Selective Admission: Paramedic Programs
- Program: Emergency Medical Services
- Pathway: Health Science
Our Paramedic Programs are selective admission:
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Associate of Applied Science degree
- Paramedic Program Certificate of Completion
After being accepted to TCC, you submit a separate application to 1 of our Paramedic Programs if you meet the eligibility requirements.
Each year, a committee selects candidates for the programs. Selections are based on your cumulative grade point average plus bonus points earned.
If you submit a complete application, you will be notified of your status within 3 weeks after the program's application deadline date.
Am I eligible to apply?
Check to see that you have met the following eligibility requirements.
TCC Student ID Number
You must apply to TCC, be accepted as a student and get a TCC Student ID number before you apply to 1 of our Paramedic Programs.
Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Requirements
You must meet the TSI requirements for enrolling in college credit courses.
Texas EMT Certificate
You must hold current Texas Department of State Health Services certification as an Emergency Medical Technician
Your GPA is taken from high school or college transcripts as applicable. We use your GED scores if transcripts are not available.
The programs do not require a specific minimum grade point average. In general, the higher your grades, the more competitive you will be for the seats available.
You are selected to participate in our Paramedic Programs based on your Applicant Score:
Applicant Score = Cumulative Grade Point Average + Bonus Points
Bonus Points are assigned based on the grades you earned in school before applying to this program. You earn bonus points for:
- Science courses required for the program and the GPA of those courses.
- For selection purposes, science lab courses completed online will not earn bonus points.
- General education courses required for the program for which you earned a grade of "C" or better.
Priority preference will be given if you have completed:
Note: A course is valid if only completed within 5 years of your application.
The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) and Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Community Standards (PDF)Listen require that all students in health-related programs complete the following immunizations before applying to programs where patient contact is a component.
If you know you will be applying to our Paramedic or Emergency Health Services Program within the next year, you will need to start these now because some will take up to 7 months to complete the series.
Do not apply until you know that all immunizations have or will be completed by the first day of class if you are accepted.
Once accepted, you will need to submit a TCC Health Department Immunization and Health Record to document that you have completed the following immunizations.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (TDaP)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Influenza (Flu Shot)
- Meningococcal Meningitis
- Hepatitis B
Note: Titers showing positive immunity to the diseases will be acceptable.
Required screening: Tuberculosis Skin Test or Chest X-Ray within the last 12 months.
You need to be prepared to meet the following additional requirements if you are accepted to our program:
- Physical Exam
- CPR Certification
- Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider
- Health Insurance
You will learn more about these requirements at an orientation meeting before the beginning of classes.
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening
After being accepted to the Paramedic Program—but before classes begin—you must undergo and pass a criminal background check and drug screening. These screenings will be administered through the College and will be at your expense. There are no exceptions.
Updated September 20, 2021