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Fire and Emergency Medical Services

Fire & Emergency Medical Services Program Description

Fire and Emergency Medical Services is a 5-semester program that prepares you to meet community needs for fire and emergency medical protection. Students may begin the program by scheduling fire courses the first year, or you may choose to begin with emergency medical courses.

The Fire and Emergency Medical Services program offers Firefighter I and II, EMT and Paramedic certification courses over five semesters. Fire classes meet the educational standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard, NFPA 1001 Firefighter Professional Qualification.


Hocking College maintains an on-site fire training facility including fire apparatus, burn structure and related equipment. Graduates take the Ohio Firefighter Certification Exam administered by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

EMT and Paramedic classes follow the curriculum requirements established by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Hocking College EMT program provides a fully equipped EMS vehicle, and medical lab classroom that simulates an emergency room.

Students must take the National Registry Exam to be certified at the end of their program.

The Hocking College Paramedic Program holds a letter of review through CoAEMSP as part of the full CoAEMSP accreditation process.

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

Not included in the All-Inclusive Pricing


Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

A Career in Fire Services Promises a Fiery Future

Graduates of this program are often employed as firefighters.

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

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A Career in Emergency Services Requires a Healing Touch

Graduates of this program are often employed as EMTs and Paramedics.

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

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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 below may potentially lead to professional licensure, registration or certification. Licensure, registration or certification may be global, national, or state-specific. The following programs meet 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.

Firefighter Licensure Disclosure

EMT 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. 

Hocking College Institutional Learning Outcomes

1) Demonstrate sound critical thinking, information literacy and technological competency in the production of academic writing and presentations

2) Apply the methods of mathematical, statistical or analytical reasoning to critically evaluate data, solve problems and effectively communicate findings.

3) Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and economic forces which shape individuals, institutions and communities in the modern world.

4)Understand social justice and the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world past and present and come to an informed sense of self and others.

5)Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in the natural sciences based on theory and laboratory skills.

6) Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness and personal learning strategies in the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.

7) Integrate content material to application in the workforce and apply discipline specific knowledge and skills to successfully transfer or effectively meet the expectations of internships, workplace, volunteerism and/or entrepreneurship endeavors.

8) Utilize the ethical and professional application of current information technology and tools effectively.


Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Technical Study in Fire and Emergency Medical Services:

  • Provide emergency fire services under the direct supervision of a fire officer;
  • Provide emergency medical services, working within the confines of EMT and/or Paramedic certification;
  • Provide basic emergency rescue services;
  • Provide emergency hazardous material services, working within the confines of First Responder Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations level;
  • Meet the educational standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard, NFPA 1001 Firefighter Professional Qualification;
  • Maintain readiness of emergency equipment;
  • Maintain 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 54%
2015 47%
2016 15%
2017 34%
2018 24%


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
2014 16%
2015 20%
2016 12%
2017 13%
2018 3%
2019 5%

All students entering programs in the School of Public Safety Services (including but not limited to: EMT, OPOTA, Criminal Justice, and Fire Science) must successfully pass a drug test.

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 valid driver's license is required prior to the start of the firefighter course.


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