The EMS Program at Blinn College is an accredited Program as recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
"The Emergency Medical Services Program of Blinn College is committed to a mission of helping students develop excellence in their professional practice, while responding to community healthcare needs by equipping the students through quality education, with the knowledge and technical skills necessary to become competent entry-level EMS Providers"
"The EMS Program is committed to keeping the mission of Blinn College to serve the educational needs of the people of the Blinn College service area with a strong commitment to excellence and in alliance with the Allied Health Division goals. With the shortage of Paramedics at both the state and national level, the Blinn College EMS Program is committed to meeting the demand by providing the local community, the state and the nation with highly trained, well prepared EMS providers."
EMS Professions Associate of Applied Science Degree and Paramedic Certificate include knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies under the supervision and direction of a physician. Graduates can expect career opportunities predominantly with transfer and emergency ambulance services. Students completing coursework in these programs are eligible to take the Texas certification or licensing exams and/or the National Registry exam.
Blinn College is a leader among Emergency Medical Services educational institutions. The EMSP program is intended for students who wish to receive a high quality education experience and desire to dedicate themselves to careers in emergency medical services. Blinn College provides the educational and clinical background necessary to become eligible for certification/licensure at the EMT and Paramedic levels.
Paramedics are highly recruited in Texas, with an average of 2,800 openings per year and a growth rate that exceeds the state average. Annual starting salaries for certified EMTs range from $26,000 to $39,000. Paramedic salaries range from $34,000 to $50,000.
Certification/licensure is not automatic; the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) administers all certification examinations upon completion of a DSHS recognized educational program. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) licensure requirements must be met prior to practicing in the State of Texas. Completion of the Blinn College EMSP program does not guarantee eligibility for DSHS/NREMT certification/licensure. Criminal background checks are conducted by DSHS as part of the screening process. Candidates with concerns about their background should contact the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin.
The Blinn College Office of Financial Aid offers various forms of financial assistance. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more details and to apply for financial assistance and scholarship opportunities. The priority filing date for financial aid is April 1, proceeding each fall semester. For more details call 979-209-7230.
The three levels of educational programs offered at Blinn College include an Associate of Applied Science degree, a Paramedic Certificate, and an EMT Marketable Skills Achievement Certificate.