Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services program will prepare students to deliver out-of-hospital emergency care at the scene of an accident or a medical emergency. EMTs and Paramedics typically serve as vital members of the Emergency Medical Services team who can, with competence, use their medical skills to relieve suffering, reduce injury severity, and prevent death.

  • Delivery:
    • Basic: McAllen - Days & Nights; Starr County - Days
    • Advanced: McAllen - Days & Nights
    • Paramedic: McAllen - Days
  • Start:
    • Basic & Advanced: Fall, Spring, & Summer
    • Paramedic: Fall
  • Locations:
    • Nursing Allied Health Campus - McAllen
    • Starr County Campus - Rio Grande City

Information Sessions

Students interested in the Emergency Medical Services Program are required to attend an EMS Program information session.

Day/Time: Tuesdays at 1:30 p. m.
Location: STC Nursing & Allied Health Campus - McAllen

To receive an invite to one of the EMS Program Information Sessions, please email:
Maria Ponce-Vargas, Guided Pathways Specialist at

Please provide the following information in the email:

  • Name
  • Student ID #
  • Preferred Email
  • Phone #

For additional information contact:
The EMS Department
Email: EMSDept@southtexascollege.edu

Program Application

EMS Program applications are available below or at EMS Program and will be discussed and completed during advisement prior to registration. Please contact the Guided Pathways Specialist, Maria Ponce-Vargas, at 956-872-3216 for additional information.

EMS Online Application

Fall 2023 Application Deadline:
August 24, 2023

For information on how to complete the Complio requirements view:
Complio Process
Complio Tutorial Videos

Application Requirements

  1. Participate in the Prospective Student Information Session.
  2. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent, except for dual credit students.
  3. EMT-Basic Certificate TSI exempt.
  4. Advanced EMT Certificate TSI exempt.
  5. Paramedic Certificate or AAS Degree Option: Meet TSI College Readiness Standards or meet TSI exemption standards.
  6. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all courses completed at STC or, if currently a high school student, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on the high school transcript.
  7. Be 18-years of age to be eligible for certification by the Texas Department of State and Health Services or National Registry.
  8. Hold a valid Texas Driver’s License or Texas ID.
  9. Clinical/Practicum Requirements (Complio)
    Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen, current CPR status, current accident/health insurance and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series. https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/clinical_affairs.html
  10. If you have a criminal record and would like to be evaluated for eligibility, contact the Department of State Health Service - Office of EMS and Trauma Systems Coordination 512-834-6740 for more information. The Petition for EMS Criminal History Pre-Screening form and the Texas Fingerprint Service Code form are available at  www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/formsresources.shtm.
  11. Submit a completed program application.
  12. Meet the technical standards of the program.

Program Orientation

Fall 2023 Orientation
Date: Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023
Time: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: NAH A, Room 101 - 102

Paramedic Entrance Exam
Date: Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: NAH A Room 2-424

*Must purchase FISDAP Paramedic Entrance Exam before Orientation.

1101 E Vermont Ave. McAllen, Texas 78503

Program Selection Process

Students accepted on a first-come first-serve basis until maximum class size reached. A waiting list for the next available class is established if more applications are received that can be accommodated.


To prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Services(Advanced), and Emergency Medical Technician/Basic and First Responder Levels.



South Texas College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

CoAEMSP Expected Level of Achievement 70% on all categories
EMS Annual Program Outcomes
Retention/Attrition 2021: 70.8%
National Registry (Students attempting exam) 2021: 81.3%
Positive Job Placement 2021: 100%
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