Emergency Medical Services Overview
The EMT-Basic course is a one-semester program that prepares students for certification by the National Registry of EMT and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The EMT-Basic course is a 7-credit-hour course. The student is required to co-enroll in EMSP 1501 and EMSP 1260. The EMT Basic class is an open-enrollment course; however, the student is required to meet EMT-B testing requirements in reading, writing, and math portions of the college entrance exams (refer to prerequisites for EMT-Basic). The EMT-Basic course is offered on the Bryan Campus during the Fall and Spring semesters, and a 10-week session is offered during the summer. Space is limited and classes tend to fill up quickly.
EMSP 1501 is the lecture portion of the class which prepared the student for the didactic portion of the class. EMSP 1501 also includes a lab component that meets one day a week and prepares the student for the psychomotor portion, hands on, of the course. EMSP 1260 is the clinical portion of the course, this class meets one time a week and prepares the student for the clinical rotations required to complete the EMT-Basic training. The clinical rotations are done outside of class time and are completed evenings, weekends or other times the student is not in class. The clinical rotations are designed for the student to gain the hands on, practical knowledge while working with patients in the clinical setting. The students are required to participate in 108 clinical hours in the following area:
60 EMS hours - The student is required to ride third on the ambulance while under the supervision of a clinical preceptor. The student is required to have hands on participation in a minimum of 5 Basic Life Support (BLS) transports to a higher level of care.
32 Emergency Department hours - The student is required to work in the Emergency Department under the supervision of the ER staff. The student is required to encounter a certain number of patients with various illness/injuries in a variety of age categories while performing skills at the EMT-Basic level.
16 Labor & Delivery hours - The student is required to work in the Labor & Delivery Department under the supervision of the L&D staff. The student is required to witness one live birth via C-section or vaginal delivery.
Students are required to maintain 80% or higher average within the course in order to be eligible for clinical rotations. In addition the student must achieve 80% or higher on the comprehensive final exam in order to be eligible for the certification exam.
Students are required to wear an EMS style uniform to class and maintain a professional attitude and appearance. Although only 7 credit hours, the EMT-Basic course is a time intensive course due to the clinical rotation requirements.