Cleveland Paramedic Schools
Students in Cleveland, Ohio, have multiple nearby options when it comes to paramedic training. This article highlights the coursework required in 3 schools' certificate programs. It also includes a table for comparing the featured colleges' stats, in addition to some info on other area institutions offering related programs.
- Cuyahoga Community College District, located in downtown Cleveland, offers a short-term paramedic certificate program.
- Situated around 22 miles from central Cleveland, Lakeland Community College has an emergency medical technology certificate program available for aspiring paramedics.
- Students at Lorain County Community College can also earn a certificate in the field. The campus is roughly 26 miles from Cleveland's downtown area.
Comparison of Schools
Use this table to learn more about the profiled colleges and to compare them in several areas, such as tuition, student enrollment and campus setting. There are many facts and figures included to help you make an informed education decision.
|Cuyahoga Community College District||Lakeland Community College||Lorain County Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||23,900||7,581||11,042|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Small city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|| $3,136 in-district
| $3,316 in-district
| $3,151 in-district
|Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||78%||71%||81%|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate for First-Time Students (2017)*||58% full-time||50% full-time||63% full-time|
|Graduation Rate (Starting classes in Fall 2014)*||15%||15%||23%|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator
Cuyahoga Community College District
With a broad assortment of health-related programs, Cuyahoga Community College offers education featuring up-to-date technologies, on-site clinical facilities and partnerships with local healthcare centers. A 3-semester certificate program is available for those interested in becoming an Ohio paramedic.
Paramedic Short-Term Certificate
This program is for EMTs who want to advance their careers. It qualifies graduates for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians paramedic (NREMT-P) exam, or may be taken as part of firefighter training. Students learn advanced skills in patient assessment and emergency treatment, and develop techniques for identifying and managing the stress that comes with this intense career. Students must pass a criminal background check to participate in the clinical and field experience portions of the program. Prerequisites also include having Ohio EMT-Basic certification.
Lakeland Community College
Lakeland Community College offers EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic training through its Science, Math and Health Technologies department. To be accepted into the paramedic program, students must have already earned an EMT-Basic certification in the state of Ohio.
Emergency Medical Technology, Paramedic Certificate
This school's curriculum covers subjects such as cardiac monitoring, intubation, patient assessment and medication delivery. The program is delivered via 4 segments that include lab, clinical rotation and field experience. Students must pass each section with a 2.0 average GPA to progress to the next section. Successfully completing all 4 sections qualifies students for the NREMT-P exam.
Lorain County Community College
Prospective students must have an Ohio EMT-Basic certification to apply to this program, as well as being an American Heart Association Health Care Provider before the program begins.
Emergency Medical Services, Paramedic Technical Certificate
This program can be completed in four semesters and includes training in dispensing medication, defibrillation, starting intravenous therapy and heart monitoring. Students learn about the special aspects of obstetric, pediatric and neonatal emergency care. A grade of C or better must be maintained in order to progress through the advanced care sequence of courses. The Ohio Division of Emergency Services accredits the program.
For students who still need to earn their EMT-Basic certification, there are 2 schools near Cleveland that offer training programs. Auburn Career Center, which is about 30 miles northeast of Cleveland, offers EMT and paramedic training programs. Another option, Lorain County Joint Vocational School District, is about 33 miles southwest of downtown Cleveland and has an emergency medical responder program.