Brookhaven EMS Program Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get into the EMT/Paramedic program at Brookhaven?
First, you need to become a Brookhaven College student. You can apply online or in person at the Admissions Office in Building S on campus. If you are transferring from a college outside of the DCCCD you will need to provide official transcripts from all of the colleges you have attended. Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Admissions Office. You can have them mailed or hand-deliver them in a sealed envelope.

Can I just register online for my EMT or Paramedic class?
No, you need to have completed your checklist with two copies of each item needed and meet with our program director in Bldg. X, Room X1072.

How long is your EMT course?
Our EMT courses last a semester, which is about 16 weeks, not including your clinical rotations and internship at the fire station (internship completion time varies by individual, it is not guaranteed). Our summer EMT course lasts about six weeks, not including your clinical rotations and internship at the fire station (internship completion time varies by individual, it is not guaranteed).

When is your next EMT class starting?
We offer our EMT course three times a year: fall (August), spring (January) and summer (early June). We offer a “B” shift-based class in the fall and spring that follows the firefighter schedule and is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on local “B”shift days. We also offer a night class in the fall and spring from 6 to 10 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our summer class starts in early June from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What are the requirements to get into the EMT program?

  • Driver’s license or State-issued ID. A current/valid military ID is also acceptable.
  • Personal medical insurance valid for duration of course of studies (until program completion).
  • CPR card, with expiration after course of studies (until program completion). The only accepted sources are ECSI, ARC, and AHA. The certification must be for Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer. IF you choose to take it at BHC, the class is EMSP 1019. Register through the Continuing Education Division. Call 972-860-4600.
  • Immunization records (on the BHC-EMS form) signed and verified by the BHC student health nurse. Go to the Health Center in Bldg. S, Room S072.
  • Medical clearance, ability to perform the essential functions of the job, signed by physician.
  • Advising Report / Transcript (must show math/English status [plus A&P-1 completion for paramedic]). Obtain it at the Advising Center or from your eConnect account. Use the “My Grades (advising report)” link after log in.
  • The EMT basic program is TSI waived. There are no specific English or math scores required. However, proficiency is necessary for success in the program. The paramedic program(s) is TSI required.
  • BHC student ID (To obtain, you must be a currently registered student at BHC, otherwise it must be obtained immediately after registration in EMS. Go to the Student Life Office in Bldg. S, Room S201.)

 How long is your paramedic course?
Our paramedic class lasts about 12 months (day shift-based program), which includes your clinical rotations and internship at the fire station (internship completion time varies by individual, it is not guaranteed). Night program takes approximately an extra one and a half months.

When is your next paramedic class starting?
We offer our paramedic course three times a year. Our “C” shift-based class starts every August, and is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on “C” shift days. Our night based paramedic class starts every January and is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, along with some Saturdays. Our “B” shift-based class starts every March, and is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on “B” shift days.

What are the requirements to get into the paramedic program?
In addition to all of the above requirements for the EMT program, you will need the following:

  • TX-EMT certification (for paramedic candidates). NREMT accepted for enrollment , but TX DSHS certification due within 60 days of start of course.
  • English 1301 and Math 1332 (or higher) are necessary to register in the paramedic program. Alternatively, students can test at college level and meet all TSI scores. The classes, however, are necessary for completion of the AAS-Paramedicine and C-2 awards. Texas DSHS certification is not contingent on these two classes.
  • Proof of six or more months of field experience; OR graduation from BHC EMT within past two semesters; OR successful completion of the FISDAP EE paramedic program exam.
  • Note: Paramedic students must also complete with “C” or better:
  • SCIT 1407 or BIOL 2401(A&P1) the pre-requisite for EMSP 1438 (Start of program).
  • EMSP 1391 (Mass Disaster Responses) for AAS award.
  • SCIT 1408 or BIOL 2402 (A&P2) the pre-requisite for EMSP 2434.

 

Can I take Anatomy and Physiology outside of the DCCCD system?
Yes, but you will need a transcript evaluation and course description from the college you attended.

Do I have to have Anatomy and Physiology II before I can apply to the paramedic program?
No, but it is strongly suggested due to the vigorous academic content of the paramedic program. A&P II is required before the Medical Emergencies class/module (EMSP 2434).

Is the EMS program financial aid eligible?
Yes. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. Individual eligibility may vary. The Financial Aid office is located in Building S or you can call the Financial Aid Call Center at 972-587-2599.

Is there financial assistance for military veterans?
Yes. Please contact the Veterans Affairs office in Bldg. S, Room S132 for more information. Individual eligibility may vary. Their phone number is 972-860-4674. VA certified applicants are considered TSI met for registration purposes.

Where can I get my vaccinations, if I need any?
Most students go to their doctor’s office. Local drugstores also offer many of the required immunizations. The county health offices offer vaccinations as well.

Do I have to get a flu shot?
Yes, all vaccines are required. There are no exemptions.

Do my immunizations need to be completed before I can be accepted into the program?
Yes. You will bring your vaccination records to our campus nurse in the Student Health Center, Bldg. S, Room S072 to evaluate your records. In order to be accepted into our program you need a signed EMS immunization record/form from her.

Where can I take a CPR course?
Anywhere that offers a hands-on Professional Rescuer CPR (AHA) or Health Care Provider (ECSI, AHA) course is acceptable. We also offer Healthcare Provider CPR through our Continuing Education Division. Please contact them at 972-860-4600, or go to their webpage.

How much does your program cost?
This depends on what county you live in. Currently, for Dallas County Residents - $52 per credit hour with a $52 minimum. Other Texas Residents - $97 per credit hour with a $97 minimum. Out-of-State/Out-of-Country - $153 per credit hour with a $200 minimum. The minimum required classes for EMT certification are six credit hours, for paramedic it is 42 credit hours.

There are several other costs not covered by tuition.

  • Books
  • These additional fees are added to tuition during registration in the relevant class/module:
    Liability insurance group plan
    FISDAP - Skills Tracker
    ACLS Card
    AMLS Card
    PHTLS Card
    PEPP/GEMS Cards
    FISDAP - Testing
    Wilderness Rescue, High Angle and Tactical Medic field trip
    Advanced procedures (cadaver) lab
    $75
    $55 (paramedic only)
    $5 (paramedic only)
    $15 (paramedic only)
    $15 (paramedic only)
    No fee (paramedic only)
    $20 (paramedic only)
    $85-100 (paramedic only)
    $100 (paramedic only)
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  • These fees are paid to outside agencies:
    Texas Dept. of State Health Services
    National Registry of EMTs
    NR Skills Testing Site Fee
    Texas DSHS certification background check
    $60-126
    $20- 110
    $160 -250 (paramedic only)
    $45

 

 

When do I do my clinical rotations?
It depends on the program that you are in. If you are in our EMT course, you start your clinical (hospital) after mid-term, followed by the internship (ambulance) after the final exam. These will last at least to the end of the semester. For paramedic, the clinical (hospital) starts after completion of the cardiology mid-term (EMSP 2444). These continue until the cognitive final (EMSP 2143). The internship (ambulance) follows and it is comprised of a minimum of eleven 24-hour shifts. After completion of internships all paramedic candidates must successfully pass the capstone written exam (currently through FISDAP). This makes a candidate eligible to sit for the NREMT national test. Completion of that test makes candidates eligible to apply for certification with the TX Dept. of State Health Services.