Emergency Medical Services Technology

Emergency Medical Services Technology

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Two EMS students working in ambulance
The Institute of Public Safety at COTC offers an AAS degree in EMS Technology that is composed of the EMT and Paramedic certificates as well as selected general education classes. The AAS is a two-year program and the best choice for students seeking a professional career in EMS with the ability for promotion and advancement. The program prepares qualified emergency medical service personnel at the levels of Emergency Medical Responder, EMT, EMT Advanced and Paramedic. These professionals will practice ethically, respond to patient needs with competency and compassion and help fulfill the community’s health care needs. COTC also offers three paths toward certification exams :

  • Emergency Medical Technician Certificate — EMS 120
    • EMS 120 is a 7-credit hour/one semester course. Students completing the course will be eligible to apply to take The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician exam.
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate — EMS 150
    • EMS 150 is an 8-credit hour/one semester course. Applicants must be Ohio Certified EMT. Students completing the courses will be eligible to take The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Advanced exam.
  • Paramedic Certificate
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    • A one-year University Systems of Ohio and Ohio Emergency Medical Services approved paramedic certificate program for students interested in becoming certified paramedics. After completing the certificate, the student will be eligible to apply to take The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic exam. 
  • Accelerated Paramedic Training​
    • Presented in partnership with the Ohio Fire Academy, this is a full-time paramedic program that allows students to finish faster than the traditional full-year program and start working as a paramedic quicker. Classes are Monday through Friday including days and evenings at the Pataskala campus annex and the Ohio Fire Academy.
​The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies such as car crashes, natural disasters, and violence will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics, as well as an aging population. This means that the field should continue to show job growth. However, the most rewarding part of the career will be helping people and saving lives. At the successful completion of the program students will earn an Associates of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Technology.​


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