Emergency Medical Services Technology

Emergency Medical Services Technology

Rescue a Career in Emergency Medical Services at COTC

Two EMS students working in ambulance
The Institute of Public Safety at COTC offers an Associate of Applied Science 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
  • Paramedic Certificate
    • 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. 
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.

The minimum expectation of COTC Paramedic Program's Goals and Learning Objectives is "to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels."



2017 Student/Graduate Achievement

National Registry: 73.3

Retention: 92.9%

Positive Job Placement: 73.3%​

2018 Student/Graduate Achievement

National Registry: 100%

Retention: Not Currently Reported

Positive Job Placement: Not Currently Reported


The Central Ohio Technical College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.
Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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EMS Advisory Committee

Captain Brandon Metzger, EMS Coordinator, Newark Fire Department

Julia Holtz, RN, Education Coordinator, Licking Memorial Health Systems

Chief Rick Lanuzza, EMT-P, Fredericktown EMS

Chief Chris Menapace, BBA, EMT-P, OFE, Mount Vernon Fire & EMS

Craig Ramsey, BA, BS, EMT-1, EMS Instructor, Mid-Ohio Ambulance

Chief Ted McNamara, EMT-P, National Trail Fire & EMS

Asst. Chief Ron Fleshman, EMT-P, Homer Volunteer Fire Department & EMS

Terry Shroyer, EMT-1, Education Coordinator, Coshocton County Emergency Medical Services

Todd Shroyer, EMT-1, Associate Director, Coshocton County Emergency Medical Services

Victor Dizon, DO, FACOS, Trauma Medical Director, Mount Carmel Medical Center

Ann Dietrich, MD, FAAP, FACEP, Medical Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Mike Cronin, EMT-P, EMS Coordinator, Mount Vernon Fire & EMS