EMT Training in San Antonio with School Overviews

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) courses in San Antonio, which currently has a couple of schools offering programs. Read an overview of programs, admission information and requirements for two San Antonio schools, neither more than 10 miles from downtown, and decide which is right for you.

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San Antonio Schools Offering EMT Training

Two schools within a 20-munite drive of downtown San Antonio offer EMT training through certificate and degree programs. This article looks at those schools and the training programs they can provide. Information such as tuition, enrollment, graduation rates and school type is listed in a table that prospective students can refer to as they ponder their school choices.

  • San Antonio College is only two miles from the heart of downtown San Antonio. It offers several certificate options for aspiring EMTs along with an associate's degree program for EMTs and paramedics.
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has a bachelor's degree program in emergency health sciences as well as programs for EMTs and paramedics. This school is nearly 10 miles from San Antonio's downtown area.

San Antonio College

Junior and senior students in high school can pursue a dual credit option, which allows them to earn college credit and high school credit simultaneously.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Marketable Skills Certificate

It is recommended that students pursue this certificate program over two semesters. In the first semester, students are expected to take a class on interpersonal communication, while in the second semester, students complete their EMT courses. In total, this program only takes 10 credit hours to complete.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Level I Certificate

Students can complete the basic level I certificate for emergency medical technicians in only 16 credit hours. It is recommended that students take classes on composition and interpersonal communication in the first semester. From there, students can pursue coursework in medical terminology and emergency medical technology.

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Level I Certificate

By the end of the certificate program, students are expected to have taken at least 42 credit hours. This requirement is normally met over four semesters. The first two semesters are similar to the EMT Basic certificate program offered at this school. After that, students start studying issues like emergency medical services (EMS) operations, trauma management, cardiology and medical emergencies.

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science

This program is similar to the paramedic certificate program. Many of the major courses are similar, and both take four semesters to complete. However, the difference is that students must also complete general education courses in the degree program.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Students who complete any of the programs presented below qualify to take the corresponding certification examination.

EMT Basic Program

This basic program requires only six credit hours to complete. In addition to the EMT basic course, there is also a clinical class associated with it. The program is typically offered during summer and spring semesters. Students attend classes from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, three times a week. Finally, students must also complete 45 clinical hours.

Paramedic Program

The paramedic program at this school normally takes two semesters to complete. The entire length of the program is 33 credit hours. Students can expect to take the following courses as part of this program's curriculum: airway management and patient assessment, cardiology, emergency pharmacology, trauma management, EMS operations, medical emergencies, assessment-based management and special populations.

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Sciences

Students who have completed the paramedic program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio can pursue this bachelor's degree in an online format. The program itself takes about 124 semester credit hours to finish. Many students can work with the program director to personalize the curriculum. However, students are expected to take some of the following class topics: human diseases, EMS professional orientation, legal foundations, current research in emergency health sciences, pathophysiology for EMS, physical examination, medical history and electrocardiology.

Comparison of Schools

Students need a variety of information as they make a decision on what school to attend. This table puts the facts together in a way that makes comparison simple.

San Antonio College University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
School Type Community college; public University; public
Total Enrollment (2011) 25,567* 3,234*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $1,952 for in-district; $3,632 for in-state; $6,992 for out-of-state* $6,944 for in-state; $17,273 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2010-2011) 64%* N/A
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) N/A - Open admissions 25%*
Retention Rate (students who began in 2010 and returned in 2011) 57% for full-time; 42% for part-time* N/A
Graduation Rate (students who began in 2008) 5%* N/A

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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