Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education

Are you interested in a rewarding, challenging and fast-paced medical field that will always have job openings? One where you can make a difference in people’s lives? More than ever, the field of emergency medicine needs trained personnel for a wide variety of career paths.

EMT and paramedic training can be used in many careers where emergency medicine is required, including work in:

  • Emergency 911 services
  • Hospitals
  • Private ambulance services
  • Fire departments
  • Police departments

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following EMS jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

EMTs vs. Paramedics

The biggest differences between emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics are education and training, as well as the scope of what they are allowed to do. EMTs usually receive about 200 hours of training, while paramedics receive more than 1,000 hours of training.

An EMT is the first level of EMS education. EMT training can lead to and is a necessary prerequisite to enter the Paramedic education program.

Why is This a Good Career Bet? 

As a large segment of the population — aging members of the baby boom generation — becomes more likely to have medical emergencies, demand is increasing for EMTs and paramedics. Those with advanced education and certifications will have the most favorable job prospects, as patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital. 

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth increase of 29% for EMTs and paramedics, and 18% for firefighters, who often carry these certifications.  

See more about careers in Emergency Medical Services Education.

EMS Education Degree, Certificate and Certification Options

Richland College offers a continuing education EMT certification program. 

See all degree and certificate options.

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit dcccd.edu/hb1508.