Lancaster – 100 percent of the students in Ohio University Lancaster's Paramedic Certification Program passed the National Registry practical examination on the first try. It's a success rate that puts the program among the elite in central Ohio.
"I think the reason our program is so successful is the type of students we select and the instructors we have," said EMS Education Program Director Mike Smith. "I am very proud of our students and our program."
The Paramedic Certification course begins each fall. Paramedic certification is the highest level of pre-hospital provider currently offered in Ohio. Paramedic education takes approximately nine months of intensive classroom work, lab participation and high acuity hospital and pre-hospital clinical instruction. A successful student will be prepared to work in EMS and in emergency departments/critical care areas. Following successful completion of the paramedic program, the student will be prepared to sit for the National Registry practical examination which tests the advanced life support skill set.
"We have a smaller class," said Smith. "So, if someone is struggling, we spend extra time and make sure they are doing well. We bend over backwards to make sure our students are doing well."
The paramedic class meets three days a week and one weekend a month. The classes are held in the evenings. There are currently 11 students registered for the program which starts September 3. Smith said the accreditation allows up to 20 students. Click here to apply.
The OUL EMS Education Program has both paramedic certification classes and emergency medical technician certification classes. The entire program was recently re-accredited by the state of Ohio and is working towards national accreditation.
The EMT Certification is the first step in building a career in Emergency Medical Services. Ohio University Lancaster's EMS program starts on September 16. It will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 10 p.m. and some Saturdays.