Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Program

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Program

Our Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate program in Texas is designed to teach you how to provide care to emergency patients in an out-of-hospital setting.

The College of Health Care Professions is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and was founded by doctors over 30 years ago. Our EMT Program is designed by health care professionals with a focus on core classes and flexibility to prepare you to access a new career as a health professional in as few as four months. This blended program offers convenient EMT classes online to fit your busy schedule and labs on-campus at night or on the weekend.

What is an EMT?

Emergency medical technicians respond to emergencies and provide first-line medical or emergency care for sick and injured people at a non-hospital scene and/or while they are being transported to the hospital for care.

EMTs work in a variety of environments like hospitals, ambulances, fire departments, or other rescue services.

Program Details

Program Length

Blended: 16 weeks


You can take this program via blended learning at our Austin, Houston - Med Center, Houston - Southwest, and North San Antonio campuses.

Blended learning consists of both online classes and in-person classes, allowing you the opportunity to learn techniques online while receiving the hands-on medical training you need in person.


EMT Orientation


Students are introduced to emergency medical services and learn basic cognitive knowledge in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology. The course continues with information on EMS systems, crew resources, and legal issues and documentation. Patient assessment is covered and students begin to practice hands-on skills with CPR. Prerequisite: None

Total Hours50hr.

EMT Laboratory


This course continues with cognitive learning while also allowing students practice in the psychomotor skills required in the NREMT psychomotor examination. Students perform patient assessment/management, bag-valve-mask ventilation, oxygen administration, spinal immobilization, bleeding control, shock management, cardiac arrest management, joint mobilization, and long bone immobilization. Students must pass a final written exam with at least 80% and a final skills assessment prior to the clinical experience. Prerequisite: Module I

Total Hours50hr.

EMT Clinical


The EMT Clinical allows students to practice the skills learned from both the online study and hands-on skills components of the program. Students complete a minimum of 48 hours in ambulance-based field experience and an additional 24 hours in a hospital emergency department. Students also complete online test prep for the National Registry exam. Prerequisite: Modules I and II.

Total Hours72hr.

About the Emergency Medical Technician Training Program

The goal of our Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Program is to prepare you to apply for an entry-level EMT career in Texas. All our instructors have real-world experience. You will have the opportunity to learn how to provide basic life support and respond to 911 calls, assess a patient’s condition and determine a course of treatment, provide first-aid treatment, transport patients, report observations and treatments, document medical care provided, and manage supplies and equipment.

Applicants accepted into our EMT school will study medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and EMT systems to acquire the skills necessary to become an asset to the emergency healthcare team. Graduates should be able to assess and manage patients by performing basic life support measures, such as CPR, bag-valve-mask ventilation, oxygen administration, spinal immobilization, bleeding control, shock management, cardiac arrest management, joint mobilization, and long bone immobilization.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does an EMT do?

Our EMT training program is designed to equip you with the knowledge necessary to apply for a position as an entry-level emergency medical technician. Some of the skills and knowledge an EMT needs include:

  • Responding to 911 calls for emergency medical assistance
  • Assessing a patient’s condition and determining a course of treatment
  • Providing first-aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured patients
  • Transporting patients safely in an ambulance
  • Transferring patients to the emergency department of a hospital or other healthcare facility
  • Reporting observations and treatment to physicians, nurses, or other healthcare facility staff
  • Documenting medical care provided
  • Inventorying, replacing, and cleaning supplies and equipment after use

What externship experience will I receive?

Included in the blended program is 72 hours of clinical externship experience, which is built into the program to put learned skills into practice with our local healthcare employer partners. The EMT externship includes a minimum of 48 hours of ambulance-based field experience and an additional 24 hours in an emergency department. This externship is designed to allow our students to gain real-life hands-on work experience and to prepare students to take the National Registry Exam and obtain an EMT certification.

How do I become a certified emergency medical technician?

Once you graduate from our EMT Program, you’ll be able to apply as an entry-level EMT in a variety of emergency settings. We offer training to provide you the opportunity to obtain EMT Basic certification to become a certified EMT with the necessary credentialing agencies. Upon graduation, you will have the opportunity to take the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians Exam and apply for the Texas Department of State Health Services licensure.

Initial Emergency Medical Technician Basic Program is Approved by Texas Department of State Health Services. Basic Initial Education Program #600247

What are some EMT jobs?

With an EMT certification, you will be able to apply to work in one of many different healthcare settings. Some of those include:

  • Private Ambulance Service
  • Fire Department
  • Hospital
  • Other Rescue Service

Some job titles can include:

  • EMT
  • Critical Care Technician
  • Patient Care Technician

For additional career titles and earning potential, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Our Career Services team will work with you to provide information about career options, practice your interview skills, and offer job placement assistance.

If you are ready to apply to our program or if you need more information, simply fill out the form to have one of our Admissions Advisors contact you! Take the first step toward your new healthcare career as an EMT.

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How to Become an EMT

If you are ready to enroll in the EMT certificate program, you must first meet the following requirements:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • A Scholastic Level Exam score of at least 13
  • The ability to read and write in English
  • Have good coordination, be neat, professional, and have excellent customer service skills

Have More Questions?

Get answers to our frequently asked questions. We are here to help you every step of the way from personalized student support, to job placement assistance and career services for life. We can help you get started on your EMT training or certification with financial aid options and affordable payment plans that are available to those who qualify. Contact an Advisor Today!

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