Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic Certificate/Area of Specialization (3254)

Paramedic emergency medical technicians work under the direction of a physician to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies of acutely ill or injured patients in prehospital care settings. Their goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. Paramedics possess basic skills in opening up airways, restoring breathing, controlling bleeding, treating for shock, and administering oxygen. In addition, paramedics may administer drugs, interpret electrocardiograms, perform endotracheal intubation, and use other complex equipment.

Upon completion of this certificate/area of specialization, students are eligible to take the National Registry Certification exam to become certified in the State of Ohio as a paramedic.

Students must apply for admission to this certificate/area of specialization. Students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center for details about applying for admission to the program.

All students enrolled in a nursing or allied health program/certificate must complete a criminal background check. In accordance with clinical site requirements, students with a criminal record may be ineligible to participate in a clinical course/rotation/practicum. Delays, for any reason, in obtaining background results may cause an interruption in the clinical rotation sequence or inability to complete program requirements. Additional background screening may be required by individual facilities.

Drug testing may be requested in accordance with clinical affiliation requirements and/or for patient/student health and safety.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 and a "C" grade or higher is required in all science and program-specific courses for graduation. Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory grades may not be used to fulll health program requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Candidates must possess an EMT-Basic Ohio Certification in good standing
  • Criminal background check and drug test required
  • HLTH 1238 Structure, Function, Disease, and Therapeutics of the Human Body or both BIOL 2210 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 2220 Anatomy and Physiology II 
  • Anatomy and Physiology from another institution will be reviewed by program director to make sure it meets the State of Ohio’s requirements

Admission Procedures

  • Complete college application
  • Complete application to the paramedic program
  • High school transcripts
  • Current American Heart Association: BLS
  • Meet with a counselor to review program prerequisites and requirements.
  • Please contact Health Services immediately to obtain required physical forms at 440.525.7009 or ppastorhinkel@lakelandcc.edu
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
EMTS 2011 Paramedic Beginner 13
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
EMTS 2021 Paramedic Intermediate A 5
EMTS 2031 Paramedic Intermediate B 5
 Credit Hours10
Third Semester
EMTS 2041 Paramedic Clinical and Capstone 5
 Credit Hours5
 Total Credit Hours28
Technical course
This course is designated as a technical course in the program. Students must earn a "C" grade or higher in the course to fulfill the college's graduation requirements policy.

The Lakeland Community College EMT and Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775; 727.210.2350; www.caahep.org.  To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088; 214.703.8445; Fax: 214.703.8992; www.coaemsp.org.  The EMT and Paramedic Program is also accredited by the Ohio State Board of Emergency Medical Fire and Transportation Services, Ohio Department of Public Safety (state certification), 1970 West Board St., Columbus, OH 43223