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Emergency Medical Services Professions Paramedic Certificate

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LSC-CyFair offers this certificate in an accelerated schedule. Following completion of the prerequisite semester, students can complete all courses necessary to earn the Intermediate Certificate within one semester. Contact the faculty for more information.

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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 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.

EMSP Paramedic Certificate 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 Accreditation

The Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).



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


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.


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

Second Year

First Semester Courses 4 Credits
EMSP 2444 Cardiology 4
Second Semester Courses 8 Credits
EMSP 2160 Clinical - Paramedic III 1
EMSP 2330 Special Populations 3
EMSP 2434 Medical Emergencies 4
Third Semester Courses 4 Credits
EMSP 2143 Assessment Based Management1 1
EMSP 2361 Clinical - EMS 3
Emergency Medical Services Professions Paramedic Certificate Program Total 39 Credits


  1. Capstone course

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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."


  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.


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 $792 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.