Texas State Funding
Texas State Funding
- To support the field of emergency medical services (EMS), the Texas Legislature is providing $21.7 million to distribute towards funding EMS education and retention.
- Scholarships are available based on documented need, with special attention given to rural and underserved areas within Texas. Courses can be in-person, online, or hybrid.
- Scholarships are provided by DSHS to approved EMS education programs or licensed EMS providers as part as a part of the Texas Healthcare Relief Grant.
Frequently Asked Questions
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How much funding is available per student for education?
- A: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): $2,000
- A: Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT): $3,200
- A: Paramedic Education: $8,000
Where can I obtain information about EMS or EMSE training scholarships that are available in my area of the state?
- A: Contact the School of EMS either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) 390-5081 Option #1 for further information regarding your area. The School of EMS has unique relationships with employers and RAC staff across the State of Texas.
What can be paid for using scholarship funds?
- A: Scholarship funds can be used towards your education, education material and the ability to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examination for the first time only.
What cannot be paid for using scholarship funds?
- A: Scholarship funds cannot be used towards your student uniform, lab coat, required equipment, etc. or towards your state certification.
Can I receive education to move from Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) consecutively, and receive funding?
- A: Yes.
Can I receive education to move from Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to Paramedic without taking the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) first, and receive funding?
- A: Yes, the School of EMS has an EMT to Paramedic program.
I have one year left on my volunteer/employment obligation in this program. I accept another job offer with an out-of-state ambulance. What happens?
- A: Contact the Regional Advisory Council office or the EMS-Trauma Systems Unit. Funding will need to be returned to the sponsoring agency or entity.
If I’m working or volunteering for a DSHS-licensed EMS provider on an ambulance, community paramedic program, or special event response, will these hours count toward my service requirement?
- A: Yes, so long as you are working or volunteering for a current Texas-licensed EMS provider.