Madisonville Community College's first Paramedic Technology program graduates
are off to a strong start. Three of the four December 2013 graduates have sat for
and successfully passed the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic
(NREMTP) Examination on their first attempt. They are now eligible for licensure
by the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services. The remaining graduate is scheduled
to test in May.
Program graduate Susan Boswell was the first to test and pass the NREMTP exam. "Since
receiving my EMT certification in 2008, I wanted to get my Paramedic license and Madisonville
Community College gave me that chance. I felt really excited to be accepted into
the first Paramedic class, shared Boswell. She is employed with Medical Center Ambulance
Service; her future plans include expanding her knowledge in the field by obtaining
her Critical Care Paramedic license in summer 2014.
The Paramedic Technology Program enables students to gain a unique and in-depth experience
in the emergency health services. Through a rigorous process of academic and clinical
applications, they are prepared to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of an EMS
Paramedic as pertaining to the care and transportation of the ill and injured.
Students are required to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, sound moral and
ethical character, critical thinking abilities, and the capacity for making quick
and appropriate decisions regarding patient care and management. As professional
healthcare providers, paramedic graduates are taught how to interact effectively with
other emergency services personnel, to be dynamic leaders, to value life-long learning
and personal development, to be of service within their communities, and above all
to respect and sustain human life. Upon successful completion of the program, you
will be well prepared to assume their duties as a patient advocate working always
to act on behalf of those in need.
Tim Martin, MCC's Paramedic Technology program coordinated, stated, "I am pleased
with our Paramedic program graduates. These students worked hard and showed great
discipline with their studies. Each student participated in a two part National Registry
exam. The first exam was skill competencies where each student had to demonstrate
competency in multiple stations and pass oral exams with two physicians. The second
part was the written exam that tested students on areas such as trauma, cardiac, obstetrics,
and many other areas of emergency medicine. The written test challenges their knowledge,
application, and problem solving skills.
Being a paramedic is a very rewarding job. Paramedics not only save lives but also
make a difference in all of the people they come in contact with. They enjoy the
independence of being a respected health care professional in the field while also
working as a team with all of the different emergency services, noted Martin.
The second class of program students are currently completing coursework and will
be testing in May 2015. For additional information on the Paramedic Technology program,
visit MCC's website at Madisonville.kctcs.edu or contact Martin at 270.824.1752.