Conditional Admission – Conditional Admission is achieved upon a candidate’s demonstrated compliance with a pre-defined set of Admission Standards. In EMS programs/courses Standards one (1) through seven (7) are considered Admission Standards. Students may begin coursework upon achieving Conditional Admission status while continuing to demonstrate the completion of Compliance Standards. Calculations related to financial obligations, refunds, Maximum Course Duration, Instructional Period, due dates, etc. are calculated strictly from the date of Conditional Admission. All financial obligations, refund calculations, deadlines, due dates are calculated using the date of Conditional Admission.
Full Admission – Full Admission is achieved when all Admission Standards have been met including the Compliance Standards. In EMS programs/courses Standards eight (8) through eleven (11) are considered Compliance Standards. Because it is the student’s responsibility to achieve Full Admission, failure to achieve Full Admission status does not impact financial obligations or the assignment of grades.
Continuing Admission – Continuing Admission is tested at the institution’s sole discretion to determine if the student remains compliant to the Compliance Standards. Continuing Admission may be tested at any point during the student’s tenure but is most commonly tested in programs, or combinations of programs/courses that have a duration longer than 12 months and require ongoing clinical experiences or field experiences. In EMS programs/courses Standards eight (8) through eleven (11) are considered Compliance Standards. Because it is the student’s responsibility to maintain Continuing Admission, failure to maintain Continuing Admission status does not impact financial obligations or the assignment of grades.
Students or alumni who have completed Axon programs/courses within the preceding 12 may be re-admitted under Continuing Admission requirements. Similarly, the institution may, on a case-by-case basis, choose to allow any Axon alumnus to demonstrate certain Admission Standards through previous admission attempts.
Conditional Admission allows a student to begin working on the course while providing the remaining documentation to be granted FULL Admission. Conditional Admission will be granted based upon compliance with Admission Standards one through seven.
Admission Standard 1 – Demonstrate that the candidate is at least 18 years of age or will turn 18 years of age prior to the Maximum Course Duration for the program/course. This standard must be demonstrated by submitting a copy of a government-issued photo-identification card which will also serve to verify student identity via a personal interview, video essay or face-to-face educational session.
Admission Standard 2 – Demonstrate completion of High School/Home Schooling/GED. This standard may be demonstrated via a institutional diploma, copy of high school transcripts, GED Certificate, or copy of GED transcripts. Other documents may be accepted on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the institution.
Admission Standard 3 – Demonstrate communication skills, appropriate affect and technical capability as demonstrated by the submission or a video essay or participation in a telephone, or face-to-fact interview.
Admission Standard 4 – Demonstrate the desire to take on the responsibility of caring for others as determined by the evaluation of an essay submitted by the candidate via EMSTesting.com.
Admission Standard 5 – Demonstrate a reading level of at least 8th-grade proficiency as determined by scores on the Reading Level Assessment via EMSTesting.com.
Admission Standard 6- Demonstrate the ability to complete certain basic mathematical operations as determined by scores on the Math Assessment via EMSTesting.com.
Admission Standard 7– Demonstrate medical health and physical ability to perform the skills necessary to function in the EMS career field. This standard may be demonstrated by documenting current formal involvement as a volunteer or employee of a fire department, EMS provider, hospital or other health care provider, or by submitting a letter from a current health care provider stating that the student is in good medical health and physically able to perform the necessary skills. Details regarding the working environment for EMS workers may be found at the O*NET online website maintained by the US Department of labor at: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2041.00#DetailedWorkActivities.
Full Admission and Continuing Admission
Full Admission may be achieved by demonstrating compliance with Standards 8 – 11 prior to the student’s Compliance Deadline. All students who participate in an Axon program/course or combination of Axon programs/courses that last longer than one year in duration may be asked to demonstrate compliance with Standards 8 – 11 to achieve Continuing Admission.
Compliance Standard 8 – Provide negative drug screen results (no indication of substance use) as demonstrated by a drug screen report. If a positive drug screen is detected, the applicant must provide proof of medical necessity from a qualified medical provider. Exemption as a result of such proof will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the institution. If the prospective student is currently employed or volunteering with an EMS provider, Fire Department, or hospital, and has a formal drug screen on file with that provider it may be considered on a case-by case basis at the sole discretion of the institution.
Compliance Standard 9 – Demonstrate that the candidate has not been convicted of, placed on deferred adjudication community supervision, or deferred disposition for any criminal offenses which may disqualify the candidate from obtaining licensure or certification. This standard may be demonstrated by the review of results of a background check conducted by the institution. Admission to any program or course does not guarantee that an individual will be eligible to seek any certification or licensure and it is the sole responsibility of the student to determine if they may be prevented from being eligible for future certification or licensure. The Texas Petition for EMS Criminal History Pre-Screening form and the Texas Fingerprint Service Code form are available at www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/formsresources.shtm.
Compliance Standard 10 – Demonstrate compliance with immunization standards.
This includes immunization records for:
Compliance Standard 11 – Demonstrate individual health insurance coverage as demonstrated by providing an insurance card, or similar supporting proof of coverage to the institution. Coverage must remain in force for the duration of the student’s involvement in the program.