Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Paramedic Education Program was initiated in 1976 as a commitment to the community in providing pre-hospital care to citizen within Summit County and adjoining areas. Since then, the program has graduated more than 1,300 paramedics, most still practicing within the Summit County area. The program is housed under Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Department of Medical Education.

We offer one Paramedic course per year and two EMT courses per year. For more information about these courses, please find the appropriate tabs at the top of the web page.

The program is accredited by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Our program was the first hospital-based program in Ohio and the 72 in the Country to obtain CAAHEP National Certification in 1991. Currently, the program is one of 37 in the State of Ohio and one of 634 in the Country that meets the rigid CAAHEP quality standards for excellence in Paramedic Education.

The University of Akron’s Community and Technical College formed an Articulation Agreement with Akron General Medical Center to provide eligible graduates the opportunity to transfer thirty academic credit hours towards the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Technology Degree. This opportunity is available to all program graduates with a graduation date of 1985 or later. Both our EMT and Paramedic courses are found on the University of Akron’s course offerings.

Paramedic Education
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
1 Akron General Ave.
Akron, OH 44307

For more information, please contact Brandon Schoborg, Director of Paramedic Education, at schobob@ccf.org or call the office at 330.344-6655.


National Registry CBT Exam

Grad Year 2019 2018
# of Grads 35 25
# of Grads attempting 35 25
# passing - 1st attempt 27 15
# passing - subsequent attempts 7 10
Total Passing to Date 34 25
# of Grads Passing NR CBT 97% 100% 91%

National Registry Psychomotor Exam

Grad Year 2019 2018 2017
# of Grads 35 25 34
# of Grads attempting 35 25 34
# passing - 1st attempt 35 25 33
# passing - subsequent attempts 0 0 1
Total Passing to Date 35 25 34
# of Grads Passing NR CBT 100% 100% 100%


On Time Graduation Date Year 2019 2018 2017
Total Students in Class 43 32 42
# of Students dropped (attrition) 8 7 8
% attrition 18.60%  21.87% 19.05%
% retention 81.40% 78.13% 80.95%

Positive Placement

Grad Year 2019 2018 2017
# of Grads 35 25 34
# of grads employed 34 23 31
Positive Placement Percentage
(must be greater than 70%)
97% 92% 91%
EMT Course Information

EMT Course Information

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Paramedic Education Program offers an EMT course twice per year. The spring course begins in January and the fall course begins in late August or early September. The course is four months in length and classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings (with occasional Thursdays) from 6 to 10 p.m. Total didactic, clinical and field internship hours equal approximately 150 hours.

Current EMT course tuition is $950.00*, payable on the first night of class by certified check or money order. Textbook cost and a uniform shirt are included in the tuition. The National Registry Examination fee of $80 is to be paid by the student or student sponsor to the National Registry upon examination registration.

The application process begins in the spring for the September course and in October for the January course. A general knowledge pre-entrance exam is held prior to acceptance. Pre-entrance exam dates will be provided for each EMT session.


The applicant must meet the following requirements and submit copies of the documents listed below to the EMS education office no later than two days prior to the pre-entrance exam.

  • Completed application
  • Official high school and college transcripts (sent to EMS Education office from schools)
  • Copy of Ohio Driver’s License
  • A current picture of yourself for identification purposes (2x2, wallet, snapshot) – no photo copies
  • Copy of AHA, ARC or ASHI BLS Provider CPR certification card

Additional Requirements:

  • Pass the pre-entrance exam ($20 fee due the night of the pretest, subject to change)
  • Akron General will provide professional medical liability insurance at a rate of one million per occurrence - the fee for this insurance is included in student tuition
  • Personal Health History and Physician Physical Exam (forms will be given upon acceptance into the course)
  • Documentation of Immunization History
  • Hepatitis B vaccination series
  • 10 panel Urine Toxicology screen results
  • Seasonal flu immunization

Pre-Entrance Exam

The pre-entrance exam is a general knowledge exam. You must have your driver’s license or state-issued ID with you on the day of the exam. There is a $20 testing fee that is due the night of the pre-test. Cash or money order only. Pre-entrance exam scores will determine student selection.

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
  • Naloxone (Narcan) Nasal and Autoinjector Administration
  • Patient assessment-medical
  • Patient assessment-trauma
  • Spinal immobilization
  • Supraglottic airway device insertion (King Airway/Combitube)

*EMT course tuition is subject to change upon review and reassessment of the course on a semi-annual basis.

