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This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield - Leffel Lane 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.

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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an associate degree in Emergency Medical Services, a graduate will demonstrate achievement of:

The following program outcomes, which are common to the Paramedic certificate.

  • 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.
  • To prepare competent entry level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior), domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

The College's Common Outcomes Required of Education (CORE) general education outcomes.

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.

Embedded Certificates
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.This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates, which will automatically be awarded if the certificate requirements are met unless the student contacts Records and Registration and indicates he/she does not wish to have the certificate credential awarded. (Effective Spring Semester 2017).  

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. 

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.

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 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 66, 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-Basic certification.
  • Have Current CPR provider certification.
  • Complete physical exam and health requirements.
  • Complete criminal background check requirements.
  • Complete drug screen requirement if required by assigned clinical agency.

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.

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.

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.

Curriculum Plan
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.

Download the curriculum sheet for this major.

Course Title Credits
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
FYE 1100 College Success 1
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* 3
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
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
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 64.5

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

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

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

***Technical electives include: FFC 1070 (1050,1060), FFC 2020 (2010), FFC 2070 (2060), FFC 2080 (2090), MGT 1060, SWK 1105.

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.

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