Columbus-Area Schools with Paramedic Programs
The following three schools in the Columbus area offer paramedic training programs. One is downtown, the other two are about an hour's drive away. This article looks at these three schools and the paramedic training programs they offer. Also included is a table of facts about each school, such as enrollment and campus setting.
- Columbus State Community College is in downtown Columbus. Students can earn a paramedic certificate there.
- Tri-Rivers Career Center offers a paramedic training program. It is in Marion, Ohio, about 47 minutes from downtown Columbus.
- Located 47 miles from the Columbus city center, in Springfield, is Clark State Community College. It offers paramedic certification programs for entry-level students and for registered nurses.
Comparison of Schools
There is a great deal of information that prospective students should consider when choosing a school. This table presents some important facts in a format that makes for easy comparison.
|Columbus State Community College||Tri-Rivers Career Center||Clark State Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||<2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||27,204*||182*||5,783*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Distant Town||Small City|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$3,808 in-state, $8,430 out-of-state*||$6,795 (cost for EMT Paramedic program)*||$3,359 in-state, $6,271 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)||74%*||89%*||93%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A Open admissions||N/A Open admissions||N/A Open admissions|
|Retention Rate for full-time students (2016-2017)||63%*||69%*||57%*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Beginning 2014||21%*||75%*||21%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator
Columbus State Community College
To be eligible for this program, students must have Ohio Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and pass an entrance exam. Prospective students must also have a clean criminal record.
Paramedic Certificate Program
The curriculum is presented through classroom, lab work, clinical and field experiences. The program is made up of a three-part course sequence that takes over three consecutive semesters to complete. Graduates will be eligible to take the state exam needed for certification as a paramedic.
RN to Paramedic Bridge Certificate Program
Registered nurses seeking to become certified as a paramedic can enroll in this program. This 3-semester program provides coursework in pre-hospital trauma and cardiac care and covers all of the material that would be encountered on the National Registry Exam for Paramedics.
Tri-Rivers Center For Adult Education
Admission into the paramedic program requires current EMT certification and two entrance exams. Prospective students must be personally interviewed by the program coordinator before being accepted.
Paramedic Training Program
This program is offered by Tri-Rivers Center through the Marion General Hospital School of Paramedicine. The curriculum is designed to take 12 months, broken into four quarters of study in areas such as pharmacology, airway management, injury prevention, cardiology, OB/GYN, crime scene awareness, pediatrics, trauma and ambulance operations. This course of study is made up of didactic coursework and clinical hours, and a 6-week field internship is also required. Day or evening schedules are available.
Clark State Community College
Admission requirements include Ohio EMT certification, current CPR certification and a clean criminal background report. Prospective students will also have to pass an entrance exam.
Paramedic Certification Programs: Standard and for RNs
This program is presented through classes, lab work, hospital practice and field experience. Subjects covered include trauma and burns, OB/GYN emergencies, crisis intervention and behavioral emergencies. The entire program can be completed in four semesters. Graduates will be able the take the exam for National Registry Certification.
The school also offers a paramedic certification program for registered nurses with a background in critical care and handling emergency situations. The program consists of one course in paramedic theory for RNs.