Have you always wanted a career helping others?  Are you passionate about making a difference? An emergency medical services (EMS) certificate from Panola College can prepare you for certification in a health care field that can lead to a career in EMS or other related fields.  Each year in the US, about 240 million calls are made to 911 for emergency medical assistance, which means just about every minute someone urgently needs help, your help.  If you qualify, next time you could be the one receiving a call for emergency help.  Are you ready?The Panola College Emergency Medical Services program:

  • Combines classroom lectures and lab skills with real time clinical patient treatment experience in hospitals and on ambulances.  EMS training at Panola College utilizes modern classroom facilities and state-of-the-art skills laboratory equipment to prepare students to be competent and qualified Emergency Medical personnel;

  • Provides live hospital clinical and 911 ambulance (EMS) patient-care experiences to give students practical experience in the workplace during training.  Students apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in the real life patient treatment situations, supervised by experienced clinical faculty and preceptors; and 

  • Taught by faculty carefully selected based on their knowledge, teaching abilities, previous education, and EMS field experience.  Panola College EMS faculty are committed to student success by providing quality education and training.  Many are well known and highly respected throughout the EMS community.

Paramedic Program Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the paramedic program, the student is eligible to sit for the NREMT Certification Examination.

2018 72.7% 100% 72.7%

Pass rate is based on first-time attempt.

The positive placement rate, as defined by CAAHEP based on graduates of the paramedic program who are reporting working in either a full-time or part-time position as a paramedic within twelve months of graduation, continuing their education, or serving in the military.

Emergency Medical Services Program Requirements

EMS practitioners are held to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.  This expectation extends to education programs, their faculty, students, clinical affiliates and EMS services.  Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate good professional characteristics to be eligible for entry and licensure with TDSHS.

Background Check and Drug Screening

The State of Texas and our EMS program require you provide a current (within 1 year) criminal background check and drug screen. This will be scheduled during the Orientation.

Texas Administration Code Background Statement

**Note: Pursuant to Rule 157.12 for the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), a person who has any arrests, criminal charges or indictments, criminal investigations, motions to revoke probation, etc. of any crime may be disqualified from obtaining licensure as an EMS Professional. 

If you have any questions regarding past incidents, contact the TDSHS at their website https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/default.shtm or you can call them at (512) 834-6700. 

 EMS Program Information Sessions and Mandatory Semester Orientation

All EMS students (new and returning) must attend one program information session and the mandatory semester orientation prior to course start date (Session dates and times located on EMS Program Web Page).

 Update Immunizations

All immunizations must be current and must not expire during the program. 

  • Tetanus (td/tdap) [within the past 5 years]
  • TB (PPD) skin test (must show date given - date checked with results), Chest X-ray (within 4 years), or Quantiferon test [within the past 9 months]
  • Seasonal flu shot 
  • 2 MMR shots or titer that shows immunity
  • 2 Varicella shots or titer that shows immunity
  • HEP B series of 3 shots or titer that shows immunity
  • Physical Examination (Form given to you when you register)