CTC among top schools for first responders

Central Texas College (CTC) was ranked among the top schools recognized for graduating students who go on to life-saving careers. FireScience.org (Fire Science Online) recently released its list of the 100 Colleges Where Graduates Save Lives. The top 100 colleges ranked offer the most first responder programs in the country, including firefighting, EMT, law enforcement and others. CTC is 32nd on the list.

“The fully-accredited colleges and universities on the list have dedicated a significant portion of their resources to training EMTs, firemen and women and other first responders,” noted Matt Davis, managing director of Fire Science Online. “Central Texas College ranks among the very best schools for future first responders with an impressive nine first response programs.”

In creating its list, Fire Science Online reviewed nearly 7,000 first response programs from almost 2,500 colleges and universities in the country. Each school had, on average, 2.7 first response programs. Only the schools with the most programs (no less than seven) made the list provided they were fully-accredited public or private institutions in the United States offering two- or four-year degree programs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for first responders is expected to grow rapidly at 33 percent for EMTs and paramedics between 2010 and 2020. “Colleges will need to offer more first response programs to train the men and women who will fill those jobs,” said Davis. “Therefore, it is important to recognize the schools already doing their part to train the next wave of first responders. These 100 colleges help students transition from life-changing courses to life-saving careers.”

CTC offers an associate degree of applied science in paramedicine. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the licensing exam to become a certified emergency medical technician (EMT), advanced EMT or paramedic through the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) and the Texas Department of State Health Services. CTC also offers the EMT, advanced EMT and the paramedic programs as certificates of completion.

The CTC EMT/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). It is one of only 35 nationally-accredited EMT programs in Texas.

Fire Science Online is today’s number one resource for fire science and first responder education and career information. It is a non-profit organization providing free information about fire science, firefighting and other first responder education and careers. The information and tools on its website include lists of the top fire science professors in various subjects, information about how to become a firefighter and a comprehensive list of every fire science degree program in the country.

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