Paramedic Academy

Next Paramedic Courses:

Summer Semester 2017 July 10 2017 Day Class M/W 9:30a-5p, 13 mo.

Fall Semester 2017 Nov. 4 2017 Night Class T/Th 6:00p-10:00p & alternating Saturdays 8:00a-5:00p, 17 mo.

*You must hold a current NREMT or TDSHS EMT certification to enroll

Jurisprudence

If you are interested in taking an online Jurisprudence class, you can do so by calling 512-255-3687 or registering by clicking here.

This is a new requirement for all licensed EMS providers renewing after Sept. 1, 2017.

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EMTS Academy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

EMS Course Information

 

Emergency Medical Technician - EMT

Location

1555 University Blvd at Texas State University, Round Rock, Texas 78665

Prerequisites

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL EMS PROGRAM COURSES.

Entry requirements:

Students must:

  • Be 17 years or older PRIOR to the start of clinical rotations and field internships.  Students who do not meet this requirement will need to postpone their enrollment until the next class.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED, or a senior in high school with a letter from a school counselor confirming your expected graduation date.
  • TDSHS certifies those who are 18 or older that have passed the NREMT exam and have either a high school diploma or GED.
  • Submit proof of required immunizations.
  • Obtain a background check through Verified. Information on how to create your Verified account will be provided at registration.
  • Score at the 8th grade reading and writing level on entrance summary for EMT.

Courses starting after October 2016 require the following pre-requisite. Turn the completion certificate into the Admissions Office.

Complete the online FEMA course IS-5.A An introduction to Hazardous Materials: http://www.training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-5.a

Description

Emergency Medical Technician

This course teaches students how to work on an ambulance as an EMT.  It is geared toward students with little or no previous training in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) who would like to either work on an ambulance as an EMT or who will continue their training at the Paramedic level.  This course allows graduates to meet the requirements by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection that all firefighters must be either an ECA or EMT.

Topics

Topics covered:

  • Preparation and Public Health
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Terminology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Life Span Development
  • Airway Management, Respiration, and Artificial Ventilation
  • Patient Assessment
  • Pharmacology
  • Shock and Resuscitation
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Trauma Emergencies
  • Special Patient Populations
  • EMS Operations

Skills assessed (does not include all skills that will be taught and tested in class):

  • Splinting
  • Oxygen administration
  • Bag valve mask
  • Bleeding control and shock management
  • Medication administration
  • Assessment of the medical patient
  • Assessment of the trauma patient
  • Vital signs

Audience

This class is designed for anyone with an 8th grade reading/writing level or higher who wants to pursue a career in EMS, the fire department or work in a hospital emergency department setting. 

Other Information

Course expectations:

  • Students are required to be in uniform for each class.  Points are deducted for uniform infractions.
  • This is a demanding course that requires 1-2 hours of additional reading and study time per chapter outside of class.  There is a significant amount of reading that is required in order to successfully complete the course.  Students who have other commitments are cautioned to plan their schedule carefully before committing to the demands of the class.
  • Communication for much of the course is done via email.  You’ll need daily access to a computer with an Internet connection and an email account.  It is also helpful to have a printer available.
  • The public demands professional behavior from EMS personnel and that discipline starts in the classroom. Therefore, course behavioral policies are strictly enforced.

Functional Job Description

The duties of an EMS professional are physically and mentally demanding.  As such, the Texas Department of State Health Services REQUIRES that all student enrolling in an EMS program read the following information related to the Functional Job Description.

See the end of the page to read the TDSHS Functional Job Description.

CPR Card

You must obtain an American Heart Association CPR/AED card no more than 6 month prior to the start of class.  EMTS Academy will hold a class prior to the start of EMT.  You can sign up for a CPR class during your registration appointment.  Or, Austin EMS CPR holds classes weekly: (512) 978-0175

Finger Print Card

An original State of Texas Fingerprint Card  MUST be obtained at the Texas Department of Public Safety, 108 Denson Dr. (Near Highland Mall off of Airport Blvd).  Their phone number is 512-424-2000. The cost is $9.95

If you have concerns about whether current or previous criminal convictions will prevent you from being certified, click HERE to view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Vaccines

The following vaccines are needed:

  • One injection of tetanus diphtheria pertussis (Tdap) is required within the last 10 years
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • One dose of Varicella Zoster (Chickenpox) if done before your first birthday or two doses if done after your thirteenth birthday
  • A recent Tuberculosis Test (TB) within 180 days of the start date of class
  • A series of 3 injections of Hepatitis B (Hep-B) vaccine is required to be completed prior to any patient contact (clinical time)
  • Meningitis must be received within the last 5 years

Please follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for administration of this vaccine and its time frames.  Your first injection of Hep-B will need to be completed prior to enrollment.

For more information, see the FAQ page.

Uniforms

Uniforms are required to be worn at all scheduled classes.  Uniforms consist of the following:

The uniform consists of:

  • Navy EMS pants
  • Black Belt
  • Black boots capable of being shined.  Tennis shoes or patent leather shoes/boots are NOT acceptable.
  • EMTS Academy shirt with an EMTS Academy patch on the right shoulder.  Students may wear an EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate patch on their left shoulder if they have their Texas EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate certification.

You can use the above items if you already own them.  However, the EMTS Academy shirt and patch will need to be purchased through Miller Uniform.  They have the order sheet for EMTS on file.

Miller Uniforms and Emblems, Inc.

826 Rutland Drive
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 302-5541

Open Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm

www.milleruniforms.com


If you have questions about NREMT disability accommodations, please visit https://nremt.org/nremt/about/policy_accommodations.asp


Graduation Requirements

The following are requirements that must be met in order to receive a course completion certificate:

  • Attendance at all scheduled classes is required.  A student who misses more than 10% of the scheduled course will NOT be eligible to receive a course completion certificate.
  • Obtain a grade of 80% or higher for the entire class
  • Pass ALL written exams with a 75% or higher and maintain an 80% exam average. See course syllabus for details.
  • Follow all course policies and procedures including behavior/attitude requirements.
  • Be on time for all scheduled classes.

Additional graduation requirements may be required.  See the course syllabus for details.

 

Paramedic

Course Information

Prerequisites

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE.

Entry requirements:

Students must:

  • Be 18 years or older PRIOR to the start of clinicals.  Students who do not meet this requirement will need to postpone their enrollment until the next class.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED, or a senior in high school with a letter from a school counselor confirming your expected graduation date.
  • TDSHS certifies those who are 18 or older that have passed the NREMT exam and have either a high school diploma or GED.
  • Submit proof of required immunizations.
  • Obtain a background check through Verified. Information on how to create your Verified account will be provided at registration.
  • A student who has at a National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) EMT certification or higher will be conditionally enrolled in the course.  The student must obtain their Texas EMT-Basic certification in the time specified by the program or their enrollment may be terminated with no refund of tuition or fees.  See “Refund Policies” for further information.
  • Must have a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card and maintain it throughout the course.
  • Must pass a physical stating that the student meets the requirements of the Functional Job Description for the EMT-Paramedic.
  • Students will be required to submit a background investigation with no arrests or convictions that would prohibit them from being certified in the State of Texas.  For more information, students need to check with the Texas Department of State Health Services about convictions and certifications. If you have concerns about whether current or previous criminal convictions will prevent you from being certified, click HERE to view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
  • Score at the 10th grade reading and writing level on the entrance summary for Paramedic.

 

Courses starting after October 2016 require the following pre-requisite. Turn the completion certificate into the Admissions Office.

  • Complete the free online FEMA course IS-100.B An introduction to Incident Command Systems:  www.training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b
  • Complete the free online FEMA course ICS 200.B ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents: www.training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-200.b
  • Complete the free online FEMA course IS-700.A National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction: www.training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a
  • Complete the free online FEMA course ICS 800B National Response Framework, An Introduction: www.training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-800.b

Description

Paramedic

This course teaches students how to work on an ambulance as a Paramedic.  It is geared toward students those students who want the highest level of pre-hospital Emergency Medical Services training.  This course meets or exceeds the requirements for Paramedic under the new National Education Standards and Texas Department of State Health Services.

Students who successfully meet all of the requirements of the class will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible to take the NREMT exam for Paramedic.  Once certified by NREMT, a student is eligible to apply to the State of Texas and receive their State of Texas EMT-Paramedic certification.

Topics

Topics covered, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced patient assessment
  • Haz-Mat
  • Basic pharmacology
  • Shock
  • Automatic external defibrillator
  • Advanced airway management
  • Fluid therapy
  • Medication administration
  • Cardiac monitoring

Skills assessed (may not include all skills that will be taught and tested in class):

  • Patient Assessment-Trauma
  • Adult Ventilatory Management
  • Dual-Lumen Airway Device
  • Dynamic Cardiology
  • Static Cardiology
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Intravenous Bolus Medications
  • Oral Station which includes scene management, patient assessment, patient management, interpersonal relations, and integration (verbal report, field impression, and transport decision).
  • Pediatric Ventilatory Management
  • Pediatric Intraosseous Infusion
  • Patient Assessment-Medical
  • Ventilatory Management
  • Intravenous (IV) Therapy
  • Spinal Immobilization-Seated Patient
  • Spinal Immobilization-Supine Patient
  • Bleeding Control/Shock Management

Audience

This class is designed for anyone with an 10th grade reading/writing level or higher who is currently certified as an EMT with the NREMT and TDSHS and who wants to pursue a career or volunteer as a Paramedic in EMS, a fire department, or in the hospital Emergency Department setting. 

