General FAQs

What is a hybrid course?

“Hybrid” or “Blended” are names commonly used to describe courses in which some traditional face-to-face “seat time” has been replaced by online learning activities. The purpose of a hybrid course is to take advantage of the best features of both face-to-face and online learning. A hybrid course is designed to integrate face-to-face and online activities so that they reinforce, complement, and elaborate one another, instead of treating the online component as an add-on or duplicate of what is taught in the classroom.

Southwest EMS Academy offers a self-paced course as well as a structured “hybrid” or a blended class. If you enroll in our hybrid course, this means you will attend classes during set dates and times. The hybrid course includes live online lectures with an instructor and in-person skill sessions. Please view the available course listings for a schedule that will fit your needs.

Is this course approved by the NREMT?

Yes, This program has been approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and meets the requirements for licensure in Texas and graduates from our program are eligible to take the NREMT examinations to become nationally certified. The NREMT requires programs to be state approved prior to allowing you to register in their system.

Is this course only for students who live in Texas?

No, students from all over the country are invited to participate in SWEMSA’s course offerings. At the successful completion of the course you will be given the ability to sit for the National Registry of EMTs exam. Once you have successfully completed the National exam, you will apply for your EMT certification in your home state.

What are the prerequisites?

You must be 18 years or older PRIOR to the start of skills testing. Students who do not meet this requirement can start the online portion but cannot attend the EMS Skills Camp until they are at least 18 years of age. Keep in mind that the entire course, including skills, has to be completed within one year of registration.

Have a high school diploma or GED; if the student is a senior in high school, they must have a letter from their school counselor confirming their expected graduation date.

Complete and pass a criminal background check as well as a drug screen through our contracted service provider no more than 30 days prior to arriving at our facility for EMS Skills Camp or any campus event.

Submit proof of required immunizations.

You must be currently certified in Healthcare provider CPR before attending the Clinical Ride Out Phase. Those that are not certified will have the opportunity to complete this step while attending the skills camp for an additional fee.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Courses start monthly and can range from 2-12 months in length. The majority of the course is self paced so it is up to the student as to how much time is required for completion. The course must be completed within 12 months of your start date.

Where is the Skills Boot Camp located?

Our skills boot camp takes place on our campus in Burnet, Texas. We are located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country approximately 40 miles west of downtown Austin. We are conveniently located about an hour from Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

How long is the Skills Boot Camp?

Our Travelers Skills Boot Camp takes place during one week, Monday morning thru Friday afternoon.

Our Locals Skills Boot Camp takes place in the evenings from 6-10 pm over a three week period.

I am flying in to attend the Skills Boot Camp where should I stay?

If you’re not local to the area and need a place to stay, there are several hotels near our facility. We suggest checking travel sites such as to find the best price. They are:

  • Comfort Inn & Suites Burnet
  • Best Western Post Oak Inn
  • Motel 6 Marble Falls
  • Best Western Marble Falls Inn
  • Quality Inn Marble Falls
  • Hampton Inn Marble Falls-On The Lake
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Marble Falls
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel Marble Falls

Another option is using Airbnb to rent a room or entire home during your stay.

If you need any help finding a place to stay or some advice on a location in the city, please let us know!

What happens after I complete the class?

All students who successfully complete the SWEMSA course will then be scheduled for a Skills Boot Camp which will take place at our campus. Once a student arrives on campus they will be taught all of the hands on skills that are needed to be a successful EMT. At the completion of the Skills Boot Camp, students will meet with one of our Clinical Counselors to schedule their internship portion of the class.

Internships are scheduled per student and at the location of SWEMSA contracted clinical and field sites. At the completion of the internship process the student will be checked off to sit for the National Registry of EMTs exam.

Do I get to ride along in a real ambulance or fire truck?

All students are required to ride along in our internship program with an EMS agency that they select from our approved locations. These rideouts tend to be the highlight of most EMT students educational career.

Do you offer a payment plan or financing?

  1. You may utilize Paypal Financing as a third party financing option or call our office at 512-575-8100 to choose our in-house payment plan for the Self Paced EMT Course.
  2. Southwest EMS Academy Payment Plan:
    • Self Paced EMT Course Tuition $1900
    • Administrative processing fee $175
    • Total is $2075

Payment Plan Breakdown:

  • $700 down payment due at registration
  • Four $343.75 monthly payments due within the first 5 months of program registration


  • Students can begin the class while making payments
  • Payments are due the first of the month
  • If not paid by the 10th day of the month, a $50 reactivation fee is charged
  • Students will not be able to attend live reviews or progress in the course until payment and reinstatement fee has been received
  • Complete balance must be paid prior to attending skills boot camp
  • Full tuition must be paid in 5 months

Do I need a high speed internet connection?

It is recommended that all students have access to a strong and stable internet connection. A large portion of the class is taken online so a good internet connection is very important.

What immunizations are required to attend the EMT program?

The attached form lists the vaccinations that are required to attend the EMT program.

Immunization Requirements

NOTE: If you are enrolling in our EMR program, immunizations are not required.

What are the EMT Admission Requirements?

What are the EMR Admission Requirements?