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Emergency Medical Services

This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield location.

Emergency medical services are expanding rapidly with more opportunities developing for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.

Although working in EMS has traditionally meant working for a fire department, rescue squad or ambulance, there are also positions in education, management, research publishing, communications, support services and health agencies.

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory requirements, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their EMS advisors for help in planning their schedules. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an associate degree in Emergency Medical Services, a graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry-level paramedic.

  • Communicate (written, verbal) effectively with patients, families, healthcare providers, and other supportive agencies.

  • Exhibit ethical behaviors consistent with professional standards and employer expectations.

  • Demonstrate ability to integrate patho-physiologic and psycho-social principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for the out-of-hospital patient.

Overview
Clark State Community College offers an associate degree and several certification programs. The certification courses may be taken separately or in conjunction with the associate degree program. The program introduces the student to a variety of emergency care situations and experiences both in the hospital setting and on emergency vehicles. Both day and evening courses are available.

Technical Standards

All students accepted into the Emergency Medical Services programs must be able to meet the General Knowledge and Skills Requirements of EMS Personnel with or without reasonable accommodations. These requirements are linked to this program page on the College's web site and are also provided to students via the EMS Student Handbook. Students are required to sign a form indicating they have reviewed these requirements and submit that form to the EMS Program Coordinator when they enter the program. 

Scholastic Preparation
All entering students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. In addition, each student must take reading, writing and math placement tests and may need to take college preparatory courses if indicated by placement testing scores.

Prerequisites
An individual seeking a career in emergency medical services should realize that to be successful, he/she must be emotionally stable, flexible and physically fit enough to perform the minimum entry-level job requirements.

Prior to entering EMS 1131, the student must meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Pass COMPASS Reading and Writing tests with a score of 70 and COMPASS Math test with score of 47, or pass with a grade of C or better the appropriate College preparatory course. (CPE 0200 for Reading, CPE 0300 with a B or CPE 0400 with a C for writing, and CPE 0500 for Math)

  • Complete MST 1105 and BIO 1105 with a C or better.

  • Have Ohio EMT-Basic certification.

  • Have Current CPR provider certification.

  • Complete physical exam and health requirements.

  • Complete criminal background check requirements.

Articulated Credit
Students who have current Ohio EMT-Paramedic certification and wish to obtain an associate degree in Emergency Medical Services will be granted articulated credit towards the first level EMS courses in the curriculum. These will be granted after the student has completed 15 hours of semester coursework towards their EMS degree at Clark State. Students who wish to be granted articulated credit must submit an EMS Articulated Credit Application form and appropriate documentation to the EMS Program Coordinator. 

Graduation Requirements
To qualify for an Associate Degree, Emergency Medical Services students must pass all the required courses, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0, and have a C as a minimum grade in all the technical EMS courses.

Humanities/Social Science Electives

 A complete listing of humanities and social science electives can be found in the College Catalog.

Course Course Title Credits
Spring
BIO 1105 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
MST 1105 Medical Terminology 2
EMS 1100 EMT Theory & Practice 7
EMS 1171 Basic Life Support: CPR 0.5
 
Fall
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
EMS 1112 Paramedic Hospital Practice I 1
EMS 1122 Paramedic Field Practice I 1
EMS 1131 Paramedic Theory I 6
EMS 1141 Paramedic Practical Skills Lab I 1.6
-- Humanities/Social Science Elective (see catalog) 3
 
Spring
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication I 3
EMS 1114 Paramedic Hospital Practice II 1
EMS 1124 Paramedic Field Practice II 1
EMS 1133 Paramedic Theory II 6
EMS 1143 Paramedic Practical Skills Lab II 1.7
 
Summer
PSY 2223 Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3
EMS 1116 Paramedic Hospital Practice III 1
EMS 1126 Paramedic Field Practice III 1
-- Math Elective* 3
 
Fall
EMS 1128 Paramedic Field Practice IV 1
EMS 1135 Paramedic Theory III 6
EMS 1145 Paramedic Practical Skills Lab III 1.7
-- Technical Elective** 3
 
  Total Credit Hours 63.5

Students who have current Ohio EMT Advance Certification are given in-class credit for clinical skills previously obtained.

*Math electives include courses that have course codes of MTH or STT.

**Technical electives include: EMS 2220, EMS 2240, EMS, 2210, EMS 2211, EMS 2230, EMS 2232, FFC 1060 (1050), FFC 2010, FFC 2070 (2060), FFC 2080 (2090), MGT 1060, NUR 1120, SWK 1105.