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Emergency Medical Services

Level up your life-saving skills. If you’re a certified EMT, in 15 months, you could be a paramedic. 

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What is Emergency Medical Services?

Emergency Medical Services includes both EMT and paramedic training. The EMT and paramedic programs meet the standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Training and KCTCS-Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS).

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provides pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients. The EMT course (EMS 105) is offered during the Spring and Fall semesters and takes just 15 weeks. Course graduates are eligible to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) Examination upon completion. Apply to Gateway and choose "EMT" as your major. The program is six credits and is offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. at our Edgewood campus. 

Paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients with an advanced level of knowledge and skill set. The paramedic program begins every August and finishes in just 15 months. Program graduates are eligible to take the National Registry Paramedic (NRP) Examination upon completion. Paramedic program enrollment is limited, and students are required to be a certified EMT prior to entering paramedic program coursework. After you are admitted to the college, you must also apply to the paramedic program. Enrollment is limited, and students are required to be a certified EMT prior to entering paramedic program coursework.

Gateway's paramedic program utilizes a fully functional ambulance for simulation and education. Our "family" of Laerdal simulation mannequins include SimMan, SimMom, SimJunior, and three SimBabies. The paramedic program is 15 months/45 credit hours (including pre-requisites). Classes are offered on Tuesday/Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Edgewood campus.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$29,383
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low: $20k med: $29k high: $46k

Why select Gateway for your EMT or Paramedic certifications?

  • 15 month program | 8 hours/week in class
  • 50% of our class time spent in lab and simulation
  • Experienced instructors
  • High National Registry pass rate
  • Low attrition rate
  • High job placement 
  • Cadaver lab
  • 16 hours of one-on-one clinical time with our highly involved Medical Director
  • Dedicated RN preceptors in the ER
  • Individualized attention
  • Affordable tuition
  • Financial aid is available 
  • Option to earn a degree (all online)
  • Dedicated ambulance in which to practice

What are my career choices?

The National Registry of Paramedics issued a mandate effective January 1, 2013 that all Registry applicants must have graduated from an accredited program to sit for the Registry. MCC's currently holds a letter of review, which will allow graduates to apply and sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (NREMTP) Examination upon successful completion of the program. Kentucky utilizes the National Registry Paramedic Exam as their licensure exam for credentialing Paramedics in the Commonwealth. After successfully completing the NREMTP, you may apply to the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) for licensure as a paramedic in the Commonwealth or in your respective state.

A variety of job opportunities will be available for graduating paramedic student. Fire Departments, Ambulance Services, Emergency Rooms, and Air Medical Transport, Industrial Settings Including Coal Mines, Factories, Oil Fields, and Military Services need paramedics.

Salary ranges from $40,000 - $120,000 a year. With a national shortage of paramedics and an even growing job market.

Emergency Medical Services Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Emergency Medical Services- Paramedic $29,383

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provides pre-hospital emergency care to the acutely ill or injured patient. The EMT course (EMS 105) is a 15 week course that is offered during the spring and fall semesters at the Edgewood campus. The course is held on Tuesday/Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Graduates of the course are eligible to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) Examination upon completion.

To register for the course, you must apply to Gateway and choose “EMT” as your major. There are no pre-requisites to begin the EMT course, however, you must have a BLS Provider CPR certification prior to the course or obtain the certification early in the course.

The EMT course is 6 credit hours. During the 15 week course, each student must perform 8 hours in the emergency department at St. Elizabeth and 16 hours riding with an ambulance; obtaining a total of 10 patient contacts from those 24 hours.

As an Emergency Medical Technician, you will be trained to perform the following skills:

  • Airway oxygenation and ventilation
  • Bleeding control and shock management
  • Cardiac arrest management
  • Childbirth delivery
  • Joint immobilization
  • Long bone immobilization
  • Traction splinting immobilization
  • Oxygen administration
  • Patient assessment-medical
  • Patient assessment-trauma
  • Spinal immobilization
  • Supraglottic airway device insertion (King Airway or Combitube)

 

The estimated cost of the Emergency Medical Technician course is $1,220 (tuition & fees: $1,020 | books, uniform, and supplies: $200*). The EMT course is eligible for federal financial aid or the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program!

 

*Estimate may be lower if the student purchases used textbooks or already has uniform pants, boots, etc…

Tuition is based on the in-state tuition rate. For more information about Gateway’s tuition and fees, please visit the Tuition and Fees webpage.

All program costs are subject to change.

 

To see wage and employment data for EMT & Paramedics, click here!

To learn more about the National Scope of Practice and profession as an EMT or Paramedic, click here!

