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Roy K. Yamada, M.D.EMS medical director, Brookhaven College
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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, dDunafan@dcccd.edu.
Acceptance to Brookhaven College’s EMS program is on a first-come, first-served basis without regards to professional affiliation.
All EMS students must:
EMT Certification Required to Begin Paramedic ClassesIn 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.
Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.
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.
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:
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.