Automobile accident injuries, heart attacks, near drowning, unscheduled childbirths, poisonings and gunshot wounds all demand urgent medical attention. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics are often the first responders that assess a patient’s needs, give immediate care, and transport patients to medical facilities. Their job requires an extensive knowledge of emergency medicine as well as a calm demeanor and excellent driving skills.

EMTs provide immediate life-saving emergency care, and paramedics are able to perform more advanced care, such as administering drugs orally and intravenously, interpreting electrocardiograms (EKGs), performing endotracheal intubations and using monitors and other complex equipment.

You can begin this exciting and rewarding career by becoming certified as an EMT in as little as one semester at Lorain County Community College. You may then further your education and become a paramedic in one year. Of course, you may choose to further your education beyond LCCC through our University Partnership or transfer programs.

Career Opportunities

EMTs and paramedics work primarily for ambulance services, local governments and hospitals. EMTs and paramedics work both indoors and outdoors, in all types of weather. Their work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations. 

EMS/Paramedic Programs at LCCC

Short-Term Technical Certificates

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

 One-Year Certificates

EMS – Paramedic


University Partnership Programs

Our EMS/Paramedic Program courses may transfer to these university partnership programs:

  Certificate in Health Care Management from Youngstown State University

   Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Allied Health from Youngstown State University 

  Bachelor of Science in Applied Science with a Public Health major from Youngstown State University

  Master of Health and Human Services from Youngstown State University 

Transfer to another college or university

LCCC is a great place to start. You can complete the first years of your education at LCCC at our lower tuition rate and then transfer your credits to another college or university to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

  Learn more about how to transfer LCCC credits to another college or university

Getting started while you’re still in high school

You don’t have to wait to graduate from high school to start earning college credit.

The College Credit Plus program offers you an opportunity to earn college credit as early as seventh grade. Courses are frequently offered on-site at local high schools. Students may also have the option of taking LCCC classes online or on our campus. Classes taken through CCP count for both high school and college credit and are FREE for most students. 

The MyUniversity program, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools, provides a pathway for high school students to the full college experience – starting in high school!

   Learn more about earning college credit in high school.