Requirements for EMTB
EMT-Basic training at LSC-Kingwood is offered as a satellite location of the LSC-North Harris EMS Professions program. EMT-Basic training consists of two courses: EMSP 1501 (classroom) and EMSP 1160 (clinical). No program application is necessary for the EMT-Basic courses; the student only needs to gain admission to the college, meet the course prerequisites, and register for the classes.
Upon successful completion of both EMSP 1501 and EMSP 1160, the student will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination conducted by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). State certification requirements of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) include being at least 18 years old, obtaining a high school diploma or GED, and clearing a FBI background check. Pre-requisites include general admission requirements for Lone Star College System, ENGL 0304 and 0306 or higher level course (ENGL 1301) or placement by testing, and MATH 0306 or placement by testing.
Student must register for the following courses each semester:
- EMSP 1501 - Kingwood section
- EMSP 1160 - 11001 (North Harris section with a late start during the 4th week)
- INSL xxxx (Linked to the North Harris EMSP 1160 section) - The INSL section collects a student fee for student malpractice insurance.
Dr. Bill Drees
Ms. Jennifer Briggs
EMSP 1160 has a mandatory orientation each semester at the LSC-North Harris campus. The location and date is printed on the student’s receipt and is also contained in the published LSCS Credit Schedule. This orientation is held during the first week of every semester. The students will be reminded of this in their EMSP 1501 course.
- Proof of immunizations must be provided to the program before the start of EMSP 1160 (4th week). This is discussed at the mandatory orientation for EMSP 1160.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDaP): Must be within the past 10 years. A TD (Tetanus and Diphtheria) only shot is not acceptable.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR): Student must show proof of two immunizations for measles, mumps, and rubella. Physician diagnosis of disease or positive serologic study for measles, mumps, and rubella antibodies will suffice. Students who submit proof of date of birth prior to 1/1/57 are required to provide only 1 MMR immunization record.
- Hepatitis B: The Hepatitis B series must be completed. This series consists of three shots and takes 2 to 6 months to complete. Positive serologic study for Hepatitis B (titer) antibodies will suffice.
- Varicella (Chicken pox): Two doses are required for adults without history of illness - or a laboratory report of immune serum antibody titer.
- Tuberculin Skin Test (PPD): Must be within the past 6 months and renewed annually. If positive, students must submit chest X-ray interpretation and signed note from the physician stating that the student is eligible for clinical practice and free of disease at this time.
Required American Heart Association CPR card
This is discussed at the mandatory orientation for EMSP 1160.
Proof of successful completion of the AHA CPR for Health Care Providers course must be provided to the program before the start of EMSP 1160 (4th week).
A criminal background check through a college approved vendor is required prior to beginning clinical rotations. Information on how to obtain an approved background check will be provided during the mandatory orientation for EMSP 1160. Clinical facilities determine what constitutes an unacceptable background check.
Clinical affiliates will not accept any Felony, Class A misdemeanor, or health care fraud item. Class B misdemeanors will be acceptable if they are more than 5 years old.
The student is responsible for working with the background check company to clear up any reporting discrepancies. Students cannot begin or continue their studies until the background check process is satisfactorily completed. Students are responsible for completing the background application process, paying all fees and ensuring that a copy is submitted to the clinical coordinator.
Random Drug Screening
Drug testing may be required by our clinical affiliates. If a drug test is required, it will be done by an approved college vendor at the cost of the student.
|Program Costs (approximate)|
|Tuition & Fees for 6 SCH||$350|
|Immunizations||Check with your personal health care provider|
|Certification Costs (approximate)|
|NREMT Testing Fee||$70 each attempt|
|Texas Background Check||$44.20|
|Texas Certification Fee||$64|
What if I haven’t had these immunizations?
Simply put, these immunization requirements are governed by the State of Texas and our clinical affiliates. LSCS cannot change these requirements. You do have some options: Speak to your health care provider about titer tests. A titer requires that blood be drawn and tested for immunity. If your blood tests as immune, then you can submit the lab test report. You can also ask your provider about an accelerated series. Some providers will offer the Hep B series, for example, at closer intervals. That is their decision and as your provider they are able to make recommendations to you based on your health care status. As your faculty, we cannot make those recommendations.
Will you hold a spot for me in clinical?
No. The clinical sites require that we submit all students’ immunization status, and in some case their immunization records, by a specific date in the semester. No students are allowed to attend clinical until all reports have been submitted.
What should I do then?
If you cannot meet the deadline for immunizations, CPR card, or background check, you should wait until the next semester to register for EMT-Basic training.
I have a background check from my fire service, job or somewhere else. Can I use it?
No, the clinical sites have specific things that your background is to be checked for including Medicare/Medicaid fraud. You must use a LSCS approved vendor.
I have a positive background check, what should I do?
Get the background check done and submit it to the clinical coordinator as soon as possible. The clinical coordinator is Jennifer Briggs, LSC-North Harris, 281-765-7944.
Why can’t I use the CPR card I already have?
We only accept American Heart Association for the Health Care Provider. If you are a fire fighter and have Red Cross, we will accept CPR for the Professional Rescuer. If you do not already have Red Cross, please get American Heart Association for the Health Care Provider. We will not accept any other card/company/service.