By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events
Midland College (MC) is now accepting applications for people interested in obtaining training leading to paramedic certification. Courses begin January 17, and students can expect to complete the required training in three semesters.
According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters and acts of violence, will continue to create demand for paramedics.
“In Midland, paramedics are needed not only to work for the fire department, but also private ambulance services and local healthcare organizations,” explained Mark Kuhn, MC department chair, Fire Technology and Emergency Medical Services. “The program consists of 35 credit hours and includes classroom training, hands-on skills development in the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College, and clinical training at Midland Memorial Hospital and with the Midland Fire Department.”
Kuhn said that students entering the program must possess EMT Basic certification and should have already successfully completed Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2404) and Medical Terminology (HPRS 1106). Additional requirements include proof of immunization for certain vaccines, criminal background check, urine drug screen and interview with department chair.
To obtain a Paramedic program admission application and for more information, contact Kuhn at firstname.lastname@example.org, (432) 685-6756 or Kay Floyd in the MC Health Sciences Division Office, email@example.com, (432) 685-4600.