Level-One Certificate Program (7101)

This program is designed to prepare students for a career in emergency medical services. Students completing the second semester may apply for Advanced EMT (formerly Intermediate) certification. The program is accredited/approved through the Commission on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (COAEMSP).

Program Outcomes

  1. Provide care for the emergency patient in the pre-hospital setting.
  2. Work as a team with other EMS care providers in the pre-hospital setting.
  3. Use critical thinking and decision-making skills to determine the healthcare needs of the pre-hospital patient.
  4. Plan treatment to include prevention and initial care procedures to promote and maintain the healthcare needs in an emergency situation.
  5. 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

Admission Requirements

All prospective candidates who wish to be admitted to the Emergency Medical
Services Certificate Program should 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.

2.       Initiate the Program Checklist in the Admissions Office.

3.       Continue the Program Checklist Process and Complete Program Degree Plan
          in the Counseling Office.

  • Degree Plan must show evidence of:

a.       Achieve a grade of “C” or better in Math 0300 Basic Mathematics or a
          passing placement test score within five years of acceptance into the

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.

c.        Successful completion of EMS Basic program.

d.       File a copy of current EMT-B certification in EMS office.

4.       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 Health Care at
          program entry 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 may need to complete interview or meet with the
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 a complete a disclosure of information form.


First Semester
EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technology (Basic) 5
EMSP 1260 Clinical (Basic) 2
EMSP 1291 Special Topics (Emergency Medical Technology 2
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
HPRS 1206 Essentials of Medical Terminology 2
Second Semester
EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice 3
EMSP 1356 Patient Assessment and Airway Management 3
EMSP 1355 Trauma Management 3
EMSP 1362 Clinical (Advanced EMT) 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology II 4



 Upon completion of EMS Intermediate courses student is eligible to take the national registry EMT Intermediate certificate test.

Updated 8/26/2011 - Content Author rprue