Central Texas College was named one of the top schools for graduating students looking to make a career out of saving lives.

The college was 32 out of 100 school listed by Fire Science Online for the website's annual 100 Colleges Where Graduates Save Lives rankings. The rankings include colleges that offer first responder programs such as firefighting, EMT, law enforcement and others.

To create the list, Fire Science Online reviewed nearly 7,000 first response programs across from almost 2,500 colleges and universities in the country.

“The fully-accredited colleges and universities on the list have dedicated a significant portion of their resources to training EMTs, firemen and women and other first responders,” said Matt Davis, managing director of Fire Science Online.

Central Texas College offers an associate degree of applied science in paramedicine. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the licensing exam to become a certified emergency medical technician (EMT), advanced EMT or paramedic through the National Registry of EMTs and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The college also offers the EMT, advanced EMT and the paramedic programs as certificates of completion.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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