Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

Have you always wanted a career helping others? Are you passionate about making a difference? A degree in emergency medical services (EMS) from Midland College prepares you for a health care field that will lead to a career in EMS or other related fields.

Every year in the US, roughly 240 million 911 calls are made asking for emergency medical assistance. Almost every minute someone urgently needs help, your help. If you qualify for the program, the next time you could be the one receiving a call for emergency help. Are you ready?


EMS Students in Lab Practice with SimLifeCenter Manikin EMS Students in 'Rural Rescue' Field Exercise Learning to operate lifesaving equipment.


Paramedic Program Outcomes





National Registry Written - Pass Rate 87.5% 100% No graduates
during the 2020
reporting year
National Registry Practical - Pass Rate 100% 100%
Retention 84.2% 100%
Positive Placement 100% 100%


Program Details

At Midland College, an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Medical Services will educate students as an emergency medical care provider. Successful students may go on to work as first responders including careers in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and work as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic.

Midland College offers courses that upon successful completion will allow students to sit for the credentialing EMT or Paramedic exam.

Students receive training in basic emergency care, intubation, and administering medications. This degree requires two years of full-time study to complete. Programs combine classroom work with extensive hands-on training in ambulances and hospital emergency departments. Students earn an emergency medical technician (EMT) certification during these programs, and graduates qualify to take the paramedic certification examination.

Applicants need a high school diploma or the equivalent for admission to an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services program. Students need to have passed high school courses in math and science, such as biology, anatomy, algebra, and chemistry. Some schools also require students to have taken English and composition.

Along with general education courses, students take specific courses related to emergency medical services. Students start with EMT certification classes and then progress to more advanced topics of study. Courses cover the following areas:

  • Obstetrics
  • Cardiac life support
  • Basic First Aid and CPR
  • Airway management
  • Pharmacology
  • Legal issues involving health care

Marketable Skills

Pursuing a degree in this field of study will provide marketable skills in these areas:

  • Service Orientation – Providing active and proactive assistance to those in need
  • Critical Thinking – Using intellectually disciplined thought processes to determine appropriate treatment options based upon patient signs, symptoms, and situations
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Evaluating different options and selecting the most appropriate plans of action
  • Operation and Control – Using equipment or systems
  • Time Management –– Prioritize workload to attend to the most critical needs first, and if needed, be willing to ask for help
  • Writing – Demonstrating complete, accurate and effective professional documentation
  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • Communication – Using active listening skills and speaking effectively with a diverse population

Career Opportunities

After successfully passing the credentialing exam, students will be registered with the National Registry of EMTs and can apply for Texas credentials as an EMT or Paramedic. With this certification, you can work for a Fire Department, a Hospital or Medical Clinic, or as safety personnel for a plant, or in an industry career.

There are a number of exciting and in-demand jobs individuals possessing EMT training including:

  • Municipal Firefighters
  • Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs
  • Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
  • Police Patrol Officers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technicians


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics. In addition, an increase in medical emergency calls resulting from an aging population is projected.

Emergency medical technician (EMT) Requirements

  • Apply to Midland College

MC Application and Enrollment Information

  • Complete the Health Sciences General Application

Health Sciences General Application

  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Urine drug screening (as scheduled after classes begin)
  • Criminal background clearance
  • Health insurance coverage


  • Influenza vaccine, current season
  • Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR, 2 doses)
  • Hepatitis B (3 doses)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) - 2 doses or verification of disease
  • Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (Tdap) - 1 dose within the last 10 years
  • COVID-19 vaccine or approved medical/religious exemption

Paramedic Requirements

  • EMT Requirements, plus:
  • Certified EMT and completed BIOL 2404 and HPRS 1106
  • TSI Complete

All paperwork should be turned in once the Health Sciences General; Application is submitted.

Final admittance decisions made approximately 30 days prior to the first day of class.

  • Once accepted, students need to register for the classroom and clinical courses and purchase books, supplies, and required uniform.

  • A drug test is required. Procedure instructions will be in class.

  • There is an online component to the course work, but it is a face-to-face course.

  • EMT classes meet on Tuesday and Thursdays evenings from 6 - 10 pm.
    Paramedic class meets on Mondays/Wednesday and Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.

  • Clinical scheduling will be announced and involves some nights and weekends.

  • Attendance requirements are strictly enforced.

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

FAFSA Requirement

The student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid to access the Financial Aid Portal and apply for scholarships.

If the student's FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student needs to complete the FAFSA application, and once processed, will have access to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

How to Apply

  1. Go to our Financial Aid Portal, by clicking this link: Financial Aid Portal
  2. Log in using your SSN and Password. If this is your first time, click the "First Time User" link under the Submit button in the "Log In" box.
  3. Click the menu button at the top left-hand corner.
  4. Select the Scholarship Application.

For additional scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.


Why study EMS at MC?



MC Fire & EMS logo

Licensing body for this program

Texas Department of State Health Services

To request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential Paramedic License prior to or during your quest for a degree, visit the department's website and request a Criminal History Evaluation.

Texas Department of State Health Services

PLEASE NOTE: Completion of Midland College degrees and/or certificates does not guarantee eligibility to take a certification/registry/licensure examination. The eligibility of each person is determined on an individual basis by the regulatory body of the specific discipline. If you have a conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, physical or mental disability/illness, hospitalization/treatment for chemical dependency within the past five years, current intemperate use of drugs or alcohol or a previous denial of a licensure or action by a licensing authority, you will need to contact the specific regulatory body for an individual ruling. Some programs require a criminal background check and urine and drug screen.



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