The average time to become an EMT in Texas is approximately 15 weeks. At least that is an estimate based upon the length of traditional semester-based training courses, but like many answers to many questions, the real answer is “it depends.”
The length of time of an EMT training program is different from the time it takes to become fully licensed, and there are a few steps that take some time that are unrelated to your course.
For example, it takes approximately a month after you apply to receive your license from the Texas Department of State Health Services, and you cannot apply until you have been registered as an EMT with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. You must also be fingerprinted, which means if you have not already done so, you may have to wait on that process. All of this effort comes only after you have completed a state approved EMT course and registered with NREMT.
If your course doesn’t include a Texas EMS Jurisprudence certification, or if you are a registered EMT moving to Texas from another state, you will need to complete a Texas EMS Jurisprudence Course. Texas EMS Schools EMT course includes the Texas EMS Jurisprudence Certification.
How Long Does it Take to Complete a Texas EMT Course?
You will often see the answer to this question expressed as a certain number of hours. For example, X number of hours of instruction, X number of hours in labs, and X number of hours in field or clinical experiences. The truth is these numbers vary greatly among approved Texas courses and you may wish to ask detailed questions when you are interviewing schools to attend.
The Texas EMS School EMT course for example is based upon a specific number of hours but is also competency based. That means that while there is a minimum number of hours you must spend with the curriculum, and there are maximum time-frames the amount of time you actually spend completing the course is more about you and your circumstances than it is a set number of weeks. There are no mandatory times that you must “attend.” Instead you are simply asked to demonstrate competency by interacting with the Axon Adaptive Learning System.