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About the EMS Education Programs

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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 and Paramedic.

EMT training comes first and can apply to many different jobs (see our careers page for more information). EMTs and Paramedics have increasingly diverse job choices in less traditional settings such as hospitals and clinics.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

The catalog provides detailed information about the credit courses required for awards in EMS Education.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

The EMS education programs at Brookhaven College and El Centro College in conjunction with UT Southwestern Medical Center are each accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs after extensive scrutiny by 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 (DSHS) Paramedic certification, which includes the National Registry of EMTs

Graduates of Brookhaven’s associate degree in Paramedicine are eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs examination and apply for a Paramedic license with the Texas Department of State Health Services. Graduates of either Brookhaven’s or El Centro’s Paramedic certificates are eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs examination; passing this exam satisfies requirements for the Texas Department of State Health Services Paramedic certification.  

Completers of the EMT program at Brookhaven, El Centro and Richland colleges are eligible to take the NREMT examination. Successful completion of this exam qualifies you to apply for EMT certification with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for credit classes qualifying for regular DCCCD tuition in 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.​​

Veterans’ Benefits and Firefighter Tuition Waiver

Emergency Medical Services education credit programs are eligible for veterans’ benefits. The State of Texas waives firefighters’ tuition for EMS and Fire Science programs in state-supported educational institutions such as DCCCD.

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

EMT 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. Internships are conducted with local emergency services providers and fire departments.

Transfer Information

Courses and certifications generally lead to 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.