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EMT Paramedic Certificate

EMT Paramedic Certificate Description

To prepare students for entry level employment as an Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic (Advanced Life Support).


The Hocking College Paramedic Program is accredited through CoAEMSP effective through January 31, 2023.

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services



$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.


All students are required to report to Holzer Clinic (2131 East State Street, Athens, Ohio) for their urine drug screen. All costs for testing are the responsibility of the student. Students of the Public Safety Services programs are required to have a negative urine drug screen prior to attending the first day of classes. Students with a positive urine drug screen for drugs not medically prescribed for the applicant or an adulterated result will forfeit their participation in any Public Safety Services class. An adulterated test or refused test result will be presumed a failed test. Students testing positive will be administratively withdrawn from the current semester and will be responsible for the financial impact resulting from the administrative withdrawal process.

The student is eligible to reapply for admission after one calendar year unless the specific program falls under other more stringent state guidelines. If after one calendar year a second positive and or adulterated drug screen results, the student will not be permitted to reapply to any Hocking College Public Safety program.

A Career in Emergency Services Requires a Healing Touch

Graduates of this program are often employed as EMTs, Paramedics, or Medflight attendants.

Employment is available with municipal fire departments, governmental and privately-owned emergency services, industrial fire, health or emergency services.

View the occupational profile

Public Disclosure of Licensure

Hocking College offers courses, associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to professional licensure and/or certification. Successful completion of the programs listed on this page may potentially lead to professional licensure, registration or certification. Licensure, registration or certification may be global, national, or state-specific. This meets the requirements for the State of Ohio. Requirements for other states may vary. If you currently live in a state other than Ohio or intend to move to a state other than Ohio and use the education completed at Hocking College to sit for such an exam, be aware there may be additional requirements. Please contact the appropriate administering body and/or the college contact for the program to discuss your intentions.

EMT Licensure Disclosure

Paramedic Licensure Disclosure

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking an EMT & Paramedic Certificate.

  • Within the level of certification, recognize the pathophysiology, signs of symptoms, and be able to provide emergency medical care in variety of out-of-hospital environments for trauma or illnesses in adults, children, pregnant patients, geriatrics and special-needs patient groups;
  • Display an understanding of the theory and ability to perform skills within the level of certification as an EMT including patient assessment, airway management bandaging, splinting, childbirth, medication administration and other skills within the scope of practice;
  • Display an understanding of the theory and ability to perform skills within the level of certification as a paramedic including patient assessment, airway management, intravenous therapy, medication administration, EKG interpretation, basic life support procedures, and other skills within the scope of practice;
  • Maintain readiness of emergency equipment and facilities;
  • Demonstrate public relations skills;
  • Communicate with coworkers, supervisors, and the public;
  • Write reports;
  • Practice human relations skills and maintain a code of ethics.

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2014 21%
2015 15%
2017 20%
2018 8%

 *Includes all students who began the course in the autumn and finished the course in the following summer. Attrition attributed to academic (grades), financial, health, or personal reasons

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2017 - 2018 100% (8/8)
2018 - 2019 100% (9/9)
2019-2020 In Progress

*A student that completed all requirements after the final summer semester and is rewarded with a certificate of completion is considered a graduate.

National Registry of EMTs Paramedic Exam Pass Rate

  • Attempted the Exam: Number of graduates that make at least one attempt at the exam.
  • First Attempt Pass: Percent and number of those who attempt the exam and pass on first attempt.
  • Cumulative Pass Within 3 Attempts: Percent and number that have passed exam on first, second or third attempt.
  • Cumulative Pass Within 6 attempts: Percent and number that have passed exam on first through sixth attempt.

Exam 1st Attempt, Within 3 Attempts, Within 6 Attempts:

2017-2018: 16 62% (10) 86% (12) 86% (12)

2018-2019: 8 38% (3) 50% (4) 50% (4)

2019-2020: 6 17% (1) 67% (4) 100% (6)

2020-2021: 6 17% (1) 50% (3) In Progress

What certifications can I receive from completing the program?

On successfully completing the one semester basic EMT course you are qualified to take the National Registry of EMTs exam that is required to gain State of Ohio Certification.  Passage of the National Registry exam involves both a psychomotor assessment of skills and a written exam. Likewise, completion of the three-semester paramedic program, also allows for candidates to take the psychomotor and written testing from the National Registry and gain State of Ohio certification.

Are there any prerequisite classes I need for the EMT or paramedic program?

There are no course pre-requisites for the EMT class.  To qualify for the paramedic class you must prior to the start of the class have a valid State of Ohio EMT certification and have taken a college level course in Anatomy and Physiology.  The Human Organism course provided at Hocking College is designed for meeting this requirement and is often taken concurrently with the EMT course for those that intend to progress into the paramedic program.

Are there other requirements or qualifications to take EMS courses at Hocking College?

All students taking EMS classes must have the following:  A criminal background check. Physical exam, drug screen and flu vaccination.  In addition for the paramedic class, proof of immunizations for Hepatitis B and other diseases are required.

Can I get a degree and not take firefighting?

Yes, you can.  By adding the necessary general subject credits to the technical credits obtained in the EMT and paramedic courses, you can be rewarded an Associate of Technical Studies degree.  This pathway is great for those that seek a career in EMS but are not interested in the firefighting field.

These and other questions about EMS courses and obtaining a degree can be answered by the EMS Program Manager – Robert Cornwell.


CoAEMSP-Logo-Revised-300x233Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088 

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