Emergency Medical Services

Chadwick E. Massie, M.Ed., Paramedic, Coordinator
Phone: (419) 995-8228
Email: massie.c@rhodesstate.edu
Office: TL 162B

As important members of the healthcare team, paramedics perform a wide variety of functions both on and off the streets. The professional paramedic is qualified by education and certification to provide pre-hospital care under the supervision of a medical director. In addition, paramedics may also hold administrative duties within their organization.

Program Goals


  • ​To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician:

  • To prepare competent entry-level Advanced Emergency Medical Technician in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. 

Mission Statement

The Emergency Medical Services Program exists to prepare students as competent, professional emergency medical services providers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to prioritize decisions and act quickly in the best interest of the patient.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills necessary to treat a variety of patients in many different environments.
  3. Adhere to the ethical and professional standards that govern the EMS profession.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills with empathy and compassion.
  5. Systematically collect and analyze patient data to effectively treat mechanism of injury or nature of illness.

Notice to Prospective or Current EMS Students

You are at risk if you have been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors. You may not be able to participate in clinical education experiences at some hospitals or other clinical sites, therefore preventing you from completing the program. A criminal record may also prevent you from obtaining a license or certificate in your chosen healthcare profession.

Technical Standards
See here for details.

Tech Prep Partner
See here for details.

Associates Degree in Technical Studies with an emphasis in Fire Science

Individuals who wish to pursue an associated degree in technical studies utilizing their Fire Fighter training should contact the EMS program chair. College credit will be awarded for state certification in the following courses:

EMS 1150Volunteer Firefighter2
EMS 1160Level I Transition Firefighter4
EMS 1170Level I Firefighter5
EMS 1180Level II Firefighter5
EMS 1190Fire Safety Inspector3

See here regarding requirements for the Associate of Technical Studies.

Re-Entry into Certification Program

Students seeking re-entry to the Emergency Medical Services Program Paramedic Certification may be accepted one time on a space-available basis. A student who withdrew or was academically disqualified from the previous academic year must be in good standing with the College. Students must score a minimum of 80% on an EMS reentