OCTC's EMS-Paramedic Program Renews Accreditation
Owensboro, KY (02/12/2020) — Owensboro Community & Technical College's (OCTC) Emergency Medical Services Technology (EMS)-Paramedic program was awarded national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), through standards set forth by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (COAEMSP) through 2025. The accreditation process involves meeting nationally established accreditation standards, peer review and approval by the CAAHEP Board of Directors.
The standards by which these programs are measured are developed by the professionals in the discipline and exemplify what it takes to be successful in that profession. Not all professions require this type of accreditation, but it is particularly important in health-related fields to protect the public by providing well-prepared, qualified workforce.
"The accreditation is important for students in that it ensures our program is preparing them to take the national certification test, it adds additional value for our students" commented Scott Williams, OCTC President.
Programs such as EMS must be accredited or hold a Letter of Review so students who complete the program may take the National Registry certification test. Without one of these approvals, students may not test or become certified paramedics.
EMS is a limited admissions program that will prepare students to deliver emergency care in a variety of environments including ambulance, mobile life support units, and industrial sites, to acutely ill or injured patients. Students are required to be a certified EMT upon acceptance into the program. Credit may be awarded to currently practicing paramedics toward the Associate in Applied Science degree. To learn more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-499-8269.
Owensboro Community & Technical College is one of the sixteen community and technical colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. OCTC serves the KY counties of Daviess, Hancock, Ohio and McLean. OCTC has three campuses in Daviess County and a Center and Annex in Hancock County. OCTC strives to serve the communities in the service area by providing associate degree education for transfer, state of the art technical education for students focusing on entering the workforce, customized business and industry solutions through the Workforce Solutions division, and adult education and business and industry testing through the SkillTrain unit.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth's largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky's largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.
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