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Become a Paramedic in Texas

how to become a paramedicSo you’re wondering about how to become a paramedic in the Lone Star State? I applaud you! This short post should help to give you the required info to accomplish your hopes and dreams.  This is also a great article on how to become an EMT as well.

We’ll begin by giving you the important information most people (not you of course) want first: a paramedic’s salary in Missouri. Isn’t that what we all want to know before we climb into the driver’s seat of our future career? But consider that this info may vary from your current expectations due to contract agreements, comprehension, education, and many other factors. BUT…you are always welcome to ask for a higher yearly income! :)

Paramedic Salary Info

The median salary for a paramedic in Texas is $30,650. Although this may be different than you first thought, EMTs and paramedics are often paid on an hourly basis (which in Texas, the median hourly pay is $14.74/hr) and get tons of overtime which could provide you with well over $40K/yr. Not to mention the benefits (depending upon what organization you are with).

Texas Department of State Health Services Info

EMS and Trauma Systems Coordination Office
P.O. Box 149347,  MC 1876
Austin, TX 78714
Telephone: (512) 834-6737

Basic state requirements

For every state you must first meet these requirements:

1. Be at least 18 years of age
2. Possess a high school diploma or GED
3. Possess a current state-specific driver’s license

How to Become a Paramedic in Texas:

1. First successfully complete a DSHS (Dept. of State Health Services) approved training course.

2. Submit your EMS Personnel Application and fee.  See below for the links.

3. Pass the NREMT exam.  Here’s how to apply.

4.  To gain paramedic licensure, you must complete 1-3 and submit proof of either a 2 or 4 year EMS degree in any specific field.

5.  Submit fingerprints to FAST (Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas).  Go here to schedule a fingerprinting.

6. Pay any fees that are applicable to the documentation (i.e. application, licensure)

Additional Information for Becoming a Paramedic

Texas has 5 levels of certification.  The certification levels and Continued Education within the EMS (Emergency Medical Service) of Texas that you must pass to become a certified paramedic from beginning to end include:

* For any of these forms, print, fill out, and mail into the address above

1. Emergency Care Attendant

2. EMT-Basic

3. EMT-Intermediate (this stage is now optional)

4.  EMT-Paramedic

5.  Licensed Paramedic (possessing a college degree)

Computer Testing

You can choose to take the exam on the computer if it’s eligible in Texas. Pearson Vue allows you to locate a testing center in your area.

Renewal of Licensure

If you’re in need of renewing your Texas license or for recertification, this is the link for the application.

Training Centers

Contact the field office to find more information regarding the Texas-approved training programs available to you.

If you’d like more information for the state of Texas, leave a comment below and I’ll update or respond asap. Thanks!

We hope this article helped in teaching you how to become a paramedic in Texas.  :)

Best of success to you!

3 Responses so far.

  1. Rudy Bueno says:

    To whom it may concern,

    I have some questions I’m hoping someone can answer for me. I live in San Antonio,T.X. Where can I get training as an emergency care attendant. Are there any hospitals or the American Red Cross that I need to go to. The Internet just seems to send you in so many different directions and is not helpful. I would like to start emt training. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you
    Rudy Bueno

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