According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, the occupational outlook for EMTs and Paramedics is promising, with an expected 19 percent job growth from 2010 to 2016. Private ambulance companies will most likely offer steady employment for Paramedics in the coming years, while there will be stiffer competition for Paramedic jobs with police and fire departments. According to www.salary.com, typical yearly salaries for a Paramedic can range from just over $33,000 to close to $43,500.

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 EMT-Intermediate 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 studentís career opportunity and portability. The program is accredited/approved through the Commission on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (COAEMSP).

All prospective students who wish to be admitted to the Emergency Medical Services Degree Program should fill out a Program Application and contact the EMS Program Director at (409) 944-1494.

The Application deadlines are:           v   August 15 for the EMS Basic program
v   November 15 for the Advanced EMT program
v   May 15 for the Paramedic program

 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 patientís 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.


Updated 8/15/2011 - Content Author eiles