Emergency Medical Services Professions AAS

The Emergency Medical Services Professions AAS degree (AAS_EMST) is offered at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Montgomery and North Harris and has additional entrance requirements. For more information, please contact the Emergency Medical Services Department.

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Program Description

The emergency medical services professions associate of applied science degree includes knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies under the supervision and direction of a physician. Graduates can expect career opportunities predominantly with transfer and emergency ambulance services.

Students completing course work in this program are eligible to take National Registry exams. Advanced placement is available for EMT’s, EMT-I’s and paramedics who are currently certified in the State of Texas and who enter the EMS professions program having taken approved EMS training courses for which college credit was not given. Contact the EMSP program director for additional information concerning advanced placement questions.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

Selection Criteria For EMS Programs

There are different admission deadlines for the EMS programs at each campus. Please contact the program director for campus specific admission deadlines. The number of students is limited by spaces available for clinical experience in affiliated hospitals and EMS provider organizations. Competitive selection of students may be necessary if the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available.

General Admission Criteria

  1. Students must meet the basic requirements for admission to the Lone Star College (LSC) and apply to LSC.
  2. Admission to LSC does not constitute automatic acceptance into the EMSP program.
  3. Admission to the EMSP program does not guarantee eligibility for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians or certification by Texas Department of State Health Services. • Criminal background checks are part of the screening process conducted by the Texas Department of State Health Services. As a result, some candidates may be ineligible for certification.
    • Candidates with concerns about their background check should contact the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin with their specific concerns. LSC personnel are unable to make any determinations as to a potential candidate’s eligibility for certification.
  4. Clinical facilities require students to successfully pass a background check, possibly a drug screen, and additional immunizations not required by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
    • Additional immunizations may be required to satisfy clinical agency requirements. Some of these may include, but are not limited to:
      1. the annual seasonal flu vaccination
      2. pneumococcal (“pneumonia”) vaccine
      3. the H1N1 influenza vaccine
    • Applicants may also show proof of medical insurance as required by clinical agencies. Student medical insurance is available through LSC.
    • Background checks are done through LSC approved background check vendors.
    • Applicants must cover the costs of the background check, drug screen, medical insurance and immunizations.
    • Additional program costs to be assumed by the student include uniforms, malpractice insurance, and skills examination fees.
  5. If at any time during enrollment in any LSC emergency medical services program a student is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, the student must inform the director and clinical coordinator in writing and submit a current background check.

AAS Requirements

  1. Apply for and be admitted to LSC.
  2. Students must make formal application to the EMSP department to pursue course work beyond EMSP 1501/1160.
  3. Applicants who are currently certified at the EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate level or have completed EMSP 1501 (EMT Basic) and EMSP 1160 (EMT-Basic Clinical) but who do not hold EMT-Basic certification may be provisionally accepted.
  4. Students are only accepted for advance coursework in the fall at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Montgomery, and LSC-North Harris. Transfer students should contact the program director for start dates. LSC-CyFair has an accelerated one year program that begins in the fall.
  5. An application portfolio must be submitted according to the deadlines established by the EMSP department of each college program. The following should be included in the portfolio.
    1. Documentation of high school diploma or GED.
    2. Copies of all relevant academic transcripts: high school, college or university, military service schools, and other (proprietary schools).
    3. A resume or curriculum vitae showing work history with emphasis on EMS or other health care experience.
    4. Documentation of EMT-Basic certification. Students who currently are enrolled in an EMT-Basic course or who have completed EMT-Basic course work and are engaged in the credentialing process should provide a statement to this effect
    5. Document immunization or laboratory report of immune serum antibody titer against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, mumps, measles, rubella, varicella and Hepatitis B.
    6. Document negative results from a tuberculosis test (Mantoux). If the test is positive a chest x-ray should be performed within the time limit established by the facility. Submit the radiology report with the immunization form. If a positive test was obtained, a screening questionnaire should be completed prior to the second year of the program. Gold Test results will be accepted.
    7. Proof of successful completion of the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers within the previous two years, or an equivalent course approved by the program director.

Program Plan

Prerequisite Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
EMSP 1160 Clinical-EMT 1
EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technician 5

TOTAL Prerequisite Semester Credits:


First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
EMSP 1161 Clinical - Emergency Medical Services Paramedic I 1
EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice 3
EMSP 1356 Patient Assessment and Airway Management 3
EMSP 2306 Emergency Pharmacology 3
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Wellness OR 1
    Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course  

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
EMSP 1162 Paramedic Clinical II 1
EMSP 1355 Trauma Management 3
EMSP 2305 EMS Operations 3
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
EMSP 2444 Cardiology 4
EMSP 2300 Methods of Teaching EMS OR 3
EMSP 2352 EMS Research OR  
EMSP 2359 EMS Supervision/Management  
Elective1   Humanities/Fine Arts 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
EMSP 2160 Clinical - Paramedic III 1
EMSP 2330 Special Populations 3
EMSP 2434 Medical Emergencies 4
PSYC 2301 General Psychology OR 3
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology  

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Third Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
EMSP2 2143 Assessment Based Management 1
EMSP 2361 Clinical - EMS 3

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:


Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for
Emergency Medical Services Professions AAS Degree:


  1. See the catalog for appropriate choices and requirements for the associate of applied science degree
  2. Capstone course