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Paramedic Certificate Overview

The Paramedic program is a two-semester sequence consisting of various components including didactic lectures, skills and simulation labs, and clinical practice. Throughout the course of the program students, gain the necessary skills and abilities to demonstrate competency and professionalism as the highest trained personnel within the scope of pre-hospital medicine. Program participants are subject to an intensive 950 contact-hour program requiring careful planning of school, work, and home schedules in order to succeed. In addition, class sessions do not follow the traditional two-days-a-week course schedule common amongst other collegiate classes. Conversely, the paramedic class schedule varies week-to-week in order to accommodate participants who work a rotating fire department schedule. Furthermore, clinical internship schedules do not follow the college’s academic calendar and often require participation during nights, weekends, and/or holidays. Interested parties should contact EMS program staff for scheduling details and/or additional information.

Scholarship Opportunity 

Rhodes State has been awarded a Choose Ohio First (COF) Scholarship grant by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The grant provides scholarships to students majoring in disciplines that significantly strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine (STEMM) education and industry.

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Paramedic Certificate Highlights

  • We have a state of the art simulation monitor system that allows the students to interact with the manikins.
  • Variety of cardiac monitors so that students can learn with all of the monitors available today. 12 lead monitor simulation.
  • New simulator manikins and high fidelity equipment to assist with a higher degree of education for EMS.
  • Flexible course offerings: The online lecture and flexible clinical hours will fit into every student’s life.
  • Improved marketability: Many paramedics have the ability to work for Private Ems agencies but also Fire departments and even in the hospital setting itself.

Career Opportunities 

Paramedic is a vastly growing career field with a variety of employment opportunities: Paramedics work at Fire Departments based in both small and large cities, Private EMS agencies, Hospital based EMS care, Volunteer departments in rural areas, and also at factories or industrial settings.

Paramedic Certificate Plan of Study

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Paramedic Program Outcomes (by course completion year)

2020 2021 2022
Written* (NREMT) 90.9% (10/11) 65.2% (15/23) 71.9% (23/32)
Practical* (NREMT) 100% (11) 100% (21/21) 94.1% (32/34)
Retention (Students) 84.6% (11/13) 89.3% (25/28) 89.5% (34/38)
Positive Placement (Field) 90.9% (10/11) 88% (22/25) 100% (34/34)

*These numbers show success by the third attempt on the NREMT.

Professional Licensure Information

Our EMS program is approved by the Ohio Department of Public safety. You will become nationally registered and certified in the State of Ohio upon successfully passing the course and the NREMT exam.

Accreditation Information

This program is fully accredited by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services. Ohio Accreditation Number 318.

Inquiries regarding accreditation should be directed to:

Ohio Department of Public Safety,
Division of Emergency Medical Services
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43218


The Rhodes State College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 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 727-210-2350
To contact CoAEMSP: 214-703-8445

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Crystal Snyder

Student Success Navigator
(419) 204-9885