Other Information

Course expectations:

  • This is a DEMANDING course that requires 1-2 hours of additional reading and study time per chapter outside of class. There is a significant amount of reading that is required in order to successfully complete the course.  Students who have other commitments are cautioned to plan their schedule carefully before committing to the demands of the class.
  • Students are required to be in uniform for each class.  Points are deducted for uniform infractions.
  • Communication for much of the course is done via email.  Students need daily access to a computer with an Internet connection and an email account.  It is also helpful to have a printer available.
  • The public demands professional behavior from EMS personnel and that discipline starts in the classroom. Therefore, course behavioral policies are strictly enforced.  Unprofessional behavior can result in a student being dropped from the program.

Functional Job Description

The duties of an EMS professional are physically and mentally demanding.  As such, the Texas Department of State Health Services REQUIRES that all student enrolling in an EMS program read the following information related to the Functional Job Description.

See the end of the page to read the TDSHS Functional Job Description.

CPR Card

You must obtain an American Heart Association CPR/AED card no more than 6 month prior to the start of class.  EMTS Academy will hold a class prior to the start of Paramedic.  You can sign up for a CPR class during your registration appointment.  Or, Austin EMS CPR holds classes weekly: (512) 978-0175

Finger Print Card

An original State of Texas Fingerprint Card  MUST be obtained at the Texas Department of Public Safety, 108 Denson Dr. (Near Highland Mall off of Airport Blvd).  Their phone number is 512-424-2000. The cost is $9.95

If you have concerns about whether current or previous criminal convictions will prevent you from being certified, click HERE to view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Vaccines

You will upload the following vaccines to your Verified Credential's Account:

  • One injection of tetanus diphtheria pertussis (Tdap) is required within the last 10 years
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • One dose of Varicella Zoster (Chickenpox) if done before your first birthday or two doses if done after your thirteenth birthday
  • A recent Tuberculosis Test (TB) within 180 days from the start date of class
  • A series of 3 injections of Hepatitis B (Hep-B) vaccine is required to be completed prior to any patient contact (clinical time)
  • Meningitis must be received within the last 5 years

Click here to access the Verified Credential's Account set-up instructions.

Please follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for administration of this vaccine and its time frames.  Your first injection of Hep-B will need to be completed prior to enrollment.

For more information, see our FAQ page.

Uniforms

Uniforms are required to be worn at all scheduled classes.  Uniforms consist of the following:

The uniform consists of:

  • Navy EMS pants
  • Black Belt
  • Black Boots capable of being shined.  Tennis shoes or patent leather shoes/boots are NOT acceptable.
  • EMTS Academy shirt with an EMTS Academy patch on the right shoulder.  Students may wear an EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate patch on their left shoulder if they have their Texas EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate certification.

You can use the above items if you already own them.  However, the EMTS Academy shirt and patch will need to be purchased through Miller Uniform.  They have the order sheet for EMTS on file.

Miller Uniforms and Emblems, Inc.

826 Rutland Drive
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 302-5541

Open Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm

www.milleruniforms.com

 

Textbook

Paramedic Textbook Package

Paramedic students will be using:

Purchase through Jones and Bartlett as a package using ISBN 9781284126549:
Paramedic Practice Today REVISED Edition Volumes 1 and 2, by Barbara Aehlert.

Paramedic Practice Today Volumes 1 and 2 WORKBOOK, by Barbara Aehlert.

Paramedic: Anatomy & Physiology –by Elling, Rothenburg, and Elling


Purchase through Pearson as a package using ISBN 9780134718439:

Prehospital Emergency Pharmacology 7th Ed. ISBN 10: 0-13-513822-1

Basic Arrythmias 8th Ed.  ISBN 10: 0134380991


Graduation Requirements

The following are requirements that must be met in order to receive a course completion certificate:

  • Attendance at all scheduled classes is required.  A student who misses more than 10% of the scheduled course will NOT be eligible to receive a course completion certificate.

  • Obtain a grade of 80% or higher for the entire class

  • Pass ALL written exams with a 75% or higher and maintain an 80% exam average. See course syllabus for details.

  • Abide by all course policies and procedures including behavior/attitude requirements.

  • Be on time for all scheduled classes.

  • Satisfactorily complete all clinical and field internship time and submit required documentation as required.

Additional graduation requirements may be required.  See the course syllabus for details.

How to Register

Fill out the registration form and select the appropriate course from the drop down menu.

If you have questions about NREMT disability accommodations, please visit https://nremt.org/nremt/about/policy_accommodations.asp


Functional Position Description ECA/EMT/EMT-I/EMT-P

The following information is from the Texas Department of State Health Services website. For more information, please visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/JOBDESC.sHTM for more information.

