Cincinnati State is launching a new location for offering the one-year paramedic certificate program, at the Campbell County Fire Protection Training Center in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
“We are seeing a critical need for paramedics at all levels, from local fire departments to large departments nationwide,” said Greg Schultz, recruitment and retention coordinator for the Burlington Fire Protection District. “This new program will provide tremendous value for students and the community.”
The two-day-per-week paramedic certificate program has been licensed by the Kentucky Postsecondary Board of Education and will begin in late August. It will include a maximum of 24 students and is open to individuals who have already earned an Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) certificate.
Schultz said that a number of scholarship opportunities are available for qualified students.
Paramedics provide the highest level of pre-hospital care. Whereas EMTs are trained to provide basic life support, students in the paramedic certificate program gain the knowledge and skills to provide advanced life support care for ill or injured patients.
Graduates are eligible to participate in the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam to become a certified paramedic.
A staffing survey completed by fire and EMS chiefs in Northern Kentucky revealed a serious shortage of certified paramedics is anticipated over the next 5 to 10 years, due to retirements and the need for additional positions.
“Over the next five years we’ll have 175 openings for paramedics across Northern Kentucky, and another 113 openings during the five years after that,” said Mark Bailey, fire chief for the Fort Thomas Fire Department and president of the Campbell County Fire Protection Association.
Cincinnati State was chosen as the result of a search for a new paramedic education provider following the loss of a program at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport operated by the University of Cincinnati.
Cincinnati State's nationally accredited paramedic programs (associate's degree and certificate) are offered at the Clifton Campus and at the Colerain Fire Department (through the College's Workforce Development Center).
“We’ve long been supporters of the Cincinnati State program,” Chief Bailey said. “Having it located here is a real plus.”
For more information contact EMS Program Chair Bill Mehbod at (513) 569-4946 or at william.mehbod@cincinnatistate.