2023-2024 General Catalog 
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2023-2024 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Services, AAS

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Offered at the SPC Reese Center

This program is designed to prepare students for a career in Emergency Medical Services. The multiple-entry/multiple-exit program prepares students for all levels of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. Additionally, the program can assist students in preparation for an Allied Health Baccalaureate degree or for career advancement and mobility in related health care occupations.

Students completing EMSP 1401 and EMSP 1160 may apply for EMT-Basic certification. Students completing all certificate course requirements are eligible to apply for certification, by examination, from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, prior to Texas Department of State Health Services certification to practice in the State of Texas.  Students completing the first certificate may apply for Advanced EMT certification. Students completing the second certificate may apply for EMT-Paramedic certification. Students completing additional technical and general education courses will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services which broadens their educational and career opportunities. To qualify for the Associate of Applied Science degree, the student must complete a Capstone Experience during the final semester of the program.


The South Plains College EMS Program follows the guidelines established by the Texas Department of State Health Services EMS Division and the Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, CAAHEP (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, CoAEMSP (www.coaemsp.org).

Contact information for CAAHEP:


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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs         
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
website: www.CAAHEP.org

Contact information for CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Phone: 214-703-8445
website: www.CoAEMSP.org

Program advisor is Jerry Findley, EMS Program Director and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medical Services.

Program Admission Requirements

Persons interested in the Emergency Medical Services program must complete the following entrance requirements:

  1. Complete the requirements for admission to SPC. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the EMS program.
  2. Be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate or hold a GED diploma.
  3. Complete an application form for admission to the program.
  4. Applicants must have completed an American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers Course during the previous two years, and maintain this credential throughout enrollment.
  5. Must provide evidence of immunizations prior to registration.
  6. Must be TSI compliant in all areas.

This curriculum prepares students to be competent entry level EMT-Paramedics. Upon completion of this curriculum, students possess the knowledge, skills and personal attitudes and behaviors necessary for practice as an entry-level EMT-Paramedic. Students completing the prescribed curriculum will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Articulation Agreement

An articulation agreement has been established with TTUHSC to offer a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a specialization in Emergency Medical Services.

Students may transfer up to 90 hours of approved community college credit into the program (42 hours required Common Core credits and 48 hours of approved Technical Credits) and complete the remaining 30 credits through TTUHSC. Applications are accepted every semester. All BSHS courses are offered on-line and are structured on the Fall, Spring and Summer semester system.

Unconditional Admission: Students who have an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in an Allied Health discipline, an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and have completed the common core curriculum requirement for a Baccalaureate degree, have their certification / licensure /registration in their professional field, can apply for unconditional admission to the BSHS program.

Common Core Requirements:

English 6 hours
History 6 hours
Math 3 hours
Political Science 6 hours
Humanities 3 hours
Natural Science 6 hours
Social Science 6 hours
Visual and Performing Arts 3 hours
Common Core Elective 3 hours


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Total Semester Hours: 12

Prior to enrollment in Advanced EMT, students must be nationally registered at the EMT-Basic level or EMT certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Total Semester Hours: 12

Prior to enrollment in Paramedic courses, SPC EMS students must successfully complete all Advanced EMT didactic courses and hospital clinical rotations.  Non-SPC EMS students must show proof of National Registry Advanced EMT certification or EMT-I certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Total Semester Hours: 12

Total Semester Hours: 12

Prior to enrollment in EMSP 2243 and EMSP 2268, students must successfully complete EMSP 2444, 2434, 2338, 2330 and 2260.

Total Semester Hours: 12


*Although not a requirement, students are strongly encouraged to take EDUC 1100 in the first semester of enrollment.
**CTE courses that may be articulated with high school.
***Consult faculty advisor for proper choice of course.

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