​Paramedic

​NEW  - Blended ONLINE delivery with on campus labs

Program Distinctions

  • ONLINE plus two Saturdays per month
  • Strong professional partnerships with regional health care facilities and ambulance services
  • Diploma and AAS degree option​s


Application Process​

Program In​formation and Application Packet​

​The Paramedic program focuses on assessment of a patient’s condition and treatment of emergency medical conditions and injuries.

Potential students should enjoy working with people and have a desire for challenging work, including quick decision making.

Students learn to use various emergency equipment:

  • Stretchers
  • Splints
  • Backboards
  • Oxygen
  • Advanced airway equipment
  • IV therapy
  • Medications

Graduates of the Ridgewater College program will have the education and training necessary to respond to these situa​tions. As a qualified and skilled paramedic professional, you will be prepared to work in the exciting, expanding field of Emergency Medical Services.

When a 911 call alerts authorities of an emergency, paramedics are often the first at the scene. Whether it is an automobile accident, a medical emergency, a fire, or some other disaster, the paramedic is responsible to assess a patient’s condition, give appropriate emergency medical treatment, and transport the patient to the hospital. Often, paramedics make the difference between life and death.

Career opportunities are available with:

  • Private ambulance companies
  • Hospitals
  • Industry
  • City health agencies
  • Fire departments
  • Law enforcement agencies

Professional paramedics are replacing volunteers, the population is aging, and urban populations are growing. A result of these factors is that job opportunities for paramedics are increasing rapidly. 

Outcomes for the Paramedic Program Average 2012-2014
National Registry Written Examination Pass Rate 53.85%
National Registry Practical Examination Pass Rate 92.86%
Retention 53.57%
Positive Placement of Grads 66.67%​


Accreditation 

The Ridgewater College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

​CAAHEP CONTACT INFORMATION

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org 

COAEMSP CONTACT INFORMATION

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
FAX 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org ​

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Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.