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Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Certificate

The Paramedic Certificate program is a combination of allied health courses designed to give students the complex knowledge and skills necessary for the acute management and transportation of the broad range of critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system.


The Paramedic certificate can be earned in as little as one-year.  Classes are offered in the evenings and clinical times are arranged at a variety of hospitals, EMS agencies, and fire services throughout the area. Courses in this program are applicable to the associate degree program for Firefighter/Paramedic and Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic.


Courses in this certificate program are designed to prepare students for how to provide immediate emergency care as an entry level paramedic. Students who complete the program will be able to:


  • Integrate pathophysiologic concepts with assessment findings to develop a field impression and treatment plan for patients with both medical and traumatic emergencies
  • Effectively communicate with colleagues, health care staff, patients and their families
  • Proficiently demonstrate the skills required for management of the sick and injured
  • Display professional standards of behavior and meet employer expectations

Career Possibilities

Careers in Emergency Medical Services are growing rapidly and opportunities exist throughout the local area and nation. Graduates may expect positions in:


  • Ambulance Services
  • Fire Departments
  • Management
  • Education
  • Communications and Dispatch
  • Hospitals and Health Agencies
  • Other Support Services


Successful students will be eligible to test for the following certifications:


  • Ohio Paramedic
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Provider
  • International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Pediatric


Testing/certification eligibility is stipulated by the Ohio Division of EMS. Students must currently be certified as an Ohio EMT-B to enroll in this certificate program.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the Belmont College Paramedic program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate the following as an entry level paramedic in the Ohio Valley:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to understand, apply, and evaluate the clinical information necessary for managing and transporting acute medical and traumatic patients.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency with all technical skills as relative to providing emergency medical care and transportation to critical and emergent patients.
  3. Demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviors consistent with the expectations of area employers and the local, medical community.


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