EMT-Paramedic Certificate

The Emergency Medical Services Program offers the licensed EMT-A with one year of active squad experience an opportunity to enroll in courses leading to the EMT-Intermediate (EMT-I) or EMT-Paramedic (EMT-P) status. The EMT-I program is a one summer session course. The EMT-P Program involves two semesters and summer sessions.

EMS111 is designed to allow the Ohio certified EMS-I to complete paramedic training by passing EMS108. Students should see the program director for more details.

EMS Program application/admissions criteria are identified in the college catalog.

The student admitted to the college and desiring acceptance to the EMT-I and EMT-P programs must satisfy college admission requirements and:

l. Be at least 18 years of age;
2. Be a licensed Ohio EMT-A;
3. Be an active EMT-A for one year prior to entrance into the program;
4. Provide official forms to document dates of recent tetanus immunization, TB test or chest X-ray, hepatitis vaccine, and physical examination prior to clinical experience;
5. Report as requested for personal interview with the EMT-P program director;
6. Not be currently charged with, incarcerated for, and/or on parole/probation for a felony charge.

While in supervised clinical training and after employment, the paramedic works under the direction of a physician. Knowing that the paramedic is a direct extension of the hospital-based physician, the EMT-P can serve as the physician's eyes, ears, and hands in the street or in the home -- anywhere that EMS is needed.

Essential attributes of the EMS candidate include demonstration by testing of academic potential, good physical health, the ability to relate well to people with calm, confident and rational judgment, and a thorough understanding of the operation of the EMS system. The EMT is a needed professional in pre-hospital care.

Given the knowledge, skill, and field experience, the EMT-Paramedic graduate will be able to:

1. Perform routine EMT-basic skills, including personal safety.
2. Initiate appropriate intravenous procedures as authorized by medical command or protocol.
3. Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, co-workers, and other health care professionals.
4. Decide priorities of emergency treatment according to scene and assessment findings.
5. Record and communicate data effectively to medical authority.
6. Initiate and continue pre-hospital care under medical control, including the recognition of present conditions, assessment of the patient and initiation of appropriate therapies.
7. Perform life-saving skills authorized by medical control in trauma and medical emergencies.
8. Evaluate and adjust the treatments according to patient response.
9. Meet the state of Ohio/National Registry requirements of the EMT-Paramedic examination.

The program director is Instructor Michael Freeman. His office number is 740.266.9757.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate receives a certificate of completion and is eligible to apply for the National Registry Examination being offered as the state of Ohio examination.

Eastern Gateway Community College's Student Success Plan/Assessment is available for view in PDF format.

This information is presented as a general program overview. Students are advised to follow the more detailed college catalog for program requirements.