Degree vs Certificate
Emergency medical services personnel are the front line of medicine, providing emergency care in out-of-hospital settings anywhere and everywhere, working in uncontrolled environments, often with little assistance or resources. The multiple-entry/multiple-exit program prepares students for all levels of Emergency Medical Services 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.
The South Plains College EMS Program offers a wide variety of courses designed to train students to provide fast and efficient emergency medical care to the sick and injured, both at the scene and during their subsequent transport to the hospital. The program also works to meet the changing demands of pre-hospital medical professionals. Graduates of our program will have the option to work for ambulance providers, fire departments, emergency departments, air ambulances, helicopter rescue services, and industrial safety programs.
Emergency Medical Technician
EMT-B training is designed to prepare students to provide basic life support measures, as a member of an ambulance crew, at the scene of an accident, during transport to a hospital or medical facility, and in the medical facility. Class work includes the courses required by the Texas Department of State Health Services EMS Division and the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Standards. Course work combines classroom lecture, practical skills laboratory and actual patient clinical experiences.
- Roles and responsibilities of the EMT-B
- Medical, legal, and ethical issues
- Patient assessment techniques
- Basic and advanced airway adjuncts
- Treatment of trauma emergencies
- Treatment of medical emergencies
- Ambulance operations
Advanced EMT and Paramedic
In addition to performing the skills of an EMT-B, paramedics are trained in advanced life support techniques, including, but not limited to: endotracheal intubation, electrocardiogram monitoring and interpretation, administration of intravenous fluids and medications. Class work includes the courses required by the Texas Department of State Health Services EMS Division and the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Standards as well as ACLS, PALS and PHTLS courses. Course work combines classroom lecture, practical skills laboratory and actual patient clinical experiences.
The following is a brief outline of topics covered in the course:
- Roles and responsibilities of the paramedic:
- Medical, legal, and ethical issues
- Advanced patient assessment
- Advanced airway techniques
- Treatment of trauma and medical emergencies
- Electrocardiogram (4 and 12 lead)
- DC electrical counter shock
- External cardiac pacing
- Administration of IV fluids and medications
- Other advanced life support procedures as determined by the medical director
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:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Contact information for CoAEMSP:
4101 W. Green Oaks Blvd. Suite 305-599
Arlington, TX 76016