In order to practice as a Paramedic in Ohio, an individual must pass the State’s Certification exam. In order to take the certification exam, the individual must have certification as an EMT Basic in Ohio, demonstrate recent successful completion of a Paramedic training program and submit an application to take the exam. All applicants will be asked if they have been convicted of specific crimes and if they have been deemed mentally incompetent by a court of law. If the applicant answers yes, an evaluation will be completed by the State Division of EMS to determine if the applicant will be issued a certificate to practice. All students shall be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize their ability to obtain certification and employment.