Welcome To The Amarillo College EMSP Program


Please note: All EMT-Basic courses (EMSP 1501 & EMSP 1163; or EMSP 1001) are OPEN enrollment. No application is necessary beyond that required for general admission to Amarillo College.

To apply to any of our ADVANCED programs (AEMT, Paramedic Certificate, or Associate in Applied Science), you must FIRST possess, and maintain, certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and/or the State of Texas as an EMT (or higher). 


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Program Information

Emergency Medical Services ProfessionsThank you for your interest in the Emergency Medical Services Professions Program at Amarillo College. The program offers academic and continuing education curricula designed for people who desire to work in the field of emergency medicine. Our students range from initial certification students, seeking to prepare themselves for that first ambulance ride, to seasoned veterans of ground and flight services; hospital emergency departments and critical care units; and physicians offices and clinics seeking continuing education.

Amarillo College has been involved in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education since the inception of the industry. The Department of Paramedicine Technology was created in January of 1984. The program has evolved over the years to what it is today; The Department of Emergency Medical Services Professions. The advanced components of the curriculum were dramatically revised and the revisions were implemented in January of 1993. The latest curriculum revision was developed in 1998-1999 and was implemented in June, 2000 which made the program the most extensive EMS Education program in Texas at the time. The advanced program is now almost 2,000 contact hours long. The program currently graduates around 10-20 Paramedics annually from our on-campus program. Off-campus offerings are delivered as requested by communities and EMS Services in the Amarillo College service area. Basic classes are open admission, advanced courses are closed to accepted applicants, filled on a competitive admission process.

The EMSP program conducts classes both on, and off the Amarillo College West Campus and our students perform clinical rotations and field internships at various Amarillo area hospitals and Advanced Life Support/Mobile Intensive Care Unit Ambulance Services. These facilities expose our students to the latest, cutting edge pre-hospital and in-hospital medical experience and allow the students to work under the direct supervision of some of the finest medical and allied health professionals in the country. Upon graduation, our students hold the following minimum credentials:

American Heart Association: Basic Life Support Provider/Instructor (CPR-P/I)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (ACLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider (PALS)

National Association of Emergency Medical Technician: Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Provider


Moreover, they are eligible to apply for credentialing from:


National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians:

Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-EMT

Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-AEMT

Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic


Texas Department of State Health Services (optional):

Licensed Paramedic, or EMT-Paramedic

EMS-Instructor at the basic and advanced levels

EMSP Advanced Program Placement Policy (CAAHEP Standard V.A.2)

The Amarillo College EMSP program does not offer advanced program placement opportunities to those seeking eligibility for the National Registry examination (typically requested by non-accredited, outside graduates; nurses; physicians; or other healthcare professionals).

However, according to the National Registry's Paramedic Accreditation Implementation Policy:

State licensed Paramedics and those who graduated from non-CAAHEP accredited programs prior to January 1, 2013 will remain eligible for NREMTs National EMS Certification at the Paramedic level throughout their careers, provided all other requirements for NREMT certification are met)(2015, ¶ 5).

To that end, this program does offer classes that may be necessary to complete the NREMT’s “other requirements” stipulation such as ACLS, PHTLS, etc.