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EMTs Pump It Up in Gaylord

Certified Basic Emergency Medical Technicians now can take advantage of the new paramedic program at Kirtland Community College’s MTEC center in Gaylord.

Kirtland EMS instructor, Joe Rubino, instructs a group of students on proper care of a patient during an emergency scene simulation.

Kirtland EMS instructor, Joe Rubino, instructs a group of students on proper care of a patient during an emergency scene simulation.

“It’s the first time we’ve offered the paramedic program in Gaylord,” Kirtland’s Dean of Occupational Programs, Laura Percival, said. “We have our first group of paramedic students currently enrolled on the Roscommon campus.
“Students need a valid EMT certificate to get into the four-semester program. When they’re done, they can sit for the National Registry Paramedic certification exam.”

The program is state licensed and in the process of accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, or CoAEMSP.

“We turned in all the paperwork, and we have a letter of review with CoAEMSP,” Percival said. “The Letter of Review phase allows students who graduate to take the national registry exam.”

The semester begins Jan. 12, 2015. Classes are scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for the semester. Percival said there still is time to register.

“It’s a great opportunity for working, basic EMTs who want to take that next step up,” Percival said. “They can advance their career, make more money — and do it right in their back yard.”

Those interested must call Kirtland’s Academic Advisor, Shawn Ott, at 989-275-5000 ext. 280 to register.