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Emergency Medical Services - EMS

 

Why study Emergency Medical Services?

Expert instructors, realistic training environments, and proven partnerships with community agencies make the nationally accredited Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program at COCC an immersive, challenging, and extremely rewarding education in lifesaving. From a one-year EMT certificate to a two-year Paramedicine associate degree, the rigorous EMS program covers the full scope of emergency response skills and clinical preparedness.  

"It's the greatest career I could have imagined." — Steve Pengra, COCC EMS instructor and retired fire captain 

Students work with the latest in training equipment, such as ventilators, simulation mannequins, a unique indoor replica ambulance, and a fully operational ambulance, as they prepare for fulfilling and high-demand careers in the field of emergency services.

"St. Charles has worked closely with our COCC community partners for about 50 years," says Janice Pendroy, a clinical practice and professional development specialist at St. Charles Health System. "The EMS program trains the new generation of EMT and paramedic students, who will go out into the community and partner with the health system as first responders. These students rotate through St. Charles' family birthing unit, emergency departments, pediatric department, and operating rooms to gain experience as part of their EMS programs. The clinical practice and professional development department of St. Charles Health System collaborates with COCC EMS leadership in providing comprehensive clinical experiences." 

PROGRAMS

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides comprehensive training for students interested in working in the health care field of emergency first responder that ranges from emergency medical technician to paramedic.

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CAREER INFORMATION

Career Paths

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Career Paths In EMS

STUDENT STORIES

Student Stories

Testimonials from EMS students and graduates.

Student and Alumni Stories

MEET OUR FACULTY

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Contacts

Public Service Education Department
541-383-7795
paramedicine@cocc.edu 
Emergency Medical Services Directory

Paula Simone
Chair of Public Service Education
Associate Professor Structural Fire PD
541-383-7404
psimone@cocc.edu 

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