LP Research Resources December 8, 2016

TSTC West Texas Paramedic Training Program

TSTC West Texas has two different campus locations which offer the paramedic certificate and associate’s degree programs. These campuses are located in Abilene and Brownwood. Abilene is a centrally located campus, just west of the Fort Worth/Dallas area. The Brownwood campus is just southeast of the Abilene campus.

The TSTC West Texas Emergency Medical Technology program holds a national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). A student holding this certification can assure a potential employer that he/she has received the highest level of education for these studies.

Program Schedule

The TSTC EMT program consists of 3 semesters (one year) of course work. TSTC West Texas offers both an associate’s degree program and a certificate program for individuals that are interested in becoming a paramedic in Texas. The certificate course has a total of 43 credit hours and consists of four semesters (16 months); students begin in the fall and work straight through the fall semester of the following year. The associate degree program has a total of 65 credit hours required and takes two full years to complete, consisting of five semesters.

For in-state residents each individual semester credit costs $82 per semester credit hour for academic courses and $97 per semester credit hour for technical courses for residents in state and $254 per semester credit hour for technical courses in premium programs.
Out-of-state residents pay $254 per semester credit hour for all courses.

Clinicals are required and may be completed at several locations, including these participants:

Courses include:

  • Emergency Procedures
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Trauma Management
  • Patient Assessment and Airway Management
  • Professional Development

Program Prerequisites

In order to enroll in the paramedic program students must complete a college application and be accepted into the school. An application can be found online (see school information below). Prospective students must have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years old. If you are currently enrolled in high school, you may qualify for early admission or concurrent enrollment through TSTC’s College Connections-Dual Credit program. Ask your school counselor and/or contact the College Connections-Dual Credit Office at TSTC West Texas for more information. Paramedic students will be required to show proof of EMT basic certification, have current CPR certification at the health care provider level and have records that all their immunizations are current. Before completing the clinical portion of the degree, students will be required to submit to a background check and a drug screening.

Contact Information

For more information about the program you can contact the following program instructors,
Andy Weaver: (325) 734-3649 / email: aweaver@tstc.edu
Ronnie Pitts: 325-734-3663 / email: ronnie.pitts@tstc.edu

300 Homer K. Taylor Drive
Sweetwater, Texas 79556
Phone: (325) 235-7300
Admissions & Records: (325) 235-7435