Thank you for your interest in our program. If you have further questions, please contact the Paramedic Education office at 330.344.6655 during business hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Paramedic Program Information

Paramedic Program Information

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Paramedic Education Program offers a Paramedic course once per year, in late August or early September. The course is ten months in length and lectures are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lab sessions will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with flexible times that you may choose based on your availability of 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m., or 5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Total didactic, clinical and field internship hours are greater than 900 hours. The course includes a few full or partial Saturdays throughout the course daytime commitments for specific courses such as ACLS, PALS, ITLS, etc. (dates will be announced in class). Total hours may vary for each student based upon clinical competencies obtained. Students should be prepared to dedicate 25-35 hours per week to the program from a combination of class time, studying, clinical and field internships.

As of July 1, 2020, program tuition is increasing to $6,000 and covers all course materials and fees. Tuition is payable in three equal instalments ($2,000) which are due the first night of class in: September, January, and March. The student or student’s sponsor is responsible for obtaining/providing liability insurance upon acceptance into the program.

Minimum Application Requirements:

The Applicant must meet the following requirements and deliver copies of the below listed documents and application to the Paramedic Office no later than Monday, July 6, 2020.

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Hold a valid Ohio Driver's License
  • Hold a current AHA, ASHI, or ARC BLS Healthcare Provide Card
  • Hold NIMS 100 & 700 Certifications
  • Certified as an EMT in Ohio or have National Registry EMT and actively seeking and obtaining Ohio reciprocity by the start of class
  • Completed application and checklist with $20.00 application fee (due at time of submission, cash only)

The application and the above documents must be returned in person and will be reviewed for completeness. Applications that are incomplete will not be accepted.

Admission Requirements:

  • Receive an average of 70% or higher on the pre-entrance examination
  • Complete an interview with the Student Selection Committee. Interviews will be held in mid to late July, 2020
  • CCAG PME requires all students within the program to provide professional medical liability insurance at a rate of one-million per occurrence. Information on obtaining this low cost protection will be provided upon admission into the program
  • Personal Health History, Immunization Record, and Physician Physical Exam (forms will be distributed in Acceptance Packet)
  • Hepatitis B series and current influenza vaccinations are required
  • 10 Panel Urine Toxicology Screen is required. Results must be negative. (Must be completed after date of acceptance)
  • Successfully complete a background check

Pre-Entrance Examination:

The Pre-Entrance Examination will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 8 a.m. This is an approximate four hour process that consists of an EMT test, Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam, and reading comprehension test. The components of this exam may be changed. All candidates will be notified of any changes no less than two weeks prior to the exam.

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
    • 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, IO, or IM/SC
  • Medical/Cardiac Care
    • Place and interpret electrocardiograms (ECG)
    • Synchronized cardioversion
    • Manual defibrillation
    • Transcutaneous pacing
    • More in-depth medical and trauma patient assessments 

*Paramedic course tuition is subject to change upon review and reassessment of the course on an annual

Thank you for your interest in our program. If you have further questions, please contact the Paramedic Education office at 330.344.6655 during business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Our Staff

Our Staff

Paramedic Education Program

1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, OH 44307
Fax: 330.253.8293

Medical Director
Amy Raubenolt, MD, M.Ed., MPH

Dr. Raubenolt joined the program as Medical Director in 2015. She spent nine years as a volunteer EMT-I in rural Ohio, which prompted her to change careers from teaching to medicine. Dr. Raubenolt has a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and obtained a Master’s in Public Health and medical degree at The Ohio State University. After graduating from medical school at Ohio State, Dr. Raubenolt completed her Emergency Medicine residency and EMS Fellowship at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where she served as a medical control physician for the Kalamazoo County Medical Control Authority. Dr. Raubenolt is currently the EMS Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron Fire Department, Stow Fire Department and the Akron Fire/Police TEMS/SWAT team.

Brandon Schoborg, MBA, NRP

Brandon became the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Paramedic Education Program in August 2018. He completed his paramedic education at the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Previously, he was the Assistant EMT & Paramedic Program Coordinator at Gateway Community and Technical College since 2012 and the Assistant EMS Coordinator, Engineer/Paramedic, and SWAT Operator/Paramedic with the Newport Fire/EMS Department in Kentucky since 2010. He began his teaching career in 2010 at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College. Brandon has an Associate’s Degree in EMS-Paramedic, Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science, and an MBA in Healthcare Management.

Michael Simon, AAS, NRP
Clinical Coordinator
Michael Simon, BS, NRP, C-NPT

Michael, a previous graduate of Class 39, started as an instructor with Cleveland Clinic Akron General Paramedic Education in 2018. Prior to accepting his position as Clinical Coordinator, he was a Flight Paramedic for Akron Children’s Hospital. He brings several years of rural 911, in-hospital, private transport, and critical care experience to the program. Michael has his board certification in Neonatal and Pediatric Transport. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and an Associate's in Emergency Medical Services from the University of Akron.

