Associate of Applied Science Degree

This program is designed to prepare students for a career in emergency medical services. Students successfully completing the first semester may apply for EMT-Basic certification. Students completing the second semester may apply for Advanced EMT certification. Students completing the final semesters may apply for Paramedic Certification. Students who successfully complete the technical and general education courses will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services, which broadens and heightens the student’s career opportunity and portability.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL. 33763

To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992

CoAEMSP Paramedic Program – 2015 Outcomes


3 year average



National Registry Written Exam Pass Rate


Positive Job Placement



Program Goal:

“To prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains,” with exit points at the EMT and Advanced EMT levels.


Program Outcomes

Provide care for the emergency patient in the pre-hospital setting. 

  1. Work as a team with other EMS care providers in the pre-hospital setting.
  2. Use critical thinking and decision-making skills to determine the healthcare needs of the pre-hospital patient.
  3. Plan treatment to include prevention and initial care procedures to promote and maintain the healthcare needs in an emergency situation.
  4. Place the patient’s welfare, comfort, and privacy first when planning and implementing initial care.

Mission Statement

In keeping with the mission of Galveston College, it is the goal of the program faculty and staff to produce graduates who complete Paramedic certification, who pass NREMT certification exam on the first attempt, who are able to enter the job market as entry level paramedics, who demonstrate empathy and compassion for their patients, and graduates who are committed to life-long learning.

Admission Requirements

All prospective candidates who wish to be admitted to the Emergency Medical Services Degree Program must contact the Program Director at (409) 944-1494 or email at rprue@gc.edu

Applicants must: 

1.       Complete the requirements for admission to the College. Admission to the
          College does not guarantee admission to the Program.

  • Requirements for the College include:
  • TSI scores for TSI-eligible students or placement scores for TSI-exempt students which permit enrollment in college level courses. Official TSI scores must appear on a transcript to be sent directly to Galveston College from the test company on an official test score report form.
  • Degree Plan must show evidence of:

a.       Achieve a grade of “C” or better in Math 0304 Introductory Algebra or
          a passing placement test score within five years of acceptance into
          the Program. 

b.        An overall GPA of 2.0. A grade of “C” or better is required in the
          general education courses. Math and Science courses must be
          completed within five years of acceptance into the Program.

2.       Submit Program Application to the Program Director.

  • Program Applications are accepted until the start of semester. Applications that are submitted after the deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Due to limited enrollment, we cannot accept every applicant. Applicants not admitted to the program must re-apply each year. Successful applicants will be notified by mail of acceptance to the program.
  • Complete the following prior to enrollment:

a.       A physical examination.

b.       TB skin test within six months of starting the program.

c.        Immunization series; including the Hepatitis B immunization series
           including titer or show proof of illness. To be eligible to apply to the
           Program, student must show proof that the immunization process has
           been started. The process needs to be completed by the start of the
           program. (This process takes seven months to complete).

d.       Students must be certified in American Heart Healthcare Provider
          CPR and maintain certification throughout their course of study.

e.       Complete a background check through the College at students cost
          upon acceptance to the Program.

f.        Complete a clear drug screening test at students cost as directed by
          the Program.

g.       Potential students must complete interview or meet with the
          Program Director upon request.

h.       Attend Mandatory Orientation.

Transfer Policy:

Course work from another program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Program Coordinator.  A grade of “C” or better is required on all transferred prerequisite, general education and program specific courses.  Transfer students from another program will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Transfer students must:

  1. Complete admission requirements to Galveston College as well as the Program admission criteria.
  2. Submit course syllabi for review, if requested by program coordinator.
  3. Agree to complete a disclosure of information form.


First Semester
EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (TP) 5
EMSP 1260 Clinical (Basic) (TP) 2
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Second Semester
EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice 3
EMSP 1355 Trauma Management 3
EMSP 1356 Patient Assessment and Airway Management 3
EMSP 1362 Clinical (Advanced EMT) 3
Third Semester
EMSP 2306 Emergency Pharmacology 3
EMSP 2305 EMS Operations 3
EMSP 2260 Clinical I (Paramedic) 2
Fourth Semester
EMSP 2434 Medical Emergencies 4
EMSP 2444  Cardiology 4
EMSP 2261 Clinical II (Paramedic) 2
SOCI X3XX Sociology Elective 3
Fifth Semester
EMSP 2143 Assessment Based Management* 1
EMSP 2430 Special Populations 4
EMSP 2262 Clinical III (Paramedic) 2
ELEC  X3XX Language Philosophy and Culture 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3




+MATH 0304 Introductory Algebra is a requirement to be met for admission to the program by placement or course completion.
4Select one course from ENGL 2333, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333, ENGL 2343, HUMA 1301, HUMA 1302, PHIL 1316, 2303, 2307, 2321, SPAN 2311, SPAN 2312, FREN 2311, FREN 2312, GERM 2311 OR GERM 2312
*Identifies capstone experience (TP) Identifies Tech Prep courses
Underline- Identifies courses to meet academic, general education requirements for AAS degree; minimum 15 credit hours.


Updated 4/1/2016 - Content Author eiles