Blinn College EMS Program to showcase emergency response career opportunities

Information sessions will detail certificate and career opportunities for future emergency medical technicians

EMS Mass Casualty

March 19, 2018

Blinn College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program will introduce prospective students to a world of exciting career opportunities during three upcoming information sessions.

Blinn will host sessions for students looking to become emergency medical technicians (EMTs) Tuesday, March 20; Thursday, April 5; and Friday, April 13. The March 20 and April 5 sessions will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the April 13 session will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Room 3541 of the Health Science Center Clinical Building I, located at 8447 Riverside Parkway (State Highway 47) in Bryan.

These information sessions will provide opportunities for students to learn how they can pursue an EMT-basic certification, and to network with instructors. Program instructors will lead the sessions and answer questions from prospective students.

EMTs care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. They respond to emergency calls, perform medical services, and transport patients to medical facilities. EMTs are trained to respond quickly in emergency situations, as lives often depend on their quick reactions and competent care.

Blinn’s EMT-basic course is a one-semester program that prepares students for certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The seven-credit hour course provides student 16 hours of classroom instruction with a clinical coordinator, 60 hours on an ambulance, 32 hours in an emergency room, and 16 hours in labor and delivery. Students also are required to spend at least four hours participating in community service activities.

Students must maintain an average of 80 percent or higher in the course to begin clinical rotations, and must earn an 80 percent or higher on the comprehensive exam to take the NREMT exam.

Last Fall, Blinn EMT-basic students posted a 100 percent pass rate on the NREMT. The average pass rate for first-time test takers in Texas was 79 percent in 2015.

“We pride ourselves on making certain our students have all the resources they need to be successful,” said Zach Varner, Program Director. “This is our passion. We are dedicated to developing future leaders of EMS, and as long as students are invested in their work, they will be successful in the course.”

To register for an information session or to learn more about the program, visit

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