Students complete CTC EMT program

Central Texas College (CTC) held a course completion ceremony for students in the school’s Emergency Medical Technology (EMT)/Paramedic program on Friday, August 9 in the Anderson Campus Center. Twenty-three students were recognized for completing the certificate program.

Students completing the CTC EMT-Paramedic certificate of completion program from Killeen were Joseph Durham, Matthew Harper, Matthew Manewal, Edgardo Melendez-Rivera, Christopher Poston, Cassidy Ribar, Amanda Warren and Cody Winniford.

Graduates from Gatesville were Francine Baker, Daniel Lay and Jamison Ochoa. Graduates from Florence were Christian Bohannon and Randy Stevens.

Other graduates were Justin Hamilton of Nolanville, Bradley Jansen from Georgetown, Alan Mainville from Copperas Cove, Jonathan Mills of Temple, Richard Neagle of Harker Heights, William Schwartz from Fort Hood, Justin Selvera of Belton, Colby Sexton from Aquilla, Richard White of Lampasas and Ethan Williams from Salado.

CTC offers the EMT program as a one-year certificate program or a two-year credit program (67 credit hours) leading to an associate degree in applied science (EMT). Upon successful completion of EMSP 1401 and EMSP 1160, students are eligible to take the exam to become certified as an EMT by the Texas Department of Health and/or the National Registry of EMTs. The two classes are designed to provide training in skills and equipments necessary to help maintain basic life support and the theory behind the procedures used in providing pre-hospital care of the sick and injured. The certificate program entails 31 credit hours of study in courses such as trauma management, EMT basic, cardiology and EMS operations. Student also must participate in various clinicals and practicums.

Those who successfully continue in the EMT program are eligible to become certified as paramedics after passing a National Registry certification exam. Students must maintain current EMT certification throughout the program until they are certified as a paramedic. Some of these graduates will be taking the exam being administered this Saturday at CTC.

CTC offers one of the only 35 nationally-accredited EMT programs in Texas. It 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). For more information on this and other EMT/AEMT/Paramedic courses, including refresher courses offered at CTC, contact the CTC Nursing Department at 254-526-1265 or 254-526-1479.

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