EMT Certification Overview

Emergency Medical Technician training

The Emergency Medicine Education Program in the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions offers Emergency Medical Technician Certification in cooperation with El Centro College, a campus of the Dallas County Community College District. In seven weeks, you’ll be prepared to function in an emergency medical services position in the pre-hospital environment.

Our EMT Certification Program includes classroom instruction, hospital rotations with an emphasis on emergency department experience, and emergency ambulance experience. You’ll receive instruction in basic life support such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automatic external defibrillation, physical assessment, bandaging and splinting, traction splinting, spinal immobilization, airway management, oxygen therapy, and other noninvasive procedures.

If you’re already certified as an EMT, we also offer a comprehensive Paramedic Certification Program that will prepare you to function in an advanced life-support capacity.

Please note: If you haven’t had the series of three hepatitis B vaccinations and want to attend an EMT certification course soon, you need to begin the vaccination series as soon as possible.

Program Moving to El Centro College

This EMS education program will move to El Centro College effective January 2016.

To register for the Emergency Medical Technician Program at El Centro College, please contact David Jimenez, Academic Advisor for the El Centro EMT Program. Contact him via djimenez@dcccd.edu or phone at 214-860-2262. 

Program requirements

The last classes at UT Southwestern will be as follows:

  • Anatomy and Physiology class December 28, 2015–January 11, 2016. (This class will precede the January 2016 Paramedic class at El Centro College.)   

Below are the tentative 2016 classes that will be held at El Centro College

  • EMT # 166 Feb 11, 2016 – March 29, 2016
  • EMT # 167 April 4, 2016 – May 17, 2016 (tentative)
  • EMT # 168 May 23, 2016 – July 8, 2016 (tentative)

About Emergency Medical Technicians

Emergency medical technician is the entry level of pre-hospital emergency medical provider. EMTs provide rapid in-field treatment and transport to higher medical providers. They work in conjunction with paramedics, nurses, physicians, and other members of the health care team. Career options are available in urban and rural settings, primarily in conjunction with fire departments, private ambulances, or other rescue services.

When operating in the pre-hospital environment, EMTs act in accordance with protocols and procedures set by their system's physician medical director. For more details about what EMTs do, read the functional job analysis.

EMTs Today

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMTs and paramedics held about 210,700 jobs in 2008. Most career EMTs and paramedics work in metropolitan areas. Volunteer EMTs and paramedics are more common in small cities, towns, and rural areas. These individuals volunteer for fire departments, emergency medical services, or hospitals, and may respond to only a few calls per month.

Paid EMTs and paramedics were employed in a number of industries. About 45 percent worked as employees of ambulance services. About 29 percent worked in local government. Another 20 percent worked in hospitals.

Outlook for Tomorrow

Employment of EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow 9 percent between 2008 and 2018, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is due in large part to increasing call volume due to our aging population.