Due to the specialized nature of becoming a paramedic and entering into the Emergency Medical Science Program, admission requirements are more rigid than for entrance into the general programs offered by TSC. Requirements for admission to the Emergency Medical Science Program are as follows:
- Admission to TSC (acceptance into TSC does not necessarily guarantee acceptance to the Emergency Medical Science Program)
- Completion of “Application for Admission” to the Emergency Medical Science Program (located on this website). Applications are due no later than June 15th of the year preceding the fall semester the student wishes to enter.
- College transcripts of all previous college work. High school transcripts if student has not previously attended college.
- Two Letters of recommendation
Students seeking to obtain an Associates of Applied Science or Certificate of Proficiency – Level 1 or Certificate of Proficiency – Level 2 must complete the application requirements located on this webpage.
The EMS Program has a limitation of how many students it can take with each new admitted cohort. This is based on clinical site access. Once an application to the program has been submitted, prospective students for the EMS program will attend an informational meeting with the EMS Program Director in order to answer any questions and understand the expectations and requirements of this program of study.
Students are selected based on scoring from this form against all applicants to the EMS Program for the respective application cycle. Applications are reviewed by a committee of EMS Program faculty and decisions regarding which students to admit will be made near the end of June with notification of acceptance or denial being sent before July 4th. Accepted students will need to reply to the email within 7-10 days. Accepted students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation (the date and time will be included in the acceptance letter). Topics included will be: required immunizations; health insurance requirements; criminal background check; attendance requirements; drug screening; and other topics specific to the current degree plan.
- Up-to-date immunizations and CPR Certification are required of all students prior to clinical assignments. This includes a current year flu shot.
- Students must provide proof of current health insurance and maintain throughout the entirety of the EMS Program.
- A current drug screen and criminal background checks will be required of allied health students prior to clinical assignments.
- Applicants with a history of a felony or misdemeanor should contact the Program Director for additional information. Applicants may be required to contact the Texas Department of Health and Human Services as well as the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians to determine eligibility for completion.
Transfer of Credits
If you wish to transfer your EMS training from another Texas College or University based CAAHEP Approved Paramedic training program, you must contact the EMS Program Director by email at [email protected] and schedule an appointment. This meeting can be face-to-face, or by Zoom (or an online meeting space). You will need your transcript (unofficial is fine), a copy of the Program of Study from your program, and the contact information for your EMS Program Director. This discussion will evaluate the feasibility of transferring into the TSC EMS Program. The TSC EMS Program will not accept you to finish the Capstone field experience. Students seeking transfer must meet the transfer requirements of TSC (found here). Transfers are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and there is no guarantee that you will be accepted into the TSC EMS Program. If it appears that you may be able to transfer into the TSC EMS Program, you will be required to complete the FERPA release of information in order for the TSC EMS Program to seek access to the records from your previous program(s). These records can include verification of skills competencies, patient contacts, hours completed in clinical along with copies of all clinical records.
Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508, 85th Leg., R.S. (2017), amended Chapter 53 of the Texas Occupations Code to add Subchapter E relating to notice to applicants to and enrollees in certain educational programs regarding the consequences of criminal conviction on eligibility for an occupational license.
Pursuant to Chapter 53, Subchapter E, of the Texas Occupations Code, please be advised that Texas Southmost College offers programs that lead to an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001. Licensing authorities may have guidelines concerning prior criminal convictions that would make an individual ineligible for issuance of a given license. If you are enrolled in a program that may prepare an individual for an occupational license and/or if you later decide to change to a program that prepares you for an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001, in accordance with state law, please be advised of the following:
- An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program;
- Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines which state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority.
- Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history. Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details.
- A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupations Code 53.102.
Note that the provisions of Chapter 53 of the Texas Occupations Code relating to the consequences of criminal conviction do not apply to licenses granted by the Supreme Court of Texas, law enforcement officers (Texas Occupations Code Chapter 1701), emergency medical services personnel (Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 773), or persons licensed by the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, the State Board of Dental Examiners, or the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners that have been convicted of a felony under Chapter 481 or 483 or Section 485.003 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. If you are seeking one of these licenses, please be aware that other provisions of the law may be applicable relating to the consequences of criminal conviction.
All applicants to and enrollees of Texas Southmost College are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license. Questions related to eligibility requirements should be directed to the applicable licensing authority.