EMT Program Requirements




For general questions about our programs, requirements, or help with applying, please email us at: EMSInfo@collin.edu.

You may apply at age 17; however, all students must be 18 years old in order to attend clinicals and this is a requirement for all course completions.


The EMT Program is a limited admissions program involving a competitive process, and we cap our classes at 24 students per class.

There are different requirements for civilians and Fire Academy students.  Please read below for details on our process before

submitting an application.


You are entering into a very detailed-oriented profession.

Your attention to detail starts with this process, so please read this page carefully.

Fire Academy EMT classes:  All Fire Academy students are automatically accepted admission and need to complete the application, but are not required to attach documents to the application.


Application Process

Step One: 


Apply and Get Accepted as a Collin Student


You must first apply to and be accepted by Collin College in order to access the EMS Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) application. Go to www.collin.edu and select "APPLY” as a CREDIT student (not Continuing Education). Note: only your collin email and password can be used to open and access the EMT application. (see below for application troubleshooting)


If you are a current Collin College student or have been a student in the past, make sure you are active in the system as a credit student and can register for your class in its designated class semester by contacting the Admissions office.  


Provide the college with all the required documents.  (You will receive an email with a list of required documents for the college after your Collin College application is accepted.)


Make sure you select the box for Occupational Skills Award (OSA) in the Intended Academic Goal section. Then, select Emergency Medical Services Professions (OSA_EMED_HE) for your Major-Certificate.


Meningitis Vaccination Requirement: Texas State Law requires most new students under the age of 22 entering a higher education institution to show proof of having the vaccine 10 days prior to the start of the term. For more information on this requirement, visit www.collin.edu/meningitis.  Note: The meningitis vaccination is required by Collin College as part of admission to the college.


Step Two:


Assessment Testing


You must complete the Accuplacer Exam before completing the EMT application.


Results from the Accuplacer test will be used to make program admissions decisions. Therefore, ALL APPLICANTS, regardless of degrees and/or academic standing, must complete an entrance assessment exam for EMS writing, reading and arithmetic. This test is specifically designed for our EMT Education Program and is not the same as the college entrance exams. You may take this test two times per semester. This test is valid for 12 months for our application purposes. For more information and to take a practice test, visit: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/ or https://practice.accuplacer.org/login The minimum acceptable scores are: AccuPlacer WritePlacer (4); Accuplacer Reading (250) and AccuPlacer Arithmetic (250). 

To sign up for this exam, visit the testing center registration site: https://www.collin.edu/studentresources/testing/availabletesting/emt_fire.html This exam is an in-person exam. NOTE: Fire Academy and DHS sponsored students are exempt from this requirement. * * * Upload ONLY your test results and upload all pages at once.

If you feel you require special accommodations for the Accuplacer entrance exam, please apply to our ACCESS office prior to scheduling your Accuplacer.  You may reach the ACCESS office at: https://www.collin.edu/studentresources/disabilityservices/


TSI Testing: You will not need to take the TSI Assessment if you are only taking our EMT class. You must take the TSI Assessment if you are taking other courses.


Step Three:


Prepare your Personal Statement


This statement gives you an opportunity to indicate your unique qualities and professional goals to be an EMT. This statement must be typed and not to exceed one page and include your name, date and signature.


Step Four:




Be prepared to attach your unofficial transcripts to the EMT application.  Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum of a cumulative/overall 2.0 GPA, no exceptions. Upload all college transcripts. (We do not accept transfer reports from one college to another.) Make certain your transcripts show your GPA or they will not be accepted. FOR NON COLLEGE STUDENTS: Upload a copy of your high school diploma or GED. NOTE: Fire department and DHS sponsored students are exempt from this requirement. 


Step Five:


Basic Life Support


Admitted students into the program will need to provide American Heart Association proof of BLS certification on the first day of class. Additionally, this card must have an expiration date not less than 7 months from the start of your course.  American Red Cross BLS Provider cards will not be accepted.  If you need to attend a class to obtain an American Heart Association BLS Provider card, please follow the link provided to schedule your class.  LINK:  https://www.collin.edu/ce/healthsciences/life-support.html


Step Six:


Complete the EMT Application


Once you have submitted your application, you cannot make changes.  If you did not attach a document, you will need to complete another application.


Applicants will be emailed AFTER the application deadline date with interview information/time.  Fire Academy students are not required to interview. COMMUNICATION WILL BE SENT TO YOUR COLLIN EMAIL ONLY! 


Step Seven:




Interviews are held in-person on the McKinney campus and only on the date specified.  No Exceptions.


Step Eight:


Clinical Requirements


Very Important:  You must be up-to-date on all vaccinations and bring your shot records with you to orientation on the first day.  Make sure you review the requirements under the clinical requirements link. Once accepted into the program, you will receive clinical paperwork to complete and bring with you to orientation.



Application Troubleshooting


Use your collin email and password to access your Collin College Application.

Make sure your OneLogin is activated: OneLogin accountLinks
Student Technical Support: Phone: 972.377.1777 | Email: studenthelpdesk@collin.edu