Schools and Training Programs
Formal training is required to become a certified paramedic in Ohio. Aspiring paramedics must earn at least a certificate in order to be eligible to sit for Ohio's paramedic certification exam and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians' (NREMT) paramedic exam. Ohio residents intending to pursue a career as a paramedic can find several training options, mainly at community colleges throughout the state. Paramedic training programs most often result in a certificate or associate degree.
Two Ohio community colleges and their paramedic programs are discussed at length below. Read about coursework details and program duration. Get helpful facts about both schools provided in the table at the bottom of this article.
- Columbus State Community College is located directly in downtown Columbus. The school offers both certificate and associate degree programs for paramedics.
- Cuyahoga Community College also has paramedic studies at the certificate and associate degree levels. The main campus is in downtown Cleveland.
Comparison of Schools
Before choosing a paramedic certificate or degree program, you might consider all factors of a school offering these studies. The table below contains statistics and facts reflecting each school's tuition, population, retention and graduation rates, financial aid availability and more.
|Columbus State Community College||Cuyahoga Community College District|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||27,204*||23,900*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,808 (in-state)*
| $3,136 (in-district)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||74%*||78%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017-2018)||100% (open admissions policy)*||100% (open admissions policy)*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||63% (full-time students)*||58% (full-time students)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in Fall 2014)||21%*||15%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Columbus State Community College
Columbus State Community College (CSCC) is a 2-year, public school with a main campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and seven satellite centers. CSCC's Programs offered by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department include an EMS technology associate degree program and a paramedic certificate program. The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) accredit these programs.
Candidates for this 1-year paramedic certificate program must first complete an EMT-Basic (EMT-B) program and pass the Ohio and National EMT-B certification exams. Program entrants must pass the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test and complete a paramedic preparation course in addition to meeting the program's health requirements, passing a drug test and submitting to a criminal background check. Students in this program are also required to have EMT student liability insurance.
The program's curriculum includes training in classroom, hospital and emergency vehicle settings. Topics covered include intravenous procedures, invasive and non-invasive therapies and patient assessment. Graduates of CSCC's paramedic program may take Ohio's paramedic certification exam and the NREMT paramedic exam.
Emergency Medical Services Technology Associate Degree
CSCC's 2-year associate degree program in emergency medical services exposes students to a broader scope of emergency patient care. The program offers advanced-level healthcare courses, including instruction in search and rescue, emergency psychiatric intervention and legal issues for public safety personnel. Students must also complete all required general education and elective courses. Graduates are qualified to work at both the EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic levels after passing the appropriate state and national certification exams.
Cuyahoga Community College District
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is a 2-year public school. The school's main campus and four outlying centers serve nearly 24,000 students. Tri-C's Health Careers division offers a paramedic certificate program and an emergency medical technology degree program.
Paramedic Certificate Program
Candidates for this 1-year certificate program are required to be certified EMTs with basic field skills and experience. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in basic patient assessment and emergency medical treatment. Before participating in field practice, students are required to pass a criminal background check. The program provides advanced coursework in pre-hospital patient assessment and the management of an EMS unit. Graduates are eligible to take Ohio's paramedic certification exam and the NREMT-Paramedic exam.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology Program
Cuyahoga Community College's 2-year associate degree program guides students through the spectrum of paramedic training for emergency medical response. In addition to required general education coursework, classes cover basic EMT procedures, medical terminology, advanced paramedic techniques and EMS communications. Students are trained to use critical-thinking skills and respond appropriately in stressful situations. In addition to the NREMT-Paramedic certification exam, graduates of this program can take the University of Baltimore Critical Care Paramedic Certification Exam and the Flight Paramedic Certified Exam. Graduates may also qualify for transfer to many college and university 4-year degree programs.