Program Objectives

Graduates of the Paramedic program meet the Ohio Division of EMS requirements for eligibility to take the National Registry Certification Exam. The curriculum offered in this program includes, but may not be limited to classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences in the following areas:

  • Gain career awareness and the opportunity to prove their abilities in their career choice.
  • Enhance their education experience by receiving laboratory and clinical experience related to emergency medicine prior to graduation.
  • Receive greater meaning and comprehension for formal course work by integrating classroom studies with laboratory exercises and formal clinical experiences.
  • Receive exposure to specialized facilities and equipment sometimes unavailable in the classroom setting.
  • Develop confidence, maturity, responsibility, and skills in human relations.
  • Increase employability potential after graduation.

Program Goals

  • Student/graduate has skills adequate to function as an entry level paramedic.
  • Student/graduate competently works as a paramedic in all aspects of the prehospital.
  • Student/graduate displays good communication skills.
  • Student/graduate utilizes critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Student/graduate uses measures to improve and maintain safety in the pre-hospital setting.
  • Graduate is prepared to sit for and pass the national registry exam.

Length of Course:

Classes meet at the Main Campus from 4 pm until 10 pm days vary

Job Opportunities:

Graduates are employed in area hospitals and emergency squads.


The Collins Career Technical Center Paramedic program has been issued a letter of review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standard through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

Clinical Sites

  • Cabell-Huntington Medical Center
  • St.Marys Medical Center
  • Lawrence County EMS
  • Cabell County EMS
  • Boyd County EMS
  • Carter County EMS
  • Elliott County EMS
  • Portsmouth Ambulance

Clinical Obligations

Combined Laboratory Clinical Experience
(Subject to change due to availablilty of sites)
300 Hours (minimum)--Field Internship (12 hours per week)
120 Hours (minimum)--Hospital Time (12 hours per week)

Additional hours may be needed to gain the required assessments, skills and completions

  • ICU/ER/Psych 90 hours
  • Peds/NICU/PICU 16 hours
  • Anesthesia (OR) 4 hours
  • OB GYN 10 hours

Must complete a minimum of 300 hours on a squad. These 300 hours must be served with an emergency squad only. (eg. Cabell County EMS, Lawrence County EMS, Carter County EMS or Boyd County EMS).
Additional hours may be required to obtain requirements listed below.

110 patient contacts

  • 30 Pediatric
  • 50 Adults
  • 30 Geriatric

Specific Numbers of Various Types of Patients

  • Cardiac, Stroke, Respiratory, Trauma, Psychiatric, Altered LOC, Abdominal Problems, Obstetrics

Specific Numbers of Various Skills

  • IV, IM, IN, IO, ET, Airway management, Defic, Pacing, Child Delivery, Drug Administration, Splinting, Backboarding

Program Cost Breakdown

** Costs are subject to change
*All students must have a current Ohio EMT Certification to apply. Those without an Ohio Certification must have a National Registry Card to be able to apply to the State of Ohio for reciprocity. The State of Ohio charges $75.00 for this process.

Please read Admission Procedures
The pre-entrance Exam is required for the program - see Work Keys link for more information

If you are concerned about being able to make required scores and you would like to "brush up" on some of your skills prior to the pre-entrance exam, the Collins Career Technical Center's ABLE program is available for tutoring services Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Individuals with a passing score on all parts of the pre-entrance examination will be mailed an application packet for admission.


Description Course ID Hours
First Term
Anatomy and Physiology
Medical Terminology
Critical Thinking for EMS Providers
Second Term
Paramedic I
Paramedic I Lab
Paramedic I Clinical
Advanced Cardicac Life Support (ACLS)
Third Term
Paramedic II
Paramedic II Lab
Paramedic II Clinical
Advanced Cardicac Life Support (ACLS)
Fourth Term
Paramedic III
Paramedic III Lab
Paramedic III Clinical
International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)
Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP)
Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)

Program Stats

2014 Graduates
** This information is based on our Annual report which is submitted to our Accrediting body each year.

Attrition Rate  
  • Number of students admitted
  • Number of students graduating
  • Attrition Rate
Job Placement Rate  
  • Number of graduates in 2014
  • Number of graduates employed
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Credential Success Rate  
  • Number earning cardiac credential from ARDMS
  • Cardiac Credential Success Rate


A general College guideline indicates that students taking 12 or more Hours (full-time) may find it difficult to work while going to school. The curriculum of this program is considered a high degree of difficulty and it is suggested a student not be employed while taking this program. However, the student will have weekends free and it is not the practice of the school to deny a student seeking employment as long as the student is able to complete the course requirements successfully as stated in the Program Requirements for Graduation. During the final semester of the program , if a clinical site wishes to hire a student and the work schedule does not interfere with the student's ability to successfully complete their class work to obtain graduation, it will be permitted.

Students may not take either the responsibility or the place of qualified staff. It is not permissible for a student to work as entry-level sonographers without having received adequate training and met satisfactory competency.

The Pregnancy Policy states any restriction indicated by the student's physician must be provided in writing to the Program Director. After delivery, a release note must be provided from the physician, identifying any activity restriction or stating when the student is permitted to resume normal activity. The student must make up all clinical time missed, complete all course requirements and clinical competencies not completed as a consequence of the pregnancy to complete the requirements for the DMS course.

The first semester consists of didactic and Laboratory courses. Second semester is clinical practice. Each semester will alternate didactic and clinical.

Yes. Students need to refer to the re-entrance policy stated in the Allied Health Handbook.

The sonography program at CCC has 5-10 clinical sites to employ all aspects of the program. These departments are located in hospitals, medical imaging clinics, mobile ultrasound, as well as doctor's offices.

No. Students will receive adequate training in echo and vascular clinical settings, changing every semester, taking into consideration the need of the student.

Clinical rotations will be divided equally among all students based on the type of rotation needed, and the experience available in different departments. It is the responsibility of the the Program Director and/or the Clinical Coordinator to assign clinical rotations for all students. Students must expect to have a few rotations that require some distance to travel (approximately 3-4 Hours one-way).

No. Students must provide their own transportation.

It takes approximately 2-3 years to complete CCTC's sonography program, considering pre-requisites that are required prior to acceptance into the program. These courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Algebra, Physics, English, Sectional Anatomy, Introduction to Sonography, and English Once the pre-requisites are accmplished, the CDMS program takes two (2) years to complete.

The medical sonography scan lab at CCTC is state-of-the-art. Actual hands-on scanning begins the very first day of the sonography program. Under close supervision by faculty, students are instructed on how to begin the sonographic examination, proper imaging technique, and the ergonomics of scanning.

No. Unfortunately, the program requires the combination of classroom instruction and clinical instruction in each of the sonography specialties to occur at the same time. You will likely be in class two days a week and in clinical the other two days of the week.

Approximately 5. The number of students depends largely upon the number of clinical rotations available.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor has stated that imaging professionals are in great demand and the need is increasing as medical imaging has seen a large increase of examination volume, due to an aging population and preventative care. Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018 as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology. Collins Career Center's job placement program will assist the student in any way they can. The student will also receive assistance in writing a resume.

Starting salaries usually range from $36,000-$55,000. Graduates find work with: colleges and universities, equipment manufacturers, hospitals, mobile companies, outpatient centers, physician offices, private imaging centers, and research centers.