Welcome to Lakeland Community College's emergency medical technician and paramedic programs.

Lakeland Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Proper pre-hospital medical care is critical in an emergency situation and can make the difference between life and death of a severely injured or ill person. Incidents such as automobile accidents, heart attacks, strokes, drowning and childbirth all require immediate and competent medical care. Emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics provide the initial medical interventions required to save lives until patients can be transferred to emergency rooms. Typically, they are dispatched to the scene by 911 operators. Once there, they work in close cooperation with law enforcement and firefighters, keeping in contact with emergency room doctors and nurses through the use of protocols, radios and telephones.

Emergency care can include:

  • Determining the extent of the injury or nature of illness.
  • Ascertaining preexisting medical conditions.
  • Using special equipment such as an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for a stopped heart.
  • Transferring the patient to a hospital.
  • Providing a verbal report of the patient's condition and treatment to the attending physician.
  • Replacing supplies and preparing for the next response.

Lakeland offers training at the EMT-basic and EMT-paramedic levels and prepares students to take the National Registry Exam to become certified in the State of Ohio.

Interested students can start with the EMT-basic certificate and then further their education by entering the EMT-paramedic program. The basic certificate/area of specialization is a prerequisite for paramedic training.

Students must be 18 years of age or older to enroll and should contact the director of admissions or the Lakeland Counseling Center for details before applying to the programs.

The goal of the Emergency Medical Technician- Paramedic certificate option is to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, and/or Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, and/or First Responder levels.


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