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.

Admission Criteria 

High School Diploma -All students must have a high school diploma or GED, or be a senior and enrolled in high school.

CPR -  AHA CPR-Health Care Provider is a requirement before completing the course and beginning clinical rotations (if applicable). CPR is included as part of the course information and ALL students will be held accountable for this information. 

Healthy Screening Evaluation - For students participating in clinical rotations, all students must undergo a baseline physical examination. Students will be given these forms during the first day of class. A baseline physical exam evaluates a student’s current healthy status. This is crucial in the unlikely event of a Blood Borne Pathogen exposure for which the student will require follow-up screening and evaluation. The student MUST also provide proof of immunizations as outlined in section 150.00 Immunizations of the policy and procedures manual. Contact the Program Director for a list of the required immunizations.

Drug Screen - All students will have a drug screening done prior to starting class. This is included in the Emergency Medical Technology program fees.

Criminal History -  All students will have a background check completed. Students who have a history of a Felony or a Class B Misdemeanor or higher should contact their instructor or course coordinator. In order to become certified the student’s criminal history must be evaluated if they have a history of an aforementioned conviction. Failure to report this criminal history can result in either certification probation or decertification. Criminal histories will be evaluated by National Registry and then again by DSHS. Passing one does not necessarily mean you will pass the other.

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