Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Program Level: Certificates, Continuing Education
Department: Workforce Training Network
Institute: Public Service
College: SAC

Emergency Medical Technician is a term used to denote a healthcare provider of emergency medical services. EMTs are clinicians, trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes.

Alamo Colleges offers two pathways to become an EMT:

  • Academic (Semester Credit)
  • Non-Academic (Continuing Education)

Both programs are taught by the same instructors at the same time. The only difference in the programs is the type of “credit” you receive for attending. We refer to these as “Shared Courses” which are comprised of both semester credit and continuing education students. The EMT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Semester Credit students must apply for admission to the Alamo Colleges which requires you to complete the Apply Texas Application, Submit Transcripts, and be admitted; Continuing Education students do not. Semester Credit students have their coursework recorded on their Academic Transcript; Continuing Education students have their coursework recorded on the CE Transcript.

Why choose one over the other? For some the answer is convenience; for others, there may be a barrier registering as a Semester Credit student. Both programs qualify you to sit for the National Registry Exam that qualifies you to work as an EMT in Texas. It really depends on what works best for you.


  • Complete the EMT program application
  • Complete a Medical Terminology course prior to registration in the Emergency Medical Technician program. Find a CE course here: https://www.alamo.edu/academics/wtn/Search-for-Classes-register/ 
  • Attend a mandatory information session at San Antonio College.
  • The student must apply and confirm their attendance with the EMS staff at SAC first before attending the information session. Please call (210) 486-1502 to register

Link to the credit EMT program at San Antonio College: http://www.alamo.edu/sac/alldhlth/ems/

For more information please call 210-486-0401.

Enrollment Services

Workforce Training Network

Phone: 210-21ALAMO