Introduction

We are providing the following position description for ECA/EMT/EMT-I/EMT-P. This should guide you when giving advice to anyone who is interested in understanding what qualifications, competencies and tasks are required of the ECA/EMT/EMT-I/EMT-P.

Qualifications

Successfully complete a department approved course. Verification of skills proficiency and achievement of a passing score on the written certification examination.

Must be at least 18 years of age. Generally, the knowledge and skills required show the need for a high school education or equivalent. Ability to communicate verbally; via telephone and radio equipment; ability to lift, carry, and balance up to 125 pounds (250 with assistance); ability to interpret written, oral and diagnostic form instructions; ability to use good judgment and remain calm in high-stress situations; ability to be unaffected by loud noises and flashing lights; ability to function efficiently throughout an entire work shift without interruption; ability to calculate weight and volume ratios and read small print, both under life threatening time constraints; ability to read English language manuals and road maps; accurately discern street signs and address numbers; ability to interview patient, family members, and bystanders; ability to document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramifications of such; ability to converse in English with coworkers and hospital staff as to status of patient. Good manual dexterity, with ability to perform all tasks related to highest quality patient care. Ability to bend, stoop, and crawl on uneven terrain; and the ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold, and moisture. Ability to work in low light and confined spaces.

COMPETENCY AREAS

ECA Emergency Care Attendant

Must demonstrate competency handling emergencies utilizing all Basic Life Support equipment and skills in accordance with all behavioral objectives in the DOT/First Responder Training Course and the FEMA document entitled "Recognizing and Identifying Hazardous Materials", and to include curricula on aids to resuscitation, blood pressure by palpation and auscultation, oral suctioning, spinal immobilization, patient assessment, and adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The automated external defibrillator curriculum is optional.

EMT Emergency Medical Technician

Must demonstrate competency handling emergencies utilizing all Basic Life Support equipment and skills in accordance with all behavioral objectives in the DOT/EMT Basic curriculum and the FEMA document entitled "Recognizing and Identifying Hazardous Materials". EMT 1994 curriculum includes objectives pertaining to the use of the pneumatic antishock garment, automated external defibrillator, epinephrine auto-injector and inhaler bronchodilators.

EMT-I Intermediate

Must demonstrate competency handling emergencies utilizing all Basic and Advanced Life Support equipment and skills in accordance with all behavioral objectives in the DOT/EMT Basic and EMT-I curriculum. The curriculum will include objectives pertaining to endotracheal intubation.

EMT-P Paramedic

Must demonstrate competency handling emergencies utilizing all Basic and Advanced Life Support equipment and skills in accordance with all behavioral objectives in the DOT/EMT Basic, EMT-I curriculum, and the EMT-P curriculum. The EMT-P has reached the highest level of pre- hospital certification.

Description of Tasks

Receives call from dispatcher, responds verbally to emergency calls, reads maps, may drive ambulance to emergency site, uses most expeditious route, and observes traffic ordinances and regulations.

Determines nature and extent of illness or injury, takes pulse, blood pressure, visually observes changes in skin color, makes determination regarding patient status, establishes priority for emergency care, renders appropriate emergency care (based on competency level); may administer intravenous drugs or fluid replacement as directed by physician. May use equipment (based on competency level) such as but not limited to, defibrillator, electrocardiograph, performs endotracheal intubation to open airways and ventilate patient, inflates pneumatic anti-shock garment to improve patient's blood circulation.

Assists in lifting, carrying, and transporting patient to ambulance and on to a medical facility. Reassures patients and bystanders, avoids mishandling patient and undue haste, searches for medical identification emblem to aid in care. Extricates patient from entrapment, assesses extent of injury, uses prescribed techniques and appliances, radios dispatcher for additional assistance or services, provides light rescue service if required, provides additional emergency care following established protocols.

Complies with regulations in handling deceased, notifies authorities, arranges for protection of property and evidence at scene. Determines appropriate facility to which patient will be transported, reports nature and extent of injuries or illness to that facility, asks for direction from hospital physician or emergency department. Observes patient en route and administers care as directed by physician or emergency department or according to published protocol. Identifies diagnostic signs that require communication with facility. Assists in removing patient from ambulance and into emergency facility. Reports verbally and in writing observations about and care of patient at the scene and in-route to facility, provides assistance to emergency staff as required.

Replaces supplies, sends used supplies for sterilization, checks all equipment for future readiness, maintains ambulance in operable condition, ensures ambulances cleanliness and orderliness of equipment and supplies, decontaminates vehicle interior, determines vehicle readiness by checking oil, gas, water in battery and radiator, and tire pressure, maintains familiarity with all specialized equipment.

 

EMTS Academy and St. David's Paramedic Program Consortium has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway

Suite 111-312

Rowlett, TX 75088