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About the EMS and Paramedic Programs

The road to becoming an emergency medical technician or paramedic may be shorter than you think.

If you don’t have a medical background already, the terms may be confusing. EMT is the most common certification in emergency medical services, and two levels of certification are common to almost every state: EMT-basic and EMT-paramedic.

EMT training comes first and can apply to many different jobs (see our careers page for more information). Once you complete EMT training, you can choose to move ahead to paramedic training, work as an EMT full time or continue into another field such as nursing or firefighting.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

The catalog provides detailed information about the credit courses required for EMS and Paramedic awards.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

The EMS and Paramedic programs are each accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in conjunction with the Committee on Accreditation for Educational Programs for the EMS Professions, recognizing the programs’ compliance with nationally established standards. Graduates will complete requirements for Texas Department of State Health Services) EMT-paramedic certification, which includes the National Registry of EMTs examination.


DCCCD Tuition

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.

Brookhaven College

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).

El Centro College in Cooperation With UT Southwestern Medical Center

Students in the Paramedic program pay tuition to El Centro College, a registration fee to UT Southwestern Medical Center and various other fees (including fees for Texas Department of State Health Services registration and National Registry of EMTs testing). See the tuition chart on UT Southwestern Medical Center’s website for complete fee and tuition information. El Centro College tuition is waived for individuals employed by a fire department.  

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​

Related Programs

Check out other programs in Nursing and Health Care or Law and Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Developing Skills for Success

EMS and paramedic training are conducted in a hands-on atmosphere that will prepare you for the reality of your future career in emergency medicine. Labs and equipment include cutting-edge technology similar to what you will find in the workplace. Clinical rotations are conducted at area hospitals for completion of the program.

Faculty Profiles

Faculty members have relevant academic degrees and advanced certifications, paired with professional experience, so they can relate to challenges you’ll face on the job. They work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in your training and on the job. See profiles of our EMS faculty at Brookhaven and Paramedic faculty members at El Centro-UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Transfer Information

EMS and Paramedic courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Links for More Information

Note: Links to websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by the colleges of DCCCD. See links for more information.

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If you have questions that aren’t answered on this website, please feel free to contact us.