Emergency Medical Services Technology

Emergency Medical Services Technology

Start your career in Emergency Medical Services at COTC

Two EMS students working in ambulance
The Institute of Public Safety at COTC offers an Associate of Applied Science in EMS Technology that is composed of the EMT and Paramedic certificates as well as selected general education classes. The AAS is a two-year program and the best choice for students seeking a professional career in EMS with the ability for promotion and advancement. The program prepares qualified emergency medical service personnel at the levels of Emergency Medical Responder, EMT and Paramedic. These professionals will practice ethically, respond to patient needs with competency and compassion, and help fulfill the community’s health care needs. COTC also offers three paths toward certification exams:

  • Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certificate — EMS 120
  • Paramedic Certificate - No new applicants are being accepted at this time. The program is on hold for spring 2021.
    • A one-year University Systems of Ohio and Ohio Emergency Medical Services approved paramedic certificate program for students interested in becoming certified paramedics. After completing the certificate, the student will be eligible to apply to take The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic exam.
  • EMT Basic Certificate - Coshocton Campus
    • This course will be offered free of cost to all students at the Coshocton campus through a combination of Ohio’s short-term certificate grant and the Coshocton Foundation scholarship.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies such as car crashes, natural disasters, and violence will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics, as well as an aging population. This means that the field should continue to show job growth. However, the most rewarding part of the career will be helping people and saving lives. At the successful completion of the program, students will earn an Associates of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Technology.

The minimum expectation of COTC Paramedic Program's Goals and Learning Objectives is "to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels."

Short-term Certificate Grant

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Certificate is eligible for the short-term certificate grant available to students with demonstrated financial need as well as students who are currently in or exiting foster care. Each student may receive a one-time grant of up to $2,000 to assist with tuition and fees (does not include the cost of books and supplies). To be considered, students must submit and satisfy the requirements on the Short-term Certificate Grant Application or the Short-term Certificate Foster Youth Grant Application


Coshocton EMT-Basic Online Information Meeting

Coshocton EMT-Basic Checklist

Health Exam-Physical Form

Uniform Order Form


2017 Student/Graduate Achievement

National Registry: 73.3

Retention: 92.9%

Positive Job Placement: 73.3%​

2018 Student/Graduate Achievement

National Registry: 100%

Retention: 90%

Positive Job Placement: Not Currently Reported

019 Student/Graduate Achievement
National Registry 77.8%
Retention 90%
Job Placement 77.8%


The Central Ohio Technical College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.
Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway
19 N. Clearwater, FL
33756 727-210-2350

EMS Advisory Committee

Chief Rick Lanuzza, EMT-P, Fredericktown EMS, Chair of Advisory Committee

Andrew Burgess, COTC Medic Alumni

Michael Cogdill, COTC EMS Program Director

Mike Cronin, EMT-P, EMS Coordinator, Mount Vernon Fire & EMS

Joanna Gillman, COTC Medic Student

Kyle Hofius, Community Member

Julia Holtz, RN, Education Coordinator, Licking Memorial Health Systems

Gary Johnson, Fire Director, COTC

Loren Leidheiser, MD, Mount Carmel Medical Center

Andrea Light, Trauma Program Director, Mount Carmel Medical Center

Chief Chris Menapace, BBA, EMT-P, OFE, Mount Vernon Fire & EMS

Captain Brandon Metzger, EMS Coordinator, Newark Fire Department

Zachary Nethers, DNP, MBA, MSN, RN, prior COTC EMS Program Director (ex officio)

Craig Ramsey, BA, BS, EMT-1, EMS Instructor, Mid-Ohio Ambulance

Ann Dietrich, MD, FAAP, FACEP, Medical Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital


Kevin Reardon, Director, Institute for Public Services and Safety

Jodi McDaniel, COTC Division Secretary

Detailed admission policy and procedures are described in the Student Application Packet that is provided at the mandatory informational meeting.