Overview

Overview

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 1200 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 21 in the State of Ohio and one of 477 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
330.344.6655

For more information, email benderd3@ccf.org.

Statistics

Statistics

National Registry CBT Exam

Grad Year 2017 2016 2015
# of Grads 25 34 31
# of Grads attempting 25 34 31
# passing - 1st attempt 15 22 18
# passing - subsequent attempts 8 9 12
Total Passing to Date 23 31 30
# of Grads Passing NR CBT 92% 91% 97%

National Registry Psychomotor Exam

Grad Year 2017 2016 2015
# of Grads 25 34 31
# of Grads attempting 25 34 31
# passing - 1st attempt 25 33 31
# passing - subsequent attempts 0 1 0
Total Passing to Date 25 34 31
# of Grads Passing NR CBT 100% 100% 100%

Attrition/Retention

On Time Graduation Date Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Students in Class 32 42 38
# of Students dropped (attrition) 25 34 31
% attrition 21.87% 19.05% 18.43%
% retention 78.13% 80.95% 81.57%
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 fees are included in the tuition. The National Registry Examination fee of $80 is to be paid by the student to the National Registry upon examination registration, usually one month prior to completion date.

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.

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Requirements:

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 BLS Provider CPR certification card

Additional Requirements:

  • Pass the pre-entrance exam ($10.00 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 $10 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 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

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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 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 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 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 800 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.

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Current program tuition is $5,400* and is payable in three equal installments ($1,800) due the first night of class in September, January and March. All major textbooks are included in the tuition in addition to the required student uniform shirt. The National Registry Examination fee of $125 is payable by the student at time of exam registration (beginning of May).

The student or student sponsor is responsible for obtaining/providing liability insurance upon acceptance into the program. There is an additional fee of $84 payable by the student when registering for Fisdap, the clinical skills and scheduling software utilized.

Requirements:

The applicant must meet the following requirements and submit copies of the below listed documents and application to the paramedic office no later than one week prior to the pre-entrance exam date held early July.

  • Completed application
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Hold a valid Ohio Driver's License (copy with application)
  • Hold a current AHA BLS Healthcare Provide Card (copy with application)
  • Have certification as an EMT in Ohio, or have National Registry EMT and actively seeking and obtaining Ohio reciprocity by the start of class (copy with application)
  • A current picture of yourself for identification purposes (2x2, wallet, snapshot) - no photo copies
  • Official High School Transcript or Equivalent (G.E.D.) and College Transcripts (sent to the program by the applicant’s high school and college) - must be submitted to office before the interview process
  • Two letter of recommendation forms - one to be completed by your EMT Instructor, if possible. The other to be completed by either your pre-hospital service medical director, operations director, work supervisor, or someone that has known you for at least two years (no immediate family members). Must be submitted to office before the interview process.
  • Proof of successful completion of anatomy and physiology if not listed on required college transcripts. This proof must be in your student file by the first night of class. Information for an online opportunity will be in admission packets.

The application and the above documents will be reviewed for completeness. Letters will be emailed confirming your registration a few weeks before the pre-entrance exam date.

Additional Requirements:

  • Pass the pre-entrance exam. $10.00 fee due the night of the pretest, subject to change. 
  • Pass a personal interview by the Student Selection Committee. Interviews are held mid to late July. 
  • Akron General 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 and Physician Physical Exam (forms will be distributed in acceptance packet).  
  • Documentation of Immunization History will be required (immunization record form will be distributed in acceptance packet).  
  • Hepatitis B series and current flu season vaccinations are required.
  • 10 Panel Urine Toxicology Screen is required (must be current within one year of start of class).

Pre-Entrance Exam:

The Pre-Entrance Exam is held early July (date to be announced in the spring) and is an approximate four hour process that consists of: 100 Multiple Choice EMT exam based on the DOT EMT Curriculum, Scholastic Level Exam, Math Exam, and Reading Comprehension Exam.

There is a $10 fee due the night of the pretest, subject to change (cash or money order only).

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 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

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Our Staff

Our Staff

Paramedic Education Program
1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, OH 44307
330.344.6655
Fax: 330.253.8293


Medical Director
Amy Raubenolt, MD, M.Ed., MPH
Raubena2@ccf.org
330.344.1799


Director
Brandon Schoborg, MBA, NRP
Schobob@ccf.org 
330.344.2052


Clinical Coordinator

Rob Clark, NRP
Clarkr2@ccf.org
330.344.6504


Secretary

Danielle Bender
Benderd3@ccf.org
330.344.6655


Instructor

Brad Ager, NRP


Instructor
John Carney, BS, NRP

Mike Fagan
Instructor

Mike Fagan, NRP


Instructor

Don Fobean, NRP


Instructor

Tim McCurry, NRP