Emergency Medical Services Certificate (Paramedic)


Strider Floyd
Division Chair, Emergency Services
(940) 498-6254
sfloyd@nctc.edu

The Paramedic program at North Central Texas College teaches basic and advanced life support. Certified paramedics are the primary care providers in advanced level ambulances and fire departments.

Upon completion of the certificate students will be able to:

  • Describe the scope of paramedic practice within local, state and national parameters.
  • Demonstrate the desirable qualities of an EMS provider that contribute to high professional and ethical standards.
  • Recognize, assess and manage medical and traumatic emergencies while establishing priorities under the appropriate medical control. Procedures will include physical assessment, extrication, basic life support, airway control and ventilation, fluid resuscitation, drug therapy, emergency delivery, cardiac monitoring and electrical intervention, psychological support and other forms of basic and advanced life support.
  • Coordinate scene management, patient care, and transportation with other agencies.
  • Establish rapport with first responders, agencies, patient's family members, and staff of receiving hospitals.
  • Concisely document through written and oral communications, events relative to the provision of emergency care.
  • In the event of contingencies, exercise personal judgment that is sound and appropriate for the situation.

Courses are taught through lecture, case study skills, written assignments, skills demonstrations, and hands-on training. Clinical experiences and Internships are completed through area hospitals and EMS/fire departments. The certificate requirement of Anatomy & Physiology (VNSG 1420) can be taught via classroom lecture or online.

Individuals interested in either the EMT-Basic or Paramedic programs must attend an Advisement Session in order to be considered for admission. Once potential EMT-Basic students have attended an Advisement Session, they will be required to complete the HESI test. The top 25 highest scores from the HESI test will be accepted into the Emergency Medical Technology Program. The top 20 highest scores from the HESI test will be accepted into the Paramedic program. 

Potential students who wish to gain admission to the EMT-Basic or Paramedic Programs must complete the following:

  • Attend an Advisement Session
  • Take the HESI Test

Once accepted to the program of their choice, the student must complete the following:

  • Submit Application for Admission to NCTC with official transcripts
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Immunizations
  • Drug Screen
  • Physical
  • CPR Certification (AHA Healthcare Provider only)

Criteria for enrolling into the EMS programs:

  • Must have a social security number.
  • Must be at 18 years old.
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Must have medical insurance (can be purchased through agencies that work with NCTC.
  • Must be currently certified as National Registered EMT or Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) EMT 

The Paramedic Certificate program is designed to take 3 semesters (1 year) to complete and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study. This degree can be completed either completely face-to-face or through a mix of face-to-face classes and online classes.

Certificate Requirements

First Semester

First semester courses and credits required to earn the EMS Paramedic Certificate
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
EMSP 2261 CLINICAL I - EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN/PARAMEDIC 2
EMSP 1338 INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED PRACTICE 3
EMSP 2544 CARDIOLOGY 5
EMSP 2306 EMERGENCY PHARMACOLOGY 3
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 13

Second Semester

Second semester courses and credits required to earn the EMS Paramedic Certificate
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
EMSP 1355 TRAUMA MANAGEMENT 3
EMSP 1356 PATIENT ASSESSMENT AND AIRWAY MANAGEMENT 3
EMSP 2262 CLINICAL II - EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN/ PARAMEDIC 2
EMSP 2237 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 2
EMSP 2434 MEDICAL EMERGENCIES 4
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 14

Third Semester

Third semester courses and credits required to earn the EMS Paramedic Certificate
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
EMSP 2232 ASSESSMENT BASED MANAGEMENT 2
EMSP 2364 *PRACTICUM - EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY/TECHNICIAN EMT/PARAMEDIC 3
EMSP 2305 EMS OPERATIONS 3
VNSG 1420 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH 4
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 12

* EMSP 2363: Capstone Experience

Total Credit Hours: 39