AC offers programs of study leading to basic and advanced emergency medical technician (EMT) certifications, and an advanced two-year degree program for those seeking to become licensed paramedics. Whichever you choose, you will perform valuable clinical rotations and field internships at various Amarillo-area hospitals and ambulance services. You also will be exposed to cutting-edge pre-hospital and in-hospital medical experiences under direct supervision of some of the finest medical and allied health professionals around. In fact, Amarillo College’s Paramedic Program is the only such program in the Texas Panhandle to hold accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Texas now requires that paramedics not only pass a pre-employment national registry exam, but that they graduate from a CAAHEP-accredited program before they even qualify to sit for the exam. That means AC is the only school in the Panhandle capable of producing professional paramedics.
Professional paramedics and EMTs are at the forefront of the first-responders who jump into action when people need immediate emergency medical assistance. They care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls– performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities. It is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations.