Notice to Students Regarding Licensing – Paramedic
Effective September 1st 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify you a potential or enrolled student that a criminal history may make you ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion.
The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements. https://www.dshs.texas.gov/emstraumasystems/qicriminal.shtm
Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential Paramedic License prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation.”
This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense.
Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.
The Paramedic Program is intended for students who are interested in helping and treating patients to the highest level of care outside of the hospital by providing information and skill training to initiate and maintain treatment for medical, trauma, and cardiac emergencies. Prospective students should have interest in pathophysiology of disease, mathematical competence and be able to function effectively in a dynamic work environment. A paramedic must:
- Be a confident leader who can accept the challenge and high degree of responsibility entailed in the position.
- Have excellent judgment
- Be able to prioritize decisions and act quickly in the best interest of the patient.
- Be self disciplined
- Be able to develop patient rapport and utilize communication unique to diverse multicultural groups and ages.
The Paramedic is the highest level of emergency responder training. The Paramedic diploma offers a comprehensive course of study that prepares the graduate to sit for the EMT and Paramedic certification examinations as well as meeting the requirements for the A.A.S. degree. Information on Protective Services Testing.
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) curriculum includes a combination of class lectures, skills, and clinical hours in the hospital and the ambulance. Navarro College’s EMS programs meet Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and The National Registry of EMT required for certification eligibility. Upon successful completion of the emergency medical services programs (EMT or Paramedic certificates) students must be eligible to challenge TDSHS’ required national Registry of EMT/Paramedic certification examination. A criminal background check and a drug screening is required of all Protective Services students enrolling in programs. An applicant convicted of a felony and/or misdemeanor offense may or may not be eligible for participation and/or state certification. Any applicant who has drug screening returned as questionable or positive, must follow the program’s policies of speaking with a Medical Review Officer and may or may not be dismissed from the program.
The Navarro College EMS program is accredited by:
Texas Department of State Health Services EMS and Trauma Systems
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78765-3199
Office: (512) 458-7111
The Navarro College Paramedic program is accredited by Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Rowlett, Texas 75088
Office: (214) 703-8445
Fax: (214) 4703-8992
See the Navarro College Catalog for degree plans for:
A.A.S. in Advanced Paramedic
EMT Basic Certificate (Institutional Certificate)
See the Navarro College Catalog for course listings at www.navarrocollege.edu/courses
Hospital Emergency departments
Industrial Health and Safety departments
Public Safety agencies
Fall program (August – July)
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Spring program (January 2014 – February 2015)
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., shift class
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