What EMS programs are offered at Lone Star College-Montgomery?
There are four levels of Emergency Medical Services programs offered at LSC-Montgomery:
- Associate of Applied Science Degree
- Paramedic Certificate
- Advanced EMT Certificate
- EMT Course
Students wishing to enter the field of Emergency Medical Services begin by taking EMT courses. The two courses (lecture and clinical) are taken in the same semester. The EMT courses include the training and skills necessary to recognize, assess, and manage emergencies under the supervision and direction of a physician. As part of the training, students spend time with instructors in the hospital and on an ambulance. At the end of one semester, successful students are eligible to apply to the Texas Department of State Health Services for certification as an EMT after they have passed the credentialing exam through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
Once a student has completed their EMT, they are eligible to apply for advanced coursework. The Paramedic program is four semesters long and begins in June each year. Applicants for the program are accepted March 1st to April 15st each year. At the end of the second semester, successful students are eligible to apply to the Texas Department of State Health Services for certification as an Intermediate-EMT after they have passed the Advanced EMT credentialing exam through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
The application deadline for the Paramedic program is April 15, 2016 for a June start date.
LSC-Montgomery offers advanced coursework in a hybrid model which features WebEx technology. This technology allows the student to participate in classroom experiences live, from home or work. Students attend on-campus labs either weekly or bi-monthly for intensive hands on experiences which support lecture and clinical learning. The schedule for labs is available when the application packet is submitted.
Certification/licensure is not automatic. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and/or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) administer all certification examinations upon completion of a DSHS recognized educational program. Completion of the LSC-Montgomery EMSP program does not guarantee eligibility for DSHS/NREMT certification/licensure. Criminal background checks are conducted by DSHS as part of the screening process. Candidates with concerns about their background should contact the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin, Texas.
The 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 eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.
To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088 214-703-8445 FAX 214-703-8992 www.coaemsp.org