Automobile accident injuries, heart attacks, strokes, near drowning, unscheduled childbirths, poisonings and gunshot wounds all demand urgent medical attention. Emergency Medical Services Personnel 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.

There are four recognized certification levels for Emergency Medical Services.  Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), and Paramedic.  LCCC offers education that leads to certification for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic Levels.

EMTs provide immediate life-saving emergency care.  The care provided includes managing cardiac arrest, assisting ventilations, splinting broken bones, and administering several medications.

Paramedics are able to perform more advanced care, such as administering many medications via various routes, establishing vascular access, interpreting electrocardiograms (EKGs), performing endotracheal intubations, and using monitors and other complex equipment.  In order to become a paramedic, you must first obtain your EMT certification.

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. 

Emergency Medical Programs at LCCC

Short-Term Technical Certificates

Emergency Medical Services (EMT)

 One-Year Certificates

EMS – Paramedic