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July 21, 2014 : OUL Paramedic Program Begins in September
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

 

Lancaster – Educators with Ohio University Lancaster’s paramedic certification program are working to seat the next class which begins in September. Interviews with applicants are being held on campus this month.
 
Paramedic certification is the highest level of pre-hospital provider currently offered in Ohio. Paramedic education takes approximately nine months of intensive classroom, lab participation and high acuity hospital and pre-hospital clinical experience. A successful student will be prepared to work in the emergency medical service area and emergency/critical care departments.
 
Following successful completion of the paramedic program, the student will be prepared to sit for the National Registry practical examination which tests the advance life support skill set.
 
“We currently have a 95 percent first time pass rate on the National Registry,” said OUL EMS Education Program Director Mike Smith.
 
The OUL pass rate makes the EMS Education program at the Lancaster Campus one of the best in Central Ohio.
 
“We’re teaching people to become paramedics versus teaching them to pass the test,” said Smith. “We also have some pretty fantastic instructors.”
 
The paramedic class meets three days a week and one weekend a month.  The classes are held in the evenings.  Smith said he expects to have interviews and class selections made by mid-August.  For more information on the program visit: www.ohio.edu/lancaster/community/emtprogram.cfm.