Danielle Bender

Danielle has been at Cleveland Clinic Akron General since 2010 and was hired in the Paramedic Education Program as the Administrative Assistant in 2017.

Lead EMT Instructor
Brad Ager, EMT-P

Brad is a graduate of Cleveland Clinic Akron General Paramedic Education Class 24 and is a Captain on the Akron Fire Department where he has worked since 2000. He has been a paramedic instructor since 2011 and has been an instructor with Akron General since 2016. He is currently one of two lead instructors and the clinical coordinator for the EMT-Basic program. He is an instructor in ACLS, BLS, ITLS and PALS.

Mike Fagan
Mike Fagan,EMT-P

Mike is a 1999 graduate of the Akron General Paramedic Program. Mike has worked for the Akron Fire Department as a Lieutenant/Paramedic since 1997. He has been an instructor since 2009, certified in BLS, ACLS, PALS, ITLS and PHTLS. He has been an instructor with Akron General's Paramedic Program since 2012. He is also a member of the Summit County Haz-Mat Team. Prior to becoming a Firefighter/Paramedic, he served his country with the United States Navy for 10 years.

Don Fobean, NRP

Don is a 1980 graduate of Akron General’s EMT-A Program and continued his EMS education at Akron General graduating from Cleveland Clinic Akron General Paramedic Education Class 7. Don initially worked as a Paramedic for an Akron based private ambulance service that included full and part-time service for over 14 years. Don was appointed to the Barberton Fire Department in April of 1987 rising to the rank of Captain/Paramedic and retired in April of 2018 following 31 years of decorated and dedicated service. Don’s fire service career included, becoming a Fire Service Instructor and was an initial member of the Summit County Special Operations Rescue Team achieving technician level in four disciplines including rope, confined space, trench and structural collapse rescue and then becoming a TAT Officer and Technical Rescue Instructor. Don started teaching with the Akron General Paramedic Education Program in 1995.

Lead EMT Instructor
Tim McCurry, EMT-P

Tim became a Paramedic Instructor for Cleveland Clinic Akron General EMS Education in August of 2016. He had previous instructor experience with the University of Akron as a Fire and EMS Instructor. Tim has worked for the City of Wadsworth Fire & EMS Department since 1999, where he serves as Lieutenant. Currently, Tim is the Administrative Co-Lead Instructor for Akron General EMS Education’s EMT program, in addition to his instructor role with the Paramedic program. He holds additional certifications as a BLS and ACLS Instructor. Tim is a graduate of Akron General’s Paramedic Class 26 where he earned the Outstanding Student and Class Valedictorian awards.

Evan Perry, NRP, C-NPT

Evan Perry, NRP, C-NPT

Evan was hired as an instructor in the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Paramedic Program in 2019 and is a 2012 graduate of the Akron General Paramedic Program. After graduation, he provided 911 ambulance response in Youngstown before transitioning to Critical Care transport for Akron Children’s Hospital. As a member of the Critical Care Flight and Ground Team at Akron Children’s Hospital, Evan provides care to a variety of patients, ranging from neonates through age 26. He holds advanced certifications in neonatal and pediatric transport, as well as burn care for Akron Children’s Regional Burn Center. Additionally, Evan assists with education, including new hire orientation, charting, quarterly simulations, operations and safety.

Anthony Riggs, FP-C
Anthony Riggs, NRP, FP-C

Tony started with CCAG Paramedic Program in the fall of 2018. He is a graduate of the Parma Hospital Paramedic Program in 2005. Since that time he has experience with both fire and EMS services of both Medina and Summit counties. He began a career in critical care transport medicine in 2012 with Med Flight of Ohio and later for Cleveland Clinic as a paramedic in Mobile Intensive Care, Flight Medicine, and Mobile Stroke Transport. Tony started in paramedic education in 2015 as a critical care educator which led him to traveling across the country teaching critical care classes for both paramedic and nursing education. Today, Tony is flying full-time as a Flight Paramedic for University Hospitals Med Evac.

Michelle Smith, EMT-P | Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Michelle Smith, EMT-P

Michelle became an instructor with the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Paramedic Education Department in 2019. She graduated from the Summa Akron City Hospital Paramedic Program in 2008 and began her career at LifeCare Medical Services. During employment with LifeCare, Michelle was selected to assist with the expansion of the company by instructing in the Education Department and performing New Hire Orientation for the Akron and Cleveland locations. Michelle joined the Western Reserve Hospital Emergency Department in 2015 where she has functioned as a Paramedic and preceptor to new EMT students and RN graduates in addition to her regular duties.