Emergency Medical Science

Scott NelsonGilberto Alcala
Program Director

Welcome to the Emergency Medical Science Program at Texas Southmost College! The EMS Program is dedicated to providing innovative, dynamic, and high-quality EMS education with the intent of producing professional and proficient EMT and Paramedic certified/licensed providers. Our mission is to prepare Paramedics who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Paramedics are the highest level of pre-hospital providers working in a variety of areas to include fire departments, ambulance services, critical care services, flight services, tactical environments, and in hospitals. The TSC EMS program will challenge a student in the didactic, lab, clinical, and field settings. Through innovation, technology, and a faculty dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, students will develop their ability to provide emergency care to a wide range of patients in a pre-hospital setting.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic examination, as well as qualify for certification/licensing at the paramedic level in the state of Texas. Upon completion of the two year program, applicants will also be awarded their Associates in Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Science.

Contact us to find out if you have what it takes to join the ranks of the elite pre-hospital providers known as Paramedics. We will be glad to start you on this exciting and challenging educational journey.

Gilberto Alcala
Program Director-Emergency Medical Science
[email protected]


Advanced Placement

The TSC EMS Program recognizes that some individuals applying to our Paramedic program may come with other medical licensure and/or experiences. However, for the continuity and consistency of the EMS program at TSC, we do not allow advanced placement of students into the Paramedic program. More specifically, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, or other allied health professionals will not be granted advanced placement into a Paramedic program or be given credit for their current licensure or experiences. Anyone seeking admittance into a Paramedic program at TSC will apply through the standard application process and will adhere to all attendance and course policies.

Program Outcomes Data for 2021

  • The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2021.
  • The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 66.7%.
  • The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%.
  • Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’.
  • The most recent retention rate was 66.7%.