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.

Program Outcomes


  • 2017
There were no Gradutes this year
  • 2018
15 Enrolled, 2 Drop, 12 Complete, 9 Certified
  • 2019
9 Enrolled, 3 Drop, 5 Complete, 5 Certified
  • 2020
There were no Gradutes this year
  • 2021
4 Enrolled, 1 Drop, 3 Completed, 1 Certified(2 in 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
  • Job Placement rate
Credential Success Rate  
  • Number earning cardiac credential from ARDMS
  • Cardiac Credential Success Rate


Students must maintain an 80% average in the program, have acceptable reviews from preceptors and successfully pass the FISDAP final exam.

Certification is obtained through NREMT which allows reciprocity certification into most states in the US. Additional applications and fees that vary by state.

Previous education must be submitted for review to determine the level of placement