Admission to this program is selective. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Emergency Medical Services Program. Registration is by permission only. Information and applications may be obtained from the Program Director, the EMS Office, or the EMS website at .
  • Provide proof of high school graduation or GED
  • 18 years of age
  • Complete program application
  • Complete ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension test (Minimum score 78); Complete ACCUPLACER Arithmetic test (Minimum score 78 ); Complete WritePlacer test (Minimum score 4)
  • Be certified as American Heart Association CPR Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Personal interview
  • Drug test
  • Criminal history check
  • Complete immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services  (TDSHS). One of the required vaccinations, Hepatitis B, consists of a three dose series, which can take up to 7 months to complete. Individuals unable to receive the HBV must inform the Program Director. In such cases, the applicant must sign a declination form. All immunizations must be complete before the first clinical visit.
  • Applicant must be in academic good standing with a 2.0 or higher GPA
 Health Insurance – All Emergency Medical Services students are required to show proof of health insurance prior to starting clinical rotations each semester.
  • Texas Department of State Health Services or National Registry EMT – Basic Certification
  • Take the PSB exam that includes academic aptitude, spelling, reading comprehension, natural science and vocational adjustment
  • Take the AccuPlacer Assessment Test, McKinney campus, for EMS writing, reading and arithmetic
Students who have been involved with the criminal system, please be advised that your background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.
Once a student successfully completes requirements for the National Registry, he or she may become certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services EMS Division. Both levels of certification require periodic and specific recertification hours and activities to continue to practice as an emergency medical technician. 
Regulations governing this program require all applicants to meet specific functional abilities – some are without accommodations – for admission and / or successful completion of the program. The specific functional requirements are found in Functional Abilities / Core Performance Standards documents provided in the program information and application packets. Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodations are encouraged to contact the ACCESS department or Program Director as soon as this program is of interest.