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EMT Training in Dallas with Course Descriptions

The Dallas area has several schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) programs. To make an informed education decision, learn about the training options, admission info and program requirements at three colleges located within about 30 miles of downtown.

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Dallas EMT Schools

Those looking for EMT training in the Dallas area have several school options in neighboring cities. Read about the coursework and field experiences available to EMT students at three colleges. This article also includes a table of school statistics for comparison and information on a fourth training option in the area.

  • Brookhaven College, located in Farmers Branch about 13 miles from downtown Dallas, offers an EMT-Basic certificate program.
  • At Collin County Community College District in McKinney, students can gain EMT training through the college's emergency medical services professions program. The campus is roughly 30 miles from central Dallas.
  • Students can also find an EMT certificate program at Fort Worth's Tarrant County College, which is situated around 32 miles from downtown Dallas.

Brookhaven College

Students must have American Heart Association CPR certification and meet the program's math, reading and writing standards to enroll in this program. A criminal background check and drug screening are required before beginning some of the core classes.

EMT - Basic Certificate

This program is delivered through classroom instruction, lab practice and supervised field experiences. Students are encouraged to choose either American Sign Language or Spanish as one of their elective choices. Successful completion of the program qualifies individuals to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) basic exam.

Colin County Community College

To participate in this program, prospective students must pass a criminal background check and drug screening, have a high school diploma or GED, have approved CPR certification, be at least 18 years old and meet immunization standards. A personal interview is also required for admission.

Marketable Skills Achievement Award - Emergency Medical Services Professions

There are three classes in this 10-credit hour, entry-level program. An EMT-Basic class provides students with the information needed for basic life support in pre-hospital care situations. This is followed by a field experience in which students begin using the skills they've learned in the classroom in a supervised, practical setting. A course in anatomy and physiology for medical assistants is also required.

Tarrant County College

To be accepted into this program, students must pass a criminal background check and drug screening, be at least 18, show proof of current immunizations and meet the school's math, reading and writing standards. They must also attend two orientation sessions once they're enrolled and before the actual program begins.

EMT Certificate

Students only need to take two classes to complete this program. The EMT-Basic course combines lectures and lab lessons to offer students the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for an EMT career. A clinical course then allows students to apply the skills they've learned in the classroom in a supervised work-based field experience.

Comparison of Schools

To help you narrow down your school options in the Dallas area further, compare the profiled colleges using this table. There's info on student enrollment, costs, school settings, graduation figures and more.

Brookhaven College Collin County Community College District Tarrant County College District
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011) 13,705* 27,593* 50,062*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2011-2012) $1,350 in-district, $2,490 in-state, $3,960 out-of-state* $1,024 in-district, $2,044 in-state, $3,694 out-of-state* $1,224 in-district, $1,776 in-state, $3,984 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2010-2011) 46%* 38%* 66%*
Acceptance Rate Open Admissions* Open Admissions*Open Admissions*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 58% full-time* 57% full-time* 55% full-time*
Graduation Rate 7% for students beginning in 2008* 10% for students beginning in 2008* 9% for students beginning in 2010*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

Other School Options

While El Centro College in Dallas does not have an entry-level EMT program, it does offer a paramedic certificate program for current EMTs. This program is offered in conjunction with the UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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