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Paramedic program national accreditation awarded to COTC

| October 1, 2015

NEWARK – Central Ohio Technical College’s (COTC) Paramedic Program was awarded national accreditation 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 (CoAEMSP). This accreditation is valid through March 2020.

“We are very proud of earning national accreditation for our paramedic program,” said Bryan Spangler, program director. “This is a result of a significant amount of work by the program faculty, clinical coordinator, medical director and adjuncts over the past few years as well the efforts of our clinical partners and advisory board to ensure we are providing the very best in paramedic education. Graduating from a nationally accredited program benefits our graduates by allowing them to sit for National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification, and helps with obtaining reciprocity to practice in other states.”

The Paramedic Program offered by the Institute for Public Services & Safety at COTC is a one year (three semesters) Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) approved certificate program for students interested in becoming certified paramedics. The paramedic certificate also satisfies the technical requirements for the Associate of Applied Science in EMS degree. It includes a minimum of 500 hours – classroom and lab as scheduled and minimum of 200 hospital and 300 medic unit hours to be arranged at both hospital and EMS agencies in Central Ohio.

Classes are offered on COTC’s Knox and Pataskala campuses and the next cohort will begin spring semester, Jan. 11, 2016. For information on Emergency Medical Services Technology, visit http://www.cotc.edu/Academics/Pages/Emergency-Medical-Services-Technology.aspx.

COTC’s EMS Program is also accredited by the State of Ohio EMS Board. For information about CAAHEP go to caahep.org and for information about CoAEMSP, go to coaemsp.org.

Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited, two-year 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 operates campus locations in Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.

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