Paramedic Academy

Next Paramedic Course:

November 14 2015 Night Class T/Th 6:00p-10:00p & occasional Saturdays 9:30a-5:00p

March 28 2016 Day Class M/T/Th occasional Fridays 9:30a-5:00p

If you did not complete an Advanced EMT course through EMTS Academy, or if your Advanced EMT 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.

Next Advanced EMT Course:

October 10 2015 Night Class M/W 6:00p-10:00p & alternating Sat. 9:30a-5:00p

October 19 2015 Day Class M/T/Th occasional Fridays 9:30a-5:00p

*the Oct 19 2015 class ends before the March 28 2016 Paramedic class begins

Recertification, Refresher and Remedial Classes

Will your NREMT expire on March 31, 2016?  You need a recertification class that meet the CEU requirements.


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 3/31/16 if your last recert was on 3/31/12


CPR Classes

CPR Classes are held monthly on Saturdays from 9:30am until 3:00pm.  Your seat can be reserved during your EMS course registration appointment.

If you are in need of an AHA HCP CPR class and are not an EMS course student, you can reserve a seat by calling 512-255-3687

EMTS Faculty


Medical Director: Richard N. Bradley, MD, FACEP


Dr. Richard Bradley is Chief of the Division of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, which includes a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services.  Before this assignment, he accumulated seven years of experience as Medical Director or Chief of Service at two major hospital Emergency Centers in Houston. Dr. Bradley is a 1990 graduate of Santa Clara University.  He completed his medical training at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1994.  Before graduating from college, Dr. Bradley accumulated ten years’ experience as a firefighter, paramedic, and 9-1-1 dispatcher.  Since graduating from medical school, he has completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Stanford-Kaiser Combined Emergency Medicine Program and a Fellowship in Emergency Medical Services with the Houston Fire Department. Richard N. Bradley, MD, LP, FACEP serves as the Chief of the Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine at the University of Texas, Medical School at Houston.  His research interests are in the field of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine.  He has over thirty years of out-of-hospital experience, including over a decade serving as a paramedic in a 9-1-1 system.  He completed his fellowship in EMS with the Houston Fire Department (HFD) and served as an Assistant Medical Director for HFD for eight years.  He continues to serve as the EMS medical director for a number of local EMS agencies.  He has over fifteen years’ experience in the FEMA Urban Search & Rescue system, and currently serves as a Medical Team Manager with Texas Task Force One and is the Deputy Medical Officer for the FEMA White Incident Support Team.  He has authored numerous peer reviewed publications and frequently presents his work around the country.  He is a regular reviewer for several scientific publications and he is the chairman of the CPR sub-council of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council as well as being a board member of the Citizen CPR Foundation.

Dr. Bradley served as the Assistant Medical Director of the Houston Fire Department for eight years.  He currently serves as the EMS Medical Director for the Harris County Hospital District and for San Jacinto College.  He has seventeen years of experience in the Air National Guard, where he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is assigned to the 147th Medical Group in Houston.  He has completed four military deployments overseas and served as the senior Critical Care Air Transport Physician in Iraq for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He also has extensive experience in Disaster Medicine and currently has additional duties as Associate Director for EMS Preparedness for the UT Health Science Center at Houston’s Center for Emergency Research.  He has been a member of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue System for sixteen years.  He currently serves as a Medical Team Manager for Texas Task Force One and as the Deputy Medical Officer for the FEMA national Incident Support Team. His deployments include the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery, and Hurricanes Katrina and Ike.  He also continues to serve as a firefighter for the Pearland Fire Department.  Dr. Bradley holds his TDSHS EMS Instructor certification.


EMS Program Director and Advanced Course Coordinator:

Matt Nealand, BS, TDSHS Licensed Paramedic, 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 EMT, TDSHS EMS Educator, NAEMSE Instructor II




Clinical Coordinator:

Don Rose, TDSHS Licensed Paramedic





Talyn Santiago, Student Adviser




EMS Instructors:

John Gonzales, TDSHS 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, TDSHS Licensed Paramedic




Don Rose, TDSHS Licensed Paramedic





Nathan Rasmussen, TDSHS EMT Paramedic, EMS Educator





Nolan Nichols, TDSHS EMT Paramedic





Kevin Nicholes, TDSHS EMT Paramedic





Andrew Lyman, TDSHS 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.


Mark Bowman, TDSHS EMT Paramedic





John Donohoe, TDSHS EMT Paramedic





Heath Holt, TDSHS EMT Paramedic





Trevor Burrier, TDSHS EMT Paramedic





Charles Johnson, TDSHS EMT Paramedic





Andrew Karaffa, TDSHS EMT Paramedic





Cindy Lopez, TDSHS EMT Paramedic










Daniel Terrell, TDSHS EMT