EMS Education - Brookhaven College

Brookhaven College

Mission Statement

The Brookhaven College Emergency Medical Services Education program is dedicated to student success and committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of education and training in emergency medical service. The EMS program goal is to create responsible, caring and competent emergency medical services professionals through the professionalism and aptitude of our instructors.

Degree and Certificate Options

Brookhaven College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education program has training for EMT and Paramedic certifications and also offers a unique opportunity to earn an associate degree in paramedicine.

Both EMT and Paramedic courses include classroom instruction, hospital rotations with emphasis on emergency department experience and emergency ambulance experience. Classes are scheduled on a “fire department shift-based format (A-, B-, or C-shifts) as well as a nighttime class that meets four nights per week and every other Saturday. They are designed to prepare you to provide basic and advanced prehospital care to emergency patients. Skills lab time includes a cadaver lab, vehicle extrication day, helicopter landing zone class and wilderness rescue day. 

Actual length of time to complete certificates or the associate degree depends on factors such as semester and length of course and whether a course is taken in spring, summer or fall; in the daytime or at night; or as a regular or fast-track class. Brookhaven’s EMT program is one semester and there are no college prerequisites. The Paramedic program takes seven and a half months fast-track to twelve and a half months in night classes to complete.

Please contact the Brookhaven College EMS Education department to devise the best strategy for your educational goals and for other prerequisites.

  • The Paramedicine Associate in Applied Sciences Degree combines classroom teaching with supervised clinical and field experience. When you successfully complete all required coursework, you’ll be eligible to take the exam for registration as a Paramedic through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Upon successful completion of that exam, you’ll then be eligible to apply for a license as a Paramedic in Texas. 
  • The EMT Basic Certificate takes approximately four months to complete. A variety of schedules is offered, including shift-based, nighttime and fast track.
  • The Paramedicine Level II Certificate combines classroom teaching with supervised clinical and field experience for those seeking certification only as a Paramedic with the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • The Credential for Critical Care Professionals Enhanced Skills Certificate combines classroom teaching with supervised clinical and field experience for medical professionals seeking certification as a Paramedic with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Liability Insurance: All students, once admitted, are required to purchase professional liability insurance unless provided by employer with a letter on file. Students cannot attend clinical without professional liability insurance that is valid throughout the course. The cost is to be announced in class.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Students will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and apply for Texas Department of State Health Services certification.

How to Get Started

Acceptance to Brookhaven College’s EMS program is on a first-come, first-served basis without regards to professional affiliation.

Get more information on the Emergency Medical Services Education Program, including the Paramedic and EMT programs, admission requirements, national registry exam and FAQs.


Students in the EMS program pay tuition to Brookhaven College along with various other expenses (including costs for Texas Department of State Health Services registration and National Registry of EMTs testing).

Firefighters may be eligible for tuition waiver under state regulations.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Faculty Profiles

Faculty members have relevant academic degrees, certifications and professional experience so they can relate to challenges you’ll face on the job. Instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in your training and career. See profiles of Brookhaven College EMS faculty members


Brookhaven College’s EMS program is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an initial and continuing EMS education provider.

Program Location

The EMS program is located in Brookhaven’s Science and Allied Health (X) building, also housing other health career programs such as Nursing and Radiological Sciences and science programs such as chemistry and biology.

The building is the only facility in the North Texas area and one of the few in the country to have been built specifically for an EMS training program. Specific components include:

  • A full-scale ambulance simulator
  • A scene practice room set up as a living room for staging realistic rescue scenarios
  • Practice stairwell for carrying patients
  • Outdoor automobile extrication simulator
  • Human patient simulators, fully interactive and computer-driven, both adult and children
  • “Smart” classrooms so that every student to record their responses and reactions to patient scenarios on a thumb drive, in order to review and improve performance

Continuing Education Classes in Emergency Medical Skills Certifications

Brookhaven College’s Continuing Education Division also offers noncredit classes in emergency medical skills certifications for EMTs, paramedics, physicians, nurses and other allied medical personnel, as well as the National Registry Exam for EMTs.

ACLSAdvanced Cardiac Life Support (regular and fast-track)
BCLSBasic Cardiac Life Support
EMTEMT and Paramedic National Registry Refresher Course
PEPPPrehospital Education for Prehospital Professionals
PHTLSPrehospital Trauma Life Support

CAAHEP Accreditation

The Brookhaven College EMS-Paramedicine Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To Contact CAAHEP:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19N, Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763 

To Contact COAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088 
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992

If you have any questions about the EMS-Paramedicine Program at Brookhaven College, please contact Alex Stadthagen, associate dean for the Health and Human Services Division, at 972-860-7860 or at alexs9981@dcccd.edu.