Texas EMS Academy opens in Corpus Christi

Posted at 5:23 AM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-15 06:23:17-04

It is a profession crucial to saving lives, but one that often goes under-served. We are talking about Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).

And with a shortage of paramedics, a local E.M.T. academy has opened and hopes to help with this problem.

The Texas EMS Academy has set up a fast-track program that can get you certified in 14 days. 

This new program requires some commitment, and you have to have a desire to serve others; however, it’s an opportunity to take that first step in becoming a first responder. 

"Texas EMS Academy is an opportunity for people to come in and start a career, not only out of high school, but of all ages. This is an opportunity to get your EMT that we also offer in a 14-day program or 30-day program to be a nationally certified EMT," said Texas EMS Academy Program Director Rey Rabagos. 

Students enrolled in the Texas EMS Academy class aren’t just practicing CPR, they are preparing for real-life challenges using current technology and techniques during the 14-days of hands-on training. 

"We do more like a boot camp academy that we are going to provide to the students. It makes that camaraderie and more of the intense pace to where students enjoy their job and enjoy trying to help others," said Rabagos. 

The academy is taught by veteran EMS professionals. 

"The instructors that we have here, they are about 15 years or more experienced, not only from the field, but also instruction time as well," said Rabagos. 

Jobs requiring EMS and EMT certifications are in dire need of workers both locally and nationwide so it is truly is a win-win. 

"There is never a time where you don’t need public safety. We always need to help the public in every need. The more EMTs out there, the more firefighters, the more police officers out there, that is what the public really needs," said Rabagos. 

Their 14-Day accelerated EMS program is the fastest in the state. This program is 14 days straight (including weekends) from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM. These 14 days include classroom lecture and clinical hours both on an ambulance and in the emergency room. 

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