EMS and Paramedic Training and Development Courses Offered

A collaboration is underway between the Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC)​ at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and the Institute for Public Services & Safety/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Technology at COTC. Two training and development courses are being offered during the autumn 2016 semester for experienced Emergency Medical Service providers and Ohio Paramedic professionals.

The Emergency Medical Services Instructor Course is a 60-hour classroom program, along with 10 hours of supervised student teaching that prepares participants for the Ohio EMS Instructor Exam. Participants must have five years of EMS experience and valid provider certification. They must also have passed the NREMT exam within three years prior to start of the course. Registered Nurses (RNs) with five years of experience who pass the NREMT Paramedic exam also qualify for EMS Instructor certification.

"This course covers the fundamentals of teaching and learning and the EMS specific module as required by the State of Ohio," said Bryan Spangler, EMS program director and associate professor of paramedicine at COTC. "Graduates of this class will be well prepared to succeed on the Ohio EMS Instructor Exam."

The investment is $495.00 for the EMS instructor course. It is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the following dates: August 30th; September 8th , 14th , 20th, 29th; October 11th, 20th, 26th; November 1st, 10th , 16th , 22nd; and December 1st , 7th , & 13th.

The second program is a Paramedic Refresher Course. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive 48 hours of continuing education towards renewing their paramedic certification. This course meets the Ohio Paramedic Refresher course completion requirements. The rate is $205.00 per person, and it is scheduled to take place from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on the following dates: August 30th; September 8th, 14th, 20th, 29th; October 5th, 11th, 20th, 26th; November 1st, 10th, 16th, 22nd; and December 1st, 7th, & 13th.

"While the institution offers certificate and associate degree options in a number of public services and safety programs, the two courses we are rolling out this autumn are non-college credit courses," elaborated Vicki Maple, M.Ed., director of the Workforce Development Innovation Center at COTC. "Our mission is to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area, and we are able to accomplish that by also offering workforce development options such as these, that in combination with work experience and state-recognized credentialing, can lead to a winning combination for skilled professionals."

For more information about the courses, please contact Bryan Spangler at Spangler.77@cotc.edu or 740-755-7094. To register, visit www.COTC.edu/WDIC and click on the EMS Classes button.

Both courses will be held at COTC's Pataskala Campus Annex in the Pataskala City Hall facility, located at 621 West Broad Street, Pataskala, Ohio 43062.

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. 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, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.  COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.