Are you ready to start a career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS)? The initial certification EMT-Basic program may be your answer. Based on the National Standard Curriculum core competencies, this course meets or exceeds minimum hours and content established by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
The course includes 144 hours of classroom lectures and hands-on skills, with 112 hours of field/clinical internship experiences.
Students successfully completing the didactic and clinical components of this program will be eligible to receive a course completion certificate and sit for the National Registry Cognitive Exam.
This course is also offered during the day as EMS115.
Please note: Background checks are required for clinical and field rotations. Certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services or other certifying entity is independent of the TEEX EMS program and its training.
All classes are pending approval from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course Completion Requirements
- At least 17 years of age (must be 18 to become certified)
- Valid driver's license
- High school diploma or GED
- Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR card
- Negative tuberculosis (TB) test within six months of the class start date
- Have proof of two measles - mumps - rubella (MMR) vaccinations
- TDAP (proof of vaccination within last 10 years)
- Be in the process of completing (or have completed) the hepatitis-B vaccination three-shot series
- Varicella (chicken pox), proof of two vaccinations at any time of proof of disease
- Current flu vaccination
- Current criminal history background check covering the last seven years
- Proof of health insurance coverage
- Required to submit to a drug screening
You will be required to purchase the student textbook. This class will be using Brady: Prehospital Emergency Care 11th edition, by Joseph Mistovich, available as a package from the publisher (ISBN: 9780134752327). You will need to enter the promo code provided you by the EMS program for a discounted rate.
- Sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff)
- Pocket mask with a one-way valve
These are available at most medical supply stores. Classroom Uniforms
All EMS students attending a TEEX EMS Program course at any level will be required to purchase and wear uniforms, which consist of:
- a light blue Class B uniform shirt
- navy blue uniform-style pants
- closed-toe black polishable boots or shoes (non-tennis type)
You can also purchase as many T-shirts as you would like to be worn under the Class B Uniform shirt; these can be worn during skills practice. These items can be purchased from Barker Productions online at www.barkerproductions.com or by visiting the gift shop in building 11 of the Brayton Fire Training Field.
Clinical shirts and ID's will be provided to you and are part of your course fees.
TopicsPatient assessment+Hazardous Materials (HazMat)+Basic pharmacology+Trauma/Shock+Medical emergencies+Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
Any individual wanting to pursue a certification as an EMT-Basic
Continuing Education and Professional CreditsTexas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)+ACE+CE through Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
The class meets three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m..
A total of 256 hours are divided into:
- 144 didactic/lecture
- 64 hospital clinical
- 48 ambulance internship
The hospital and ambulance rotations are completed after the classroom portion of the class. You will have up to three months after the last day of class to complete all class, clinical, and hospital requirements.
The TEEX EMT-Basic programs have been approved for Semester Credit Hours through the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE recommends, in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Health Science, Allied Health, Emergency Medical Care, or Fire Science.
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