A Career in Emergency Medical Services

 

Job

ECA or

NR First Responder

 

EMT-Basic

 

Paramedic

Call-Taker/ System Status Controller

 Length of

Training

 

 

2-3 weeks

Three to Four Months

Many area colleges offer programs that include classroom training as well as practical skills.  Clinical rotations are completed at area EMS agencies and hospitals.

Nine to Fourteen Months

Programs offered vary in length.  All programs include classroom training as well as practical skills.  Clinical rotations are completed at area EMS agencies and hospitals.

Call-Taker 3 Mo/SSC  4-6 Mo

Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) certification course is provided by a regional Master Instructor with the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch through MedStar.  Training consists of 5 weeks of classroom training and on-the-job training with a Communications Training Officer.

 

Scope of

Practice

Basic Emergency Care

Basic Emergency Care

Provide basic emergency medical care and transport to patients accessing the EMS system

Advanced Emergency Care

Provide the highest level of pre-hospital care to those accessing the EMS system, including starting IV’s, advanced airway skills and medication administration.

Call-Taker/SSC

Answers incoming administrative, client city and 911 lines with non-emergency and the emergency request for service; provides medical pre-arrival instructions as required by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch protocols.

SSC 

In addition to call-taker duties monitor all radio traffic and the system ensuring appropriate deployment of units.

 

Certification Eligibility

 

 

Certified as Emergency

Care Attendant (ECA)

Or NR First Responder

Texas Department of State Health Services

Upon successful completion of the classroom and clinical training at the college of your choice, you will then sit for the National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT) certification exam.  The NREMT certification is required to receive certification from TDSHS. 


Texas Department of State Health Services

Upon successful completion of the classroom and clinical training at the college of your choice, you will then sit for the National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT) certification exam.  The NREMT certification is required to receive certification from TDSHS.

National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatchers

After successful completion of the Emergency Medical Dispatch course provided by MedStar, you will receive a two (2) year Emergency Medical Dispatch certification.

Colleges/

Technical

Schools

 

  • Tarrant County College
  • MedStar Mobile Healthcare
  • MedStar Mobile Healthcare
  • Tarrant County College 
  • Weatherford College 
  • Brookhaven College 
  • Hill College 
  • TEEX/College Station

There are many other schools that offer EMT/Paramedic training.

 

  • Tarrant County College 
  • Weatherford College 
  • Brookhaven College 
  • Hill College 
  • TEEX/College Station

There are many other schools that offer EMT/Paramedic training.

There are no schools that currently offer the course requirements to become certified as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher with the Academy of Emergency Dispatch.  However, classes are offered through various EMS agencies (including MedStar).