The Amarillo College EMT and Paramedic Training program offers students the necessary courses for certification at the highest level of paramedic.
Amarillo College is located in Amarillo, Texas and offers six campuses in three counties in the state. The college is a public community college and services the west Texas area. The administrative offices for the college are located at the main campus office on Washington Street in Amarillo. The EMSP (paramedic) program conducts classes both on and off the Amarillo College West Campus.
The college offers both a certificate and associate degree paramedic training program for students interested in a career as an EMT or paramedic. Basic courses are all open admission and the advanced courses for the degree are closed to only those accepted into the program. Currently, the program graduates between 10 and 20 paramedics per academic year.
The paramedic training associate degree program will take approximately two years to complete and consists of 67 total credit hours. The certificate program is 55 semester hours. Students are expected to receive a grade of a C or better in each of the courses in order to successfully earn their certificate or degree. Both courses meet all of the academic, clinical, and field requirements for students to sit for the National Registry Examination and become certified as a paramedic in the state of Texas.
Admission into the basic EMT training courses will call for a student meet all of the general admission requirements for the college. Immunization records must be on file before a student can begin any clinical rotations, as well as a criminal background check. Students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.
To be admitted into the advanced paramedic courses of the program a student must have current certification as an EMT basic and maintain this certification throughout their coursework. The following must be on file with the college before acceptance into the advanced courses: completed EMSP Program packet, high school and college transcripts, high school and college honor documents, liability waiver release form, proof of immunizations, documentation stating you have received the information about admission. Applicants must complete the THEA and pass it. An interview with an EMSP staff member is required prior to admission as well as the required admission points to be placed in the class.
Beginning the Fall 2012 semester, there will be new curriculum changes that will go into effect. Review the paramedic training program’s “Advanced Program Application” to review these changes. EMSP-1501 (EMT-Basic) students, in particular, should take careful notice of the changes. The school tells, “Please feel free to call one of the program faculty members if you have any questions.”
The program director is Doug Adcock. He can be reached by phone at (806) 354-6077
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. His office is located at the west campus.