EMS Training

The Workforce & Continuing Education (WCE) Department offers specialized training courses that can get you started in a new career quickly or help you advance in your current career.  These are noncredit courses. They do not apply toward a credit degree, credit certificate, or academic transfer.  Many of the Workforce and Continuing Education courses can lead to a nationally recognized certificate or state credential.  Upon completion, students receive a Victoria College Certificate of Completion. Students are not required to apply for admission to the college or take entrance exams for these noncredit courses.

EMS Training

Victoria College's Emergency Medical Services training offers noncredit courses that lead to Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) certifications, as well as courses in Health Care Provider CPR, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and International Trauma Life Support (ITLS).

For more information about any of the courses listed below, including specific course dates, times, and admission requirements, please view the current Allied Health Continuing Education EMS Training Schedule. Students can register and pay in person in the Allied Health Building room 100, or via mail by filling out the EMS Training pdf registration form and submitting with payment.

Questions?  Please call (361) 572-6426 or email Ricki.VanHorn@VictoriaCollege.edu

Emergency Care Attendant/First Responders

Emergency Care Attendants (ECA)/ First Responders are trained to provide basic emergency medical care. They are likely to be the first person to arrive at the scene of an incident. Many volunteer firefighters, police officers, and other emergency workers are trained to this level. The Emergency Care Attendants (ECA)/ First Responders represent the first component of the EMS system. Students successfully completing the ECA course are eligible to apply for certification with the Texas Department of Health of State Health Services (DSHS) as an Emergency Care Attendant. Topics include:

  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Transporting, lifting, and moving of patients
  • Airway management and oxygen administration
  • Patient assessment and vital signs
  • Basic Life Support (CPR) with AED training
  • Recognition of medical illnesses (diabetes, heart attack, seizures, stroke, shock, etc.)
  • Recognition of traumatic injuries (bleeding and open wounds, musculoskeletal injuries, internal injuries, etc.)
  • Caring and treatment for the medical illnesses and traumatic injuries


This course may be taken credit or noncredit.

An EMT-B is trained to care for patients at the scene of an emergency and transports patients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction. The EMT-B has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies. Students successfully completing the EMT-B lecture/lab course and the EMT-B Clinical course are eligible to apply for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic with the Texas Department of State Health Services and National Registry of EMT's. Topics include:

  • Medical, legal, and ethical issues
  • Airway management
  • Professional rescue CPR
  • Patient assessment (medical and trauma)
  • Medical emergencies (neurological, gastrointestinal, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, genitourinary/renal, cerebral vascular) 
  • Poisoning and substance abuse
  • Environmental emergencies (exposure to heat or cold, drowning)
  • Trauma emergencies (bleeding, shock, soft tissue injuries, musculoskeletal)
  • Childbirth
  • Pediatric emergencies
  • Lifting and moving patients
  • Vehicle extrication and special rescue
  • Incident management

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers - CPR

The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve
choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Topics include:

  • Adult, child rescue breathing
  • Adult, child CPR/AED – 1 Rescuer
  • Adult, child CPR/AED – 2 Rescuers
  • Adult, child relief of choking
  • Adult, child bag-mask use
  • Infant rescue breathing
  • Infant CPR
  • Infant relief of choking
  • Infant bag-mask use

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

In this classroom-based course, providers enhance their skills in treating adult victims of cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies, while earning their American Heart Association ACLS for Healthcare Providers Course Completion Card.  The course includes simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leaders. This course emphasizes the:

  • Importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival
  • Integration of effective basic life support with ACLS interventions
  • Importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

This course gives healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills to better recognize and treat critically ill infants and children. The course uses a scenario-based, team approach to teach pediatric emergency management of pediatric patients approaching or already in respiratory or cardiac arrest. Topics include:

  • Recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest
  • The systematic approach to pediatric assessment
  • Effective respiratory management
  • Validate skills for one and two person CPR and AED skills for infant and child
  • Defibrillation and synchronized administration
  • Intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration
  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics

International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)

ITLS is accepted internationally as the standard training course for prehospital trauma care and is used as an essential curriculum in many paramedic, EMT, and first-responder training programs. This course combines classroom and hands-on skills stations. Topics include:

  • Patient assessment and management of the trauma patient
  • Basic and advanced airway management
  • Needle chest decompression and fluid resuscitation
  • Spinal motion restriction and Rapid Extrication
  • Extremity immobilization and traction splint application

Online courses

VC also offers Workforce & Continuing Education courses online. See the schedule here.



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