NTCC becomes EMS National Registry testing site

The Northeast Texas Community College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program is pleased to announce that NTCC is now a testing site for the National Registry (NR), which is the certifying agency for EMS personnel nationwide. This opportunity for onsite testing will provide NTCC program graduates and other qualified individuals at all levels of EMS training with a local option to take their professional exams.

“We are very excited to become a testing site, as it makes our program truly a "one-stop shop" for students who take our program courses. In the past, our graduates have had to incur significant expenses and travel quite extensive distances to take their exams. This wasn’t ideal for numerous reasons and we are happy to be able to remove that barrier,” Deborah Grantham, NTCC EMS Program Director, said.  

When students complete their coursework here and are approved by the National Registry by submitting course completion documents and a testing fee, they will now be able to schedule through the NR, the written part of their exams (both EMT's & Paramedics) to be taken here, which are administered through the NTCC Testing Center.

NTCC EMS was also recently approved to be a psychomotor-approved testing site for the practical exam for those students at the Paramedic level. This exam requires students at the end of their training to test all of their clinical skills in a simulated environment and will now be available beginning in August of this year. 

“The demand for seats in all levels of NR exams (both written and psychomotor) is very high. Some students have had to wait for months and travel hundreds of miles to take these exams.  We believe that offering these locally will greatly assist our students in more convenient options and thus we hope increase our graduates’ chance for success,” Grantham said. 

The NTCC EMS Program offers training towards an A.A.S. in EMS as well as two levels of certificates. These certificates include: EMT-Basic Level I Certificate and the Paramedic Level II Certificate. To learn more about these options, visit www.ntcc.edu/ems or contact Ms. Grantham at 903-434-8320 or dgrantham@ntcc.edu.