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Additional EMS Program Requirements

Important Notice

Effective Fall 2012 for all Health Occupations Programs, Math placement scores on Compass, ASSET, Accuplacer, and THEA will be valid for three (3) years.

Admission Requirements

  • Background Check
  • Drug Screening as required by clinical affiliates
  • TB Test
  • Physical Exam
  • TSI
  • Bacterial Meningitis immunization
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus 
  • Rubella 
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Diphtheria
  • Valid Photo ID
  • CPR Certification
  • Program Prerequisites
  • Malpractice/Liability Insurance
  • FERPA

Selection Criteria for all Programs

There are different admission deadlines for the EMS programs at each campus. Please contact the program director for campus specific admission deadlines. The number of students is limited by spaces available for clinical experience in affiliated hospitals and EMS provider organizations. Competitive selection of students may be necessary if the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available.

Effective Fall 2012 for all Health Occupations Programs, Math placement scores on Compass, ASSET, Accuplacer, and THEA will be valid for three (3) years.
Reading and writing placement scores on COMPASS, ASSET, Accuplacer, and THEA are vaid for five (5) years.

General information

The emergency medical services professions associate of applied science degree includes knowledge, skills and behaviors 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 course work in this program are eligible to take National Registry exams. Advanced placement is available for EMTís, EMT-Iís and paramedics who are currently certified in the State of Texas and who enter the EMS professions program having taken approved EMS training courses for which college credit was not given. Contact the EMSP program director for additional information concerning advanced placement questions.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.


Programs Offered
EMT (LSC-CyFair; LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris; LSC-Kingwood)
EMSP Intermediate Certificate (LSC-CyFair; LSC-Montgomery; LSC-North Harris)
EMSP Paramedic Certificate (LSC-CyFair; LSC-North Harris)
EMSP AAS degree. (LSC-CyFair; LSC-North Harris)

General Admission Criteria:

  1. Students must meet the basic requirements for admission to Lone Star College System (LSCS) and apply to LSCS.
  2. Admission to LSCS does not constitute automatic acceptance into the EMSP program.
  3. Admission to the EMSP program does not guarantee eligibility for the National Registry of Emergency Medical  Technicians  or certification by Texas Department of State Health Services.  
    • Criminal background checks are part of the screening process conducted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.  As a result, some candidates may be ineligible for certification.  
    • Candidates with concerns about their background check should contact the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin with their specific concerns.  LSCS personnel are unable to make any determinations as to a potential candidateís eligibility for certification.
  4. Clinical facilities require students to successfully pass a background check, possibly a drug  screen, and additional  immunizations not required by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
    • Additional immunizations may be required to satisfy clinical agency requirements.  Some of these may include, but are not limited to:
      • the annual seasonal flu vaccination
      • pneumococcal ("pneumonia") vaccine
      • the H1N1 influenza vaccine 
    • Applicants may also show proof of medical insurance as required by clinical agencies. Student medical insurance is available through LSCS.
    • Background checks are done through LSCS approved background check vendors.
    • Applicants must cover the costs of the background check, drug screen, medical insurance and immunizations.
    • Additional program costs to be assumed by the student include uniforms, malpractice insurance, and skills examination fees.
  5. If at any time during enrollment in any LSCS emergency medical services program a student is convicted of a felony or  misdemeanor, the student must inform the director and clinical coordinator in writing and submit a current background check.

EMT (EMSP 1501/1160) Admission Requirements:

  1. Apply for and be admitted to LSCS.
  2. Completion of the following prerequisites is required for admission into the program.  ENGL 0304 or ENGL 0364 AND ENGL 0306 or 0374, OR higher level course (ENGL 1301) OR placement by testing.  Completion of MATH 0306 OR placement by testing.
  3. Present proof of successful completion of the American Heart Associationís Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers within the previous two years, or an equivalent course approved by the program director.
  4. Document immunization or laboratory report of immune serum antibody titer against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, mumps, measles, rubella, varicella and Hepatitis B. 
  5. Completed Physical Examination/Medical History form.
  6. Document negative results from a yearly tuberculosis test (Mantoux).  If the test is positive a chest x-ray is required and  performed within the time limit established by the facility.  Submit the radiology report with the immunization form. Gold  Test results will be accepted.
  7. Enrollment into the EMT clinical course is contingent upon a satisfactory background check (as required by clinical facilities) that is completed by a college approved agency at the studentís expense.  Clinical facilities may also require completion of satisfactory drug screening, personal medical insurance, and additional immunizations. 

EMSP Intermediate Certificate, EMSP Paramedic Certificate, and AAS Requirements:

  1. Apply for and be admitted to LSCS.
  2. Students must make formal application to the EMSP department to pursue course work beyond EMSP 1501/1160.  
  3. Applicants who are currently certified at the EMT or EMT-Intermediate level or have completed EMSP 1501 (EMT) and EMSP 1160 (EMT Clinical) but who do not hold EMT certification may be provisionally accepted.  
  4. Students are only accepted for advance coursework in the fall at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Montgomery, and LSC-North Harris. Transfer students should contact the program director for start dates. LSC-CyFair has an accelerated one year program that begins in the fall. 
  5. An application portfolio must be submitted according to the deadlines established by the EMSP department of each college program.  The following should be included in the portfolio.
     
    1. Documentation of high school diploma or GED.
    2. Copies of all relevant academic transcripts: high school, college or university, military service schools, and other (proprietary schools).
    3. A resume or curriculum vitae showing work history with emphasis on EMS or other health care experience.
    4. Documentation of EMT certification.  Students who currently are enrolled in an EMT course or who have completed EMT course work and are engaged in the credentialing process should provide a statement to this effect.
    5. Documentimmunization or laboratory report of immune serum antibody titer against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, mumps, measles, rubella, varicella and Hepatitis B.
    6. Document negative results from a tuberculosis test (Mantoux).  If the test is positive a chest x-ray should be performed within the time limit established by the facility. Submit the radiology report with the immunization form.  If a positive test was obtained, a screening questionnaire should be completed prior to the second year of the program. Gold Test results will be accepted.
    7. Proof of successful completion of the American Heart Associationís Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers within the previous two years, or an equivalent course approved by the program director.
    8. Completed Physical Examination/Medical History form.
  6. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check (as required by clinical facilities)  that is completed by a college approved agency at the studentís expense.  Clinical facilities may also require completion of satisfactory drug screening, personal medical insurance, and additional immunizations.
  7. Completion of the following prerequisites is required for admission into the program.  ENGL 0304 or ENGL 0364 AND ENGL 0306 or 0374, OR higher level course (ENGL 1301) OR placement by testing.  Completion of MATH 0306 OR placement by testing.
  8. Letters regarding admission status will be mailed out at the conclusion of the application process.

Legal Information

Lone Star College System Policy is consistent with Texas law as to requirements and admission of any resident or non-resident student.  For admission and tuition purposes, residency is defined within Texas Education Code §54.052.

In addition, LSCS will notify students prior to, but not as a condition or requirement of admission, that  health care facilities will require students to have a Social Security number or a Visa as a condition of being assigned to a clinical facility. Students who are unable to complete the LSCS health program clinical skills requirement will not be able to complete the program due to a lack of clinical placement. 

Additionally, LSCS will notify students that a Social Security number or a Visa may be required for a background check, and may also be required for taking the licensing examination upon completion of program requirements.

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