Paramedic Academy

Next Advanced EMT Course:

April 4 2014 Night Academy T/Th 6:00p-10:00p & alternating Sat. 9:30a-5:00p

This course must be taken prior to enrolling in the October 31 2015 Paramedic course


Next Paramedic Course:

October 31 2015 Night Academy T/Th 6:00p-10:00p & alternating Sat. 9:30a-5:00p

If you did not complete your AEMT course through EMTS Academy, or if your course ended more than 12 months prior to the start of the paramedic course, you must pass the NRAEMT exam prior to enrolling, or hold a current NRAEMT certification.

Recertification, Refresher and Remedial Classes

Will your NREMT expire on March 31, 2015?  You need a recertification class that meet the CEU requirements. Visit our site again to view these schedules starting in January 2015.


Are you ready for the Transition?  Take the TDSHS Approved Transition Course online with for $75, regardless of EMS level.

FR to EMR: Complete by 9/30/15 if your last recertification was on 9/30/11

FR to EMR: Complete by 9/30/16 if your last recertification was on 9/30/12

EMT-B to EMT, EMT-I to AEMT, or EMT-P to Paramedic: Complete by 3/31/15 if your last recert was on 3/31/11

EMT-B to EMT, EMT-I to AEMT, or EMT-P to Paramedic: Complete by 3/31/16 if your last recert was on 3/31/12

EMTS Faculty


Medical Director:

Ryan Ramsey, MDRyan Ramsey, MD, FAAEM

Dr. Ramsey attended Abilene Christian University and graduated summa cum laude in 1997 with a BS in Biology.  He then went on to graduate from Texas A&M University College of Medicine in 2001.  After graduation, he remained in Temple for his residency training.  He was selected as chief resident his final year and graduated in 2004.  Dr. Ramsey then moved to Round Rock and began his career with Capitol Emergency Associates.  He has worked at Round Rock Medical Center and at St. David’s Hospital as a staff physician.  In 2007, he transferred to St. David’s Georgetown hospital to become the Quality Assurance Director.  He currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Emergency Department.  During his time in the Austin area, Dr. Ramsey has also worked as the Medical Director of Rediclinic in Leander, TX.  He has worked with Holland American Cruise Lines as a ship physician.  He also works with the University of Texas EMS system as a stadium physician during football games.  In his free time, Dr. Ramsey also does volunteer work with Williamson County EMS.  He has been the Medical Director of EMTS since 2010.

EMS Program Director and Advanced Course Coordinator:

Matt Nealand, BS, LP, TDSHS EMS Educator, NAEMSE Instructor II

Matt has been the Program Director for EMTS Academy since October 2008.  Matt has an extensive background working in fire departments and EMS agencies throughout the country.  Starting at a young age, he volunteered as a cadet for the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department.  He attended Western Illinois University and received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.  While at WIU, he received his Paramedic certification and lived at the Macomb Fire Department as a student firefighter.

In 1999, he moved to Austin and began working for Austin/Travis County EMS.  During his time working for Austin/Travis County, he ran over 10,000 EMS calls.  In addition, he gained experience in Special Operations areas such as high-angle, confined space, and swift-water rescue.  In 2003, Matt moved to Sitka, Alaska and worked as the EMS Captain.  He was in charge of all aspects of a small, rural fire-based EMS system.
Matt has recently retired from Williamson County EMS where he served 5 years as a Paramedic.  He is an EMS Instructor and a graduate of the National Fire Academy Management of EMS course.



Program Administrator:

Laura Nealand, TDSHS EMS Educator, NAEMSE Instructor II




Clinical Coordinator:

Don Rose, Licensed Paramedic





Sarah Rasmussen, Administrative Assistant




EMS Instructors:

John Gonzales, Licensed Paramedic

John Gonzales has been involved in medicine since 1992 when he joined the Army as a medic and earned his NREMT-B certification.  After leaving the army in 1999, John worked at the now University Medical Center Brackenridge in the Intermediate Care Unit and later at Seton Medical Center’s ED.  He then moved on to The Austin Diagnostic Clinic where he worked as a mid-level manager and was the Clinical Manager for the Orthopedics, Podiatry and Nephrology Departments.  John earned his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services and became a Licensed Paramedic in 2004.

John Currently works for Williamson County EMS where he is the Captain of Clinical Practices.  He is also a TDSHS EMS Instructor as well as a BLS, ACLS, PALS, EPC, PHTLS, AMLS, and CALS (Comprehensive Advanced Life Support) Instructor.  Also, John is a member of the American Heart Association’s ECC First Aid Subcommittee. Professional memberships include the National Association of EMS Physicians, the National Association of EMS Educators and the National Association of EMTs.

John recently joined EMTS from Temple College where he has actively been teaching EMS students since 2006. John enjoys teaching and preparing others to enter the ever changing and exciting world of EMS


Willem Van de Plas, Licensed Paramedic

- Bio Pending




Chris Marks, EMT-Paramedic

- Bio Pending





Don Rose, EMT Paramedic






Nathan Rasmussen, EMT Paramedic, EMS Educator






Nolan Nichols, EMT Paramedic






Kevin Nicholes, EMT Paramedic






Andrew Lyman, EMT , Firefighter

Drew left the U.S. Army as a combat arms officer in 2005 after serving multiple deployments home and abroad to pursue a firefighting career.  Currently Drew is a Firefighter, EMT and Technical Rescue Technician with Round Rock Fire Department and Rescue Specialist with Texas Task Force 1.  Drew has written and taught curriculum in technical rescue before becoming an instructor with EMTS Academy, first as a fire instructor then EMT skills instructor.

Drew holds a BA in History and a BS in Fire Science, thousands of hours in fire and specialized rescue training including: Rope, Swiftwater, Confined Space, Trench, Heavy Vehicle, Structural Collapse, Wide Area Search, and Enhanced Contaminated Environment Rescue.  He encourages all to never stop learning; continue to pursue endeavors, reach them and continuously set new goals.