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, 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 “A” shift-based class in the fall and spring that follows the firefighter schedule. It is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on local “A” 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 and runs 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). VA card is acceptable.
  • CPR card, with expiration after course of studies (until program completion). The only accepted sources are 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. We can also register you in the EMS office.
  • 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 for paramedic.
  • 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 fire and non-fire ambulance stations (internship completion time varies by individual, it is not guaranteed). Night program takes approximately an extra one and a half months. Our Fast-track program (limited enrollment) lasts seven months.

When is your next paramedic class starting?
We offer our paramedic course three times a year. Our “B” shift-based class starts every August, and is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on “B” shift days. The required anatomy & physiology class for Paramedics starts in June. 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 Fast-track classes start every October, March and August (varies) and is from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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 essential for success and handling of the course workload, and 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.

Can I take Anatomy and Physiology outside of the DCCCD system?
Yes, Paramedic students who have previously completed A&P1 and A&P2 (must be on official transcript) may challenge EMSP 2471 (A&P for Paramedics) via a credit by exam.

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 our Student Health Nurse.

Where can I take a CPR course?
Anywhere that offers a hands-on Professional Rescuer CPR (ARC) or Health Care Provider (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 - $59 per credit hour. Other Texas Residents - $111 per credit hour. Out-of-State/Out-of-Country - $174 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 during registration in the corresponding class/module:

    Liability insurance DCCCD group plan$13 per semester (all EMS students)
    FISDAP - Scheduler and Secure Testing$68.25 (Paramedic)
    ACLS Card$5 (Paramedic)
    AMLS Card$15 (Paramedic)
    PHTLS Card$15 (Paramedic)
    PEPP/GEMS CardsNo fee (Paramedic)
    Wilderness Rescue, High Angle and Tactical Medic field trip$85-100 (Paramedic)
    Advanced procedures (cadaver) lab$135 (Paramedic)
    NR Skills Testing Site Fee$250 (Paramedic)
  • These fees are paid to outside agencies directly by the student (agencies may change at their discretion):

    Texas Dept. of State Health Services certification$60 (EMT); $126 (Paramedic)
    Texas DSHS certification fingerprint background check$75 (all students)
    National Registry of EMTs$80 (EMT); $125 (Paramedic)

When do I do my clinical rotations?
It depends on your specific cohort. If you are in our EMT course, you start your clinical (hospital) at the end of the didactic/lab portion (EMSP 1501). These will last at least to the end of the semester. For paramedic, the clinical (hospital) starts after completion of the cardiology exam (EMSP 2444). These continue until the cognitive final (EMSP 2137). 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. Those with an AAS-Paramedicine are eligible to apply for a license with the State.