2015 - 2016 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Emergency Medical Services
Degree Plan: Credential for Critical Care Professionals Enhanced Skills Certificate

(Enhanced Skills Certificate)

Brookhaven only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.


This award combines classroom teaching with supervised clinical and field experience for medical professionals seeking certification as a Paramedic with the Texas Department of State Health Services. The student will be introduced to patient assessment, airway, medical, pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, and trauma management from a pre-hospital care perspective along with the psychomotor skills to support these activities.

An associate's degree or higher in the health care discipline is required. Students must:

  • Fulfill all requirements for admission to both the college and the EMS Program.
  • Submit a completed admission application packet to the EMS program office at Brookhaven on or before the enrollment period deadline. Information appointments are available to further discuss the application process and required documentation for the program.
  • Provide proof of immunizations.
  • Purchase professional liability insurance unless provided by employer with a letter on file. Students cannot attend clinical without Professional liability insurance that is valid throughout the course.
  • Have a current valid professional license as a physician, physician assistant, nurse, or respiratory therapist AND a minimum of 24 months of patient care in an emergency department or critical care unit within the past five years.

Student must have:

  • A current valid certificate of completion of an Emergency Care and Safety Institute, American Red Cross, or American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support (CPR) for Professional Rescuers/Healthcare Providers course.
  • A current valid certificate of completion of an American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support course (ACLS).

Upon successful completion of the first 48 contact hours section of the program, students are eligible to take the National Registry of EMT exam for the EMT basic level. Documentation of successful completion must be submitted prior to advanced-level clinical assignments (EMSP 2463).

Those who are successful continue their course work for the award at the paramedic level. Completers are then eligible to take the exam for registration as a Paramedic through the National Registry of EMT. Upon successful completion of that examination, the student is eligible to apply for certification as a Paramedic in the State of Texas.

Students must test, and earn, the EMT-Basic NREMT registration, or DSHS certification, during this course, AND prior to beginning the advanced clinical assignments (EMSP 2463). Students will attend two 24-hour ambulance basic-level internships; AND, when eligible, eight to ten, 24-hour MICU-ambulance advanced-level internships. Uniforms are required for clinical and internship sessions.

Those who are Texas certified EMT's and enrolled in this program are also eligible for credit for EMSP 1501 and EMSP 1160 via credit-by-exam.



EMSP 2553 Emergency Medical Services Certification for Health Care Professionals 5
EMSP 2237 Emergency Procedures 2
EMSP 2463 Clinical-Emergency Medical Technology/Technician(EMT Paramedic) 4
Minimum Hours Required 11

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