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June 24, 2013 : Ohio Paramedics Will Soon be in High Demand

OUL program begins in September

- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

Lancaster – Due to changing retirement rules in the state of Ohio, the director of Ohio University Lancaster's EMS Education Program believes paramedics will be in high demand soon.


"In the next three to five years, almost every fire department will be hiring due to retirements," said EMS Education Program Director Mike Smith. "The changing retirement rules in the state delayed a lot of retirements."


The OUL EMS Education Program has both a paramedic certification program and an emergency medical technician certification program.The EMT Certification is the first step in building a career in Emergency Medical Services. O.U. Lancaster's EMS program runs an EMT class on an as needed basis.


The Paramedic Certification course begins in September, 2013. 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. A successful student will be prepared to work in the 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 advance life support skill set.


"We currently have a 100 percent first time pass rate on the National Registry," said Smith. "But, we're teaching people to become paramedics versus teaching them to pass the test. We also have some pretty fantastic instructors."


Nationally, the paramedic first-time pass rate is 68%. The OUL pass rate makes the EMS Education program at the Lancaster Campus one of the best in central Ohio.


"Students will learn more and better assessment skills," said Smith. "They will be able to critically think. They will be able to anticipate their patient's needs, rather than wait for the patient's condition to change before they react. They will have a better skill set when they get done."


The paramedic class meets three days a week and one weekend a month. The classes are held in the evenings. Click here to apply.