Emergency Services

EMS & Fire Science
  • Group of Fire Science students receiving instruction in the field
  • EMT students moving down a hall with a simulation mannequin
  • Fire Science student

The Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. With this growth comes the need for more EMS personnel and firefighters to meet the needs of the public safety. Being a firefighter or EMS provider is a rewarding profession with the opportunity to make a difference in the community.

The Emergency Services program consists of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for students wanting to qualify for certification as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and Fire Science for students wishing to qualify for basic firefighter certification and for employed firefighters seeking to enhance their career with a degree.

EMS Students train with a simulation mannequin

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B)

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program at NCTC teaches basic life support procedures. EMT is the entry-level certification for EMS. EMTs work alongside paramedics in the delivery of pre-hospital care.

Upon completion of the certificate students will be able to sit for the National Registry examination and apply for the certification through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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 and fire departments.


Program Goals & Learning Objectives

To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

The next Paramedic program will start on January 22, 2019 and will end mid-December. It will be a night class held Monday-Thursday 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Clinical rotation days will vary and include Fridays and weekends.

Applicants must have Texas DSHS EMT certification. The selection process will be based on the EMT Entrance Exam score. Those who have completed Anatomy & Physiology I & II or have completed the VNSG 1420: Anatomy & Physiology course will be given 5 extra points on the exam. Applicants must also attend an information session and take the HESI-A2 exam — Basic Reading and Math.

For further information please contact:

Claudia Leuschner
(940) 498-6237

Program Outcomes

EMS National Registry Pass, Retention, and Placement percentages for the last three years.
Year National Registry
First Time Pass
National Registry
Overall Pass
Retention Placement
(graduates who sought jobs or furthered education)
2019 60% 70% 71% 90%
2018 60% 93% 68% 100%
2017 69% 85% 68% 100%


Our Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763 
(727) 210-2350

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445

NCTC Dual Credit Fire Science Program wins TACTE Excellence Award 2021

Fire Science

The Basic Fire Academy is designed to give the student a well-rounded education for a professional career in the fire service.

Following successful completion of the program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate the desirable qualities of a basic firefighter that contribute to high professional and ethical standards. They should function effectively during high stress situations which may include physical exertion, austere environments, victim extrication, basic or advanced life support patient treatments, victim rescue, and fire suppression. Students will be able to coordinate scene management during hazardous situations, establish rapport with first responders, agencies, patients, victims, and the public, and concisely document through written and oral communications, events relative to the provision of emergency care, rescue, and fire incidents. 

Courses are taught through lecture, written assignments, skills demonstrations, and hands-on training. Clinical experiences and Internships are completed through local fire departments.

Admission to the Programs

Individuals interested in either the Fire Science or Basic EMT must attend an Information Session in order to be considered for admission. Students will receive an information packet at the session and are encouraged to bring questions. For times and dates of upcoming Information Sessions, please consult the Information Sessions calendar or look to the Event list on the right sidebar.

To RSVP to an Information Session, contact Claudia Leuschner.

Claudia Leuschner
Emergency Services Administrative Assistant
(940) 498-6237

Strider Floyd, BS, RN, LP
Division Chair, Emergency Services
(940) 498-6254