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Emergency Medical Services Professions Intermediate Certificate

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Overview

Summary

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 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 EMTs, EMT-Is 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.

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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. Clinical facilities require students to successfully pass a background check, a drug screen, and possibly provide proof of additional immunizations including but not limited to:
    1. Annual seasonal flu vaccination
    2. Bacterial Meningitis vaccination
    3. Applicants may also be required to show proof of medical insurance as required by clinical agencies. Student medical insurance is available through LSC.
    4. Background checks are done through LSC approved background check vendors.
    5. Additional program costs to be assumed by the student include but are not limited to: background check, drug screen, medical insurance, immunizations, uniforms, malpractice insurance, transportation to and from clinical sites, and skills examination fees, documentation fees, exam fees, skill testing fee.
  4. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
  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.

Contact

LSC-CyFair

Please contact the Allied Health Staff Assistant at 281.290.5902 or visit the LSC-CyFair EMS Department for more information.

LSC-Montgomery

Please contact the Health Occupations Staff at MC-EMS@LoneStar.edu or call 936.273.7030 for more information.

LSC-North Harris

Please contact Kenya Hicks at Kenya.R.Hicks@LoneStar.edu or call 281.765.7957 for more information.

Program Accreditation

LSC-CyFair

Please visit the LSC-CyFair EMS Department for additional information concerning the LSC-CyFair EMS program including a downloadable application. The LSC-CyFair EMSP Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
http://www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
FAX 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

LSC-Montgomery

Please visit the LSC-Montgomery EMS Department. Lone Star College-Montgomery Paramedic Program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This 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 the eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). It is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

Contact information for CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088
Phone: 214.703.8445
Fax: 214.703.8992 
www.coaemsp.org

LSC-North Harris

Please visit the LSC-North Harris EMS Department for additional information, including a downloadable application for the LSC-North Harris program. The LSC-North Harris EMS Professions Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
http://www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
FAX 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

Prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses 6 Credits
EMSP 1160 Clinical-EMT 1
EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technician 5

First Year

First Semester Courses 10 Credits
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
Second Semester Courses 7 Credits
EMSP 1162 Paramedic Clinical II 1
EMSP 1355 Trauma Management 3
EMSP 2305 EMS Operations 3
Emergency Medical Services Professions Intermediate Certificate Program Total 23 Credits

Footnotes

Note: Students will be prepared to take The National Registry Exam-AEMT after completion of certificate.

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Career Options

Median wage: $33,1661

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Paramedic2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.