.

  • 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.
  • The EMT Basic Certificate takes approximately four months to complete. A variety of schedules is offered, including shift-based, nighttime and fast track.
  • The Paramedicine Level II Certificate combines classroom teaching with supervised clinical and field experience for those seeking certification only as a Paramedic with the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • The Credential for Critical Care Professionals Enhanced Skills Certificate combines classroom teaching with supervised clinical and field experience for medical professionals seeking certification as a Paramedic with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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. 

This course is for students holding an RN, RT or PA credential with a minimum of 24 months of critical-patient care in an emergency department or critical-care unit; current ACLS Certificate and an associate’s degree or higher in a related health care discipline are required. Must provide proof of immunizations and proof of medical insurance.

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, dDunafan@dcccd.edu.

How to Get Started

Acceptance to Brookhaven College’s EMS program is on a first-come, first-served basis without regards to professional affiliation. Get more information on the Emergency Medical Services Program, including the Paramedic and EMT programs, admission requirements, national registry exam and FAQs.

Tuition

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.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Faculty Profiles

Faculty members have relevant academic degrees, certifications and professional experience so they can relate to challenges you’ll face on the job. 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

Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs awarded accreditation to the Brookhaven College EMS program in 2008. 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