Central Texas College held a ceremony today to recognize students completing the Emergency Medical Technician program in the spring semester. Eleven students finished the certificate program and are now eligible to take the state licensing exam to become a certified EMT by the Texas Department of Health and/or the National Registry of EMTs.

Completing the 33-credit hour certificate program were Zachary Avants, Lauren Collins, Sarah Foley, class valedictorian; Adam Green, Wesley Green, Charles Johnson, Crystal Lyman, Christine Ortiz, Tabitha Sherman, Natasha Smith and Marvin Taylor, class salutatorian.

CTC offers the EMT program as a one-year certificate program or a two-year credit program leading to an associate degree in applied science. The certificate program entails study in courses such as trauma management, EMT basic, clinical EMT, cardiology and EMS operations. Student also must participate in various clinicals and practicums.

Students seeking a two-year degree must maintain current EMT certification throughout the program until they are certified as a paramedic. Some of these graduates took the National Registry skills exam being administered May 10 at CTC.

CTC offers one of the only 35 nationally-accredited EMT programs in Texas. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. To learn more, call 254-526-1265 or 254-526-1479.

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