EMS115 – 160.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or esti@teex.tamu.edu to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

Are you ready to start a career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS)? The initial certification EMT program may be your answer. Based on the National Standard Curriculum core competencies, this course meets or exceeds minimum hours and content established by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

The course includes 160 hours of classroom lectures and hands-on skills, with 48 hours of hospital clinical experiences and 72 of EMS ambulance internship.

Students successfully completing the didactic and clinical components of this program will be eligible to receive a course completion certificate and take the National Registry Cognitive Exam. 

This course is also offered at night as EMS110.

Please note: Background checks are required for clinical and field rotations. Certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services or other certifying entity is independent of the TEEX EMS program and its training.


Applicants should meet the following physical requirements:

  • Should be able to lift and carry 125 pounds

To complete your application process to the EMT program, you must do the following:

    • If you wish to utilize a third party payee (VA, Meritize, Sallie Mae, etc.), please visit our Funding Services page and arrange for payment before moving to the next step in the registration process.
    • Pay the $75 non-refundable application fee through the TEEX website
    • Be a high school graduate or passed a GED test
    • Be at least 17 years of age (must be 18 to be certified by Texas DSHS), to be verified through a governmentally issued identification
    • Complete the Participant Enrollment Agreement. You will need to either:
      • download the file and electronically sign
      • print the file, physically sign, and scan the document
    • Upload all three documents, in as few files as possible, to your student portal account on the TEEX website within 14 days of paying your application fee
    • You will be contacted by a staff member of the EMS Program to obtain your final class payment and to complete your registration process.

      Once you have paid your final class payment, you are officially registered in the program. At that point, applicants must provide the following:

    • Then set up an account at CastleBranch, which will cost $90, to submit the following:
      • A current CPR Certification (Basic Life Support for Provider certification provided by American Heart Association or American Red Cross only)
      • A copy of a drivers license or form of government-issued identification
      • High school diploma or GED certificate
      • A criminal background check covering the last 7 years will be initatied by CastleBranch upon account creation and payment
      • A drug screening coordinated through CastleBranch upon account creation
      • Proof of the following vaccines:
        • Measles, Mumps, Rubella: 2 vaccines or positive titer
        • Varicella (chicken pox): 2 vaccines or positive titer
        • Hepatitis B: 3 vaccines or positive titer (series in process with two vaccinations completed will be accepted)
        • Tuberculosis (TB): one of the following within the last six months:
          • 1 step TB skin test
          • QuantiFERON Gold blood test
          • T-spot blood test
          • Interferon – Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) blood test
          • Negative check x-ray with physician documentation stating you are TB free
        • Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination within last 10 years
        • Flu: vaccination for the current flu season
      • COVID-19 vaccination
        • Meningitis: proof within the last five years if under the age of 30 (additional information about meningitis)

Course Completion Requirements

Textbook Package Options

The TEEX EMT Program is currently using the Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 11th edition textbook.

You have the choice of 2 packages, one with a hard copy book and the other with a digital e-book. In addition to the textbook, both packages include online instructional resources, FISDAP Skills Tracking, 6 FISDAP EMT Unit Exams, and the FISDAP Comprehensive Final Exam at a package discounted rate. The additional resources will NOT be included if you purchase the textbook from another source.

EMT Package with printed textbook – $291.71

EMT Package without printed textbook (ebook only) – $241.46

Uniform and Personal Equipment

  • Light Blue Class B Uniform Shirt
  • Gray TEEX EMS program T-shirt available from Barker Productions
  • Navy blue or black uniform style pants (example: Dickies, Dockers or 5.11 type)
  • Closed toe shoes or boots that can be polished (non-tennis shoe type)
  • Black Belt
  • Stethoscope

You can also purchase as many T-shirts as you would like to be worn under the Class B uniform shirt; these can be worn during skills practice. These items can be purchased from Barker Productions online at www.barkerproductions.com or by visiting the gift shop in building 11 of the Brayton Fire Training Field.

Clinical Uniforms

Clinical shirts and ID’s will be provided to you and are part of your course fees.

Attendance Requirements

Class attendance is an essential part of the education process and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. This course requires participants to attend a minimum of 90% of the didactic hours as a component of successful course completion. This means you are allowed to miss a maximum of 16 hours of classroom time to still be eligible to continue to the next phase of training. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirements, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.


  • Patient assessment
  • Hazardous Materials (HazMat)
  • Basic pharmacology
  • Trauma/Shock
  • Medical emergencies
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

Suggested Audience

Any individual wanting to pursue certification as an EMT

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.

  • 120.00 hours – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

Other Information


The class meets three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

The 280 total hours are divided into:

  • 160 hours of lecture/skills lab
  • 48 hours of hospital clinical rotation
  • 72 hours of ambulance internship

The hospital and ambulance rotations begin during the classroom portion of the class. You will have up to two months after the last day of class to complete all class, clinical, and hospital requirements.


A slow-paced night EMS course is also available.


ACE information

The TEEX EMT-Basic programs have been approved for Semester Credit Hours through the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE recommends, in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, six semester hours in Health Science, Allied Health, Emergency Medical Care or Fire Science.

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