COTC EMS Faculty Member Receives National Certification

​NEWARK, Ohio, December 22, 2016 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) has a nationally-certified instructor leading its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program. EMS Program Director Bryan Spangler passed the National EMS Educator Certification exam he took while attending the National EMS Educators Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas last summer.

"I am now a nationally-certified EMS educator (NCEE). I chose to take the exam to measure my own expertise and improve and ensure I'm performing at the highest level as an EMS educator," said Spangler. "I think it shows our students that I care about being up-to-date and current on EMS education and that it has been verified by a national credentialing group."

The National EMS Educator Certification, Inc. (NEMSEC) examination verifies mastery of cognitive instructional methodology. The organization prides itself on promoting excellence in EMS education. In designing the certification examination, NEMSEC sought to define the difference between entry level and mastery level EMS educators.

COTC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Technology that is comprised of emergency medical technician and paramedic certificates as well as selected general education classes. Credit is available for currently certified paramedics. COTC also offers two paths toward certification exams: Emergency Medical Technician Certificate and Paramedic Certificate​.

COTC is still accepting applications for the January 2017 paramedic certificate program on the Knox campus in Mount Vernon. Prospective students should apply at and schedule an appointment with a Gateway advisor for registration. 

Spangler has been a full-time faculty member at COTC for six years. Spangler has 14 years of experience in EMS as a volunteer EMT, advanced EMT, volunteer EMS chief, paramedic, training officer and educator with various agencies. Prior to coming to COTC, Spangler was an outreach coordinator with MedFlight.  Spangler is presently completing the final year of his Doctor of Health Science studies at A.T. Still University.

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.