Texas Department of State Health Services

You are a hero. You bring life into this world, and you hold the hand of those who depart. That’s a tough calling. At the end of the shift when you take off your uniform, you are an ordinary citizen, but the sights and sounds from the reality of your job don’t necessarily stay at work when you leave.

If you received a deep laceration while working in vain to save a critical car accident victim, you’d likely seek care and treatment for it. While physical injuries are easy to see in most instances, emotional wounds from the job are not as obvious, but they are no less real.

If you have noticed a change in your behavior or thoughts, or if you have any other symptoms of post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI), please reach out and talk to someone. DSHS has arranged for a confidential, dedicated line for first responders. Don’t wait. Call the Heroes Helpline at 1-833-367-4689 today.

We want you to know that you are not alone—we work together, and we fight together. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of your strength as a human and as a hero.





National Registry Extends 2020 Recertification Deadline; Modifies Requirements  

Columbus OH - As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians today announced two important modifications to the current recertification cycle for Nationally Registered EMS personnel.
The National Registry’s Board of Directors approved a motion extending the current recertification deadline from March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020.  Additionally, for Registrants due to recertify March 31, 2020 Distributive Education (DE) limitations will be removed. This allows all continuing education to be accomplished outside of classrooms. (If you are a military provider, please check with your service branch for further military specific guidance.)

“Given the dynamic nature of this global pandemic, the focus of our nation’s EMS personnel should remain on personal well-being, patient safety and supporting their communities in need,” said Bill Seifarth, Executive Director of the National Registry.
Summary of modifications

  • All certifications with an expiration date of March 31, 2020 will remain valid until June 30, 2020.
  • The current recertification deadline of March 31, 2020 extended to June 30, 2020.
  • There will be no late fees for submissions after March 31, 2020.
  • The Distributive Education (DE) limits will be waived for the remainder of this recertification cycle. However, if you need to take advantage of this new option, it will take time for our software to be modified.

“We know that there are still many unanswered questions as to how these changes will be implemented and how the closures of schools and universities will impact the pipeline of EMS personnel seeking to test,” said Bill Seifarth. “The Registry will take the necessary time to work with the State EMS Offices, Program Directors, and other stakeholders to properly address these issues and will share updates as information becomes available.”



The National Registry established a dedicated webpage where updates on the COVID-19 response will be published as information is available. 







Texas Jurisprudence Exam Course 

Jon Puryear, a respected and well known provider of EMS Refresher courses, has provided a CE (it’s 3 hours of credit) for the Texas Jurisprudence Exam Course on his website for $10.00.  

                Go to: https://www.jonpuryear.com/recorded-online-classes.html and scroll down to the bottom (it’s item #4)

 Read the instructions, click on the link that’s in red, then take the class. Once you have a certificate, you’re good for your next DSHS recertification cycle!

This class is a prerequisite for all EMS Online Training Plus Classes.

We're an online/hybrid EMS school. That means you can do the book work as you want, when you want (although there are DSHS mandated timelines!) and then meet with one of our instructional staff for skills training and testing. We do also offer traditional classes, so please contact us through the contacts page for that. And, we also offer card courses - lots of them. Browse the menus above to find out more, or reach out to us! We're here and happy to help.

  • EMS Classes (EMR, EMT, AEMT)

  • Card Classes (CPR, ACLS, PALS)

  • Card Class Skills (if you've done the online class)

  • NR Skills Verification for recertification

  • NR Skills Prep (contact us for details)


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El Paso, Texas 79901

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