EMT Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate is an entry-level certificate that will train you to provide basic life support and emergency health care in settings such as an ambulance agencies, hospitals and fire departments.

Working as part of an emergency health care team as an EMT is a rewarding, fast-paced career that can truly make a difference in a person’s life during their time of greatest ​need.

The EMT certificate includes classroom and laboratory instruction, emergency ambulance experience and hospital rotations with an emphasis on emergency department experience.

The program includes instruction in basic life support, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automatic external defibrillator use, patient physical assessment, bandaging and splinting, traction splinting, spinal immobilization, airway management, medication administration, oxygen therapy and other noninvasive procedures.

Steps To Enroll

Enrollment in the EMT program is restricted. To register, contact Ms. Carole Sakach.

You must submit copies of the following documents to register (can be emailed as PDF files):

  • State-issued photo ID or driver's license
  • Verification of medical insurance
  • BLS-CPR current course completion from American Heart Association
  • Physical (simple school​ sports type OK, no specific form or format needed) done within 6 months of program start
  • Immunization records are reviewed by Program staff. Upon approval, students will submit records to SurScan.​

If you are using financial aid to pay for the EMT program, your aid must be awarded and accessible before the first day of class. Please contact the Financial Aid Office with further questions.

Class Schedules

We offer EMT classes year-round, so please review our class schedule to find a training class that works for you. Dallas College offers several course formats to help meet the needs of all of our students (availability of formats varies):

  • Face to face
  • Days
  • Evenings
  • Hybrid​

EMT classes are offered in cohorts, where a group of students go through the entire program together. Once students choose a cohort, they will continue with that cohort and in that format for the remainder of the program.

Cost of Training

Prices are subject to change and are approximations.

  • BLS for Health Care Provider CPR card from American Heart Association (You can find this course as EMSP 1019.)
  • EMSP 1501 (EMT course): $400 ($80 per credit hour, in county)
  • EMSP 1164 (EMT clinical course): $80
  • Textbooks included with tuition
  • Supplies included with tuition​: stethoscope, trauma shears, blood pressure cuff, pen light
  • Uniform shirt: $22-$26
  • SurScan account: $15 for document tracking (background and drug screening are separate)
  • Drug screening: $42 via SurScan
  • Criminal background check: $45 via SurScan

Before clinical and when you complete the course, you will be responsible for the following expenses to receive your EMT certification:

  • Fingerprinting (approximate cost): $50
  • Texas criminal background check: $45
    • The SurScan background check is only for program use. The State of Texas uses their own system for background checks.
  • State fee (payable to Texas Department of State Health Services): $64
  • NREMT exam (payable to National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians): $80
  • TB test — chest X-ray (if skin test is positive)

Immunizations may vary by clinic and vaccination​​s needed.

EMS Program Immunization Requirements

By law in Texas (Texas Education Code, § 51.9192, Subchapter Z), all students under the age of 22 attending classes at Texas institutions of higher education must present proof of immunization for bacterial meningitis or present the appropriate exemption.