EMT and Paramedic Programs Overview

​​​​​EMT and Paramedic Programs — Emergency Medical Services

There are two levels common in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) jobs: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic. Dallas College offers both EMT and Paramedic certification education.

EMT is the most common certification and is a starting point for a rewarding career in the health care field. The EMT training at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley or Richland will teach you to provide basic life support and emergency health care in settings such as ambulance agencies, hospitals and fire departments.

Becoming a Paramedic requires that you have a current EMT certification and successfully complete EMSP 2471, an anatomy and physiology course. The Paramedic program, offered at Cedar Valley or Brookhaven, is a 34-credit-hour program that prepares you to provide advanced health care to patients. Students can also complete the AAS-Paramedic degree plan. We offer Paramedic classes year-round in full-time, shift-based and hybrid formats.

Review the EMT and Paramedic class schedules to find a training class that works for you.

EMT and Paramedic Certifications

Occupational Risks

Provision of emergency medical services poses inherent occupational risks for EMS responders. Risks include the following:

  1. Violence/assaults
  2. Verbal threats/aggression
  3. Motor vehicle crashes
  4. Infectious disease
  5. Lifting injuries
  6. Sprains and strains
  7. Psychological trauma
  8. Hazardous chemical exposure
  9. Hyper/hypothermia


The EMT certification program requires 272 training hours that consist of hospital rotations, classroom instruction, lab practice and internships​ in an ambulance. After the training, successful candidates must take a national exam called the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. We offer training classes year-round, so review our class schedule to find a training class that works for you.


View Paramedic Functional Job Analysis (NHTSA.gov)

The goal of the Paramedic program is to prepare paramedics who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Graduates will complete requirements for Texas Department of State Health Services Paramedic certification, which includes eligibility for the National Registry of EMTs exam. Over the last several years we have trained hundreds of students.

The Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8992 (fax)

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Anatomy and Physiology (A&P)

Concurrent with each Paramedic Cohort, students must take EMSP 2471. This is the ONLY approved anatomy and physiology course for the Paramedic program.