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Paramedic Certification

Paramedic Certification

This program is available at the Bellefontaine and Springfield - Downtown locations.

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 program prepares competent entry-level paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Individuals seeking a career in emergency medical services should realize that to be successful, they must be emotionally stable, flexible and physically fit enough to perform the minimum entry level job requirement. Students will find that at least a year's experience as an EMT will be beneficial as they challange this advanced course. 

Program Outcomes

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measured annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020. The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 82.4%. The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 91.2 %. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program. The most recent retention rate was 94.4%.

Career Information

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Outcomes and Curriculum

  • Communicate (written, verbal) effectively with patients, families, healthcare providers, and other supportive agencies.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry-level paramedic.
  • Exhibit ethical behaviors consistent with professional standards and employer expectations.
  • To prepare competent entry level paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.
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
EMS 1134 Paramedic Theory III  (new curriculum item) 3
 
Fall
EMS 1128 Paramedic Field Practice IV 1
EMS 1135 Paramedic Theory III 6
EMS 1145 Paramedic Practical Skills Lab III 1.7
EMS 1136 Paramedic Theory IV (new curriculum item) 3
 
  Total credit hours 36

Academic Preparation

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.

Academic Requirements

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 ACCUPLACER Reading and Writing placement tests with scores testing out of college preparatory reading and writing or pass with a C or better ENG 0850 for reading and ENG 0900 for writing.
  • Pass a Quantitative Reasoning test with a score of 250 or better or pass MTH 0500 with a grade of C or better.
  • 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.

Accreditation

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 the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
FAX 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

Questions? We're here to help!

Michael Cogdill Instructor, Health Technologies

937.328.6059 cogdilm@clarkstate.edu