Apply for Paramedic Program by August 1

August 1 is the deadline to apply for the Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Program at Ashland Community and Technical College. The Paramedic Program prepares students to save lives. It is a career pathway for those entering a health care field for the first time and also a way for EMTs to go to the next level.

Jobs for paramedics are projected to grow at over three times the average rate for all occupations, according to the Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2018.

Paramedic training can be completed in one and a half to two years, and people must be an EMT before beginning the paramedic course. Applicants must also meet Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services application requirements

Students may earn either a certificate or Associate in Applied Science Degree. For both options, students take courses in anatomy amp; physiology, medical terminology, paramedic practice, clinical practical and management principles for healthcare. For the degree, students take general education courses in math, writing, communications, psychology and heritage/humanities subjects.

The program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Graduates are eligible to take the national Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) exam.

This is a selective admissions program, and prospective students will need to submit both an ACTC application and a paramedic program application. Applications are available on line at: ashland.kctcs.edu under Academics, Programs of Study.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training, and classes in CPR, First Aid and Automated External Defibrillator are also offered. Credit toward the Associate in Applied Science degree may be awarded to currently practicing paramedics.

For more information, call 606-585-2459 or email: mark.hammond@kctcs.edu. Classes will be held in the old Boyd county High School Building at12307 Midland Trail Road in Ashland.