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Education & Training Opportunities - Paramedic Education Program

Akron General's Paramedic Education Program (AGMC PME) was initiated in 1977 as a commitment to the community in providing prehospital care to citizens within Summit County and adjoining areas. Since 1977, the program has graduated more than 925 paramedics, most still practicing within the Summit County area.

Our program is accredited by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. National Accreditation was obtained in 1991 and is maintained through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Program for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) of the American Medical Association. The Paramedic Education Program is one of only 90 in Ohio and 800-plus across the county that meets the rigid CoAEMSP quality standards for excellence in paramedic education. The program participated in the writing of two prehospital textbooks, Comprehensive Guide to Prehospital Skills (Butman, Martin, et al) and The Paramedic Survival Handbook (Martin).

The Paramedic Education Program currently offers a 10-month paramedic course to prepare students in meeting entry level EMT-paramedic criteria. The application process begins in the Spring with classes beginning late August or early September each year. Applicants must meet several entrance requirements, including EMT-Basic certification status in Ohio. This certification is a requirement to sit for the pretest, which is held at the end of June.

EMT-Basic courses are offered at AGMC twice a year. These courses begin each January and September and consist of 120-130 hours of didactic, clinical and field internship. The approximate three-month course prepares the student for the State/National examination to obtain EMT-Basic Certification.

The University of Akron's Community and Technical College formed an Articulation Agreement with Akron General Medical Center to provide eligible graduates the opportunity to transfer thirty academic credit hours towards the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Technology Degree. This opportunity is available to all AGMC PME Graduates with a graduation date of 1985 and thereafter. For more information on this program, or for an application, call 330-344-6655.

Paramedic Education
Akron General Medical Center
400 Wabash Avenue
Akron, OH 44307

Date Updated: 29-DEC-2004

Akron General Medical Center • 1 Akron General Avenue (Formerly 400 Wabash Avenue) • Akron, OH 44307 • 330-344-6000 • 1-800-221-4601    © 2014 Akron General Health System
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