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Paramedic Certification

This program is offered at Clark State's Bellefontaine and Springfield locations.

Download the curriculum sheet for this major.

The Paramedic Certification Program provides quality education in the "art and science" of advanced out-of-hospital emergency care. This curriculum provides for integration of knowledge and skills including pre-hospital environment, preparatory skills, trauma and burns, medical emergencies, OB/GYN emergencies, behavioral emergencies and crisis intervention. The Paramedic program (#308-OH) is accredited by the Ohio Department of Public Safety Services, Division of Emergency Medical Services, 1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43218-2073, 800-233-0785 and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763,  727-210-2350, upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Upon successful completion the student will be eligible to challenge the National Registry Certification exam at the paramedic level.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completiong of the Paramedic Certificate 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.

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 requirement.  The student will find that at least a year's experience as an EMT will be beneficial as they challange this advanced course. 

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 Policy Manual. 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. 

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

  • Pass COMPASS or ACCUPLACER Reading and Writing placement tests with scores testing out of college preparatory reading and writing or pass with a C or better college preparatory courses (CPE 0200 for Reading, CPE 0300 with a B or CPE 0400 with a C for writing). 
  • Pass COMPASS Math test with score of 47 or ACCUPLACER with a score of 77, or pass with a grade of C or better the CPE 0500.
  • Complete MST 1105 and BIO 1105 with a C or better.

  • Have Ohio EMT certification.

  • Have Current CPR provider card.

  • Complete physical exam and health requirements prior to attending clinical.

  • Complete criminal background check requirements prior to attending clinical.
  • Complete drug screen prior to attending clinical if required by the clinical agency.

Prior Learning Assessment

Students who have prior education or training equivalent to the paramedic course of study may demonstrate knowledge acquisition and practical skill competency in a series of steps that may absolve the student from attendance at the formalized paramedic sequence of classes. Contact the EMS Program Coordinator for more information on this Prior Learning Assessment policy.

Course Title Credits
Fall
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
 
Spring
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
EMS 1116 Paramedic Hospital Practice III 1
EMS 1126 Paramedic Field Practice III 1
 
Fall
EMS 1128 Paramedic Field Practice IV 1
EMS 1135 Paramedic Theory III 6
EMS 1145 Paramedic Practical Skills Lab III 1.7
 
  Total Credit Hours 30

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.