A Paramedic provides the highest level of pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients. Paramedics have an advanced level of knowledge and skill set to treat the most significant patients in the pre-hospital setting. The paramedic program begins every August and finishes in just 15 months. Classes are held on Tuesday/Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Edgewood campus. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) Paramedic Examination upon completion.

You must be a certified EMT prior to beginning the paramedic program. If you are not a certified EMT, please see the drop-down box above this for more information on our EMT course.

If you are not already a Gateway student, you must apply to Gateway. In addition, all potential students must separately apply to the paramedic program for acceptance.

The paramedic program is a total of 45 credit hours (including pre-requisites/co-requisites; BIO 135 & AHS 115). During the 15 month program, each student must perform 240 hours in the clinical setting and 360 hours riding with an ambulance. During the 360 hours in the field, each student must obtain 75 patient contacts (35 must be ALS) and 50 team leads (20 must be ALS). The student is responsible for scheduling these hours around his/her personal availability. We do not assign the student with certain days, times, etc…to perform their clinical and field hours.

As a Paramedic, you will be trained to perform the following skills, in addition to the skills you have as an EMT:

  • Advanced Airway Management
    • Oral endotracheal intubation
    • Nasal endotracheal intubation
    • Percutaneous cricothyroidotomy
    • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
    • Needle decompression of the pleural space
    • Transport ventilator
  • Pharmacological Interventions
    • Intravenous access (IV)
    • Intraosseous access (IO)
    • Intramuscular injections (IM)
    • Subcutaneous injections (SC)
    • Sublingual administration (SL)
    • Administer over 30 medications by IV or IO
  • Medical/Cardiac Care
    • Place and interpret electrocardiograms (ECG)
    • Synchronized cardioversion
    • Manual defibrillation
    • Transcutaneous pacing

 

The estimated cost of the paramedic program is $8,970 (tuition & fees: $7,650 | books, uniform, and supplies: $1,400*). This estimate includes all courses (including pre-requisites) for the entire 15 month paramedic program. The paramedic program is eligible for federal financial aid or the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program!

 

*Estimate may be lower if the student purchases used textbooks or already has uniform pants, boots, etc…

Tuition is based on the in-state tuition rate. For more information about Gateway’s tuition and fees, please visit the Tuition and Fees webpage.

All program costs are subject to change.

To see wage and employment data for EMT & Paramedics, click here!

To learn more about the National Scope of Practice and profession as an EMT or Paramedic, click here!

If you are already a Paramedic and wanting to obtain your Associate Degree, you are in the right spot! At Gateway, your paramedic license will transfer into our degree program as 38 credit hours. This means that you only have to take 9 classes to finish your Associate of Applied Science: Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic. All 9 classes can be taken online around your already chaotic schedule as a Firefighter/Paramedic or Paramedic.

  • AHS 115: Medical Terminology: 3 credit hours
  • BIO 135: Basic Anatomy and Physiology with Laboratory: 4 credit hours
  • ENG 101: Writing 1: 3 credit hours
  • Heritage/Humanities: 3 credit hours
  • COM 181: Basic Public Speaking: 3 credit hours
  • PSY 110: General Psychology: 3 credit hours
  • AHS 201: Management Principles for Allied Health Providers: 3 credit hours
  • CIT 105: Introduction to Computers: 3 credit hours
  • MAT 110: Applied Mathematics: 3 credit hours 

The first step you will need to take is applying to Gateway. From there, you will need to send a copy of your Paramedic license (State or National) to Brandon Schoborg (Brandon.Schoborg@kctcs.edu) or Dawn Bloemer (Dawn.Bloemer@kctcs.edu). After you have applied to the college, an advisor will contact you with the next steps and information on setting up a plan to complete the remaining courses.

We offer special education tracks to Registered Nurses who are wanting to become an EMT and/or a Paramedic. Registered Nurses are embedded into our current EMT and Paramedic classes in a hybrid format.

For more information on this, please contact EMT & Paramedic Program Coordinator Dawn Bloemer (Dawn.Bloemer@kctcs.edu).

We are happy to announce that we will be expanding our program offerings into continuing education!

Contact Brandon Schoborg (Brandon.Schoborg@kctcs.edu) for pricing on ACLS and PALS certifications that incorporate high-fidelity simulation! We also offer continuing education through lectures and hands-on skill stations.

Education can be completely customizable to fit your needs and can be held at your agency or hosted on campus.

 

Medical Director of EMS Education
J’Mir Cousar, MD, MS

CousarDr. Cousar began his service as the Medical Director of Gateway’s EMS Education program in January, 2016. He is currently an Emergency Physician for Compass Emergency Physicians at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Prior to that, he worked in the Emergency Room at the Cincinnati Veteran’s Affairs Hospital and as a Flight Physician at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Air Care. He completed his medical education at the University of Pittsburgh and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati.

During their time in the Paramedic Program, each student spends 16 hours of one-on-one time with Dr. Cousar in the Emergency Department!

Dawn Bloemer, MPH, RN, NRP
EMT & Paramedic Program Coordinator
(859) 442-1151
Dawn.Bloemer@kctcs.edu

Dawn BloemerDawn has been a Paramedic since 1996. She started as an EMT with Union (KY) Fire Department and then went to Northern Kentucky EMS as a Paramedic. Since 2003, she has worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department of Christ Hospital. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Nursing, an Associate’s Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

Dawn taught in Gateway’s Nursing Program before starting the Paramedic Program in 2012.

Brandon Schoborg, BS, NRP
EMS Program Specialist/Instructor
(859) 442-1119
Brandon.Schoborg@kctcs.edu

SchoborgBrandon has been a Paramedic since 2010. He started his fire service career at Elsmere Fire District, in 2008. In 2010, he went to Newport Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic. He has worked for Pendleton County EMS, Independence Fire District, and NASCAR throughout his Paramedic career. In February 2018, he left his position as the Assistant EMS Coordinator and an Engineer/Paramedic for the Newport Fire Department due to injury. In addition, he was one of six SWAT Paramedics on the Newport Police Department SWAT Team. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and an Associate’s Degree in EMS Technology.

Brandon taught in the UC Clermont Paramedic Program from 2010-2014 and has been with Gateway’s program since its inception.

Adam Peddicord, APRN, MSN, BSN, FP-C, CCEMT-P
EMS Instructor
(859) 442-4196
apeddicord0001@kctcs.edu

peddicord.jpgAdam has been a Paramedic since 1998. He started his fire service career at Southern Campbell Fire District, in 1993. He has worked as a Paramedic for Transcare, Flight Paramedic for the University of Kentucky’s Air Medical Program, the Hebron Fire District, and most recently at Newport Fire Department. He is currently the EMS Coordinator and a Captain/Paramedic at Newport Fire Department. He is also the Medical Commander of the Newport Police Department SWAT Team. He holds Associate’s Degrees in EMS Technology, Fire Science, and Nursing. He also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing and is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Adam taught in the UC Clermont Paramedic Program from 2000-2016. He came to Gateway’s program in 2016.

Rob Butcher, NRP
Lead EMT Instructor
Rbutcher0011@kctcs.edu

butcherRob has been a Paramedic since 1992. He started his fire service career with the Crescent Springs Fire Department, in 1987. He has worked as a Paramedic for Newport Fire/EMS, Colerain Township Fire/EMS, Fort Thomas Fire Department, Transcare and most recently Burlington Fire District. Rob is currently the Assistant Chief of Burlington Fire District.

Rob has taught in EMS education for Cincinnati State and Cincinnati Fire Department prior to joining Gateway in 2014. Rob teaches two EMT classes per year for Gateway.

Our paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP: 
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 
Clearwater, FL 33763 
www.caahep.org

 

To contact CoAEMSP: 
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312 
Rowlett TX 75088 
(214) 703-8445 
FAX (214) 703-8992 
www.coaemsp.org 

Alexandria Fire District

American Medical Response

Bellevue-Dayton Fire Department

Burlington Fire District

Care Flight

Central Campbell Fire District

Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center

Covington Fire Department

Crescent Springs-Villa Hills Fire Department

Dry Ridge Fire Department

Edgewood Fire Department

Elsmere Fire District

Erlanger Fire Department

Florence Fire/EMS Department

 

 

Gallatin County EMS

Georgetown-Scott County EMS

Hebron Fire District

Independence Fire District

Ludlow Fire Department

Newport Fire/EMS Department

Pendleton County EMS

Ryland Heights Fire Department

Shelby County EMS

Southern Campbell Fire District

Southgate-Wilder EMS

St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Taylor Mill Fire Department

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

 

 

Length of Program

After admission to the paramedic program, full-time students can complete the associate degree or certificate in four semesters. Students who are already licensed paramedics, can complete their associate degree in as little as two semesters.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

 

 

 

 

Program Contact

Dawn Bloemer
Paramedic & EMT Program Coordinator
(859) 442-1151
dawn.bloemer@kctcs.edu

Brandon Schoborg
Assistant Paramedic & EMT Program Coordinator
(859) 442-1119
brandon.schoborg@kctcs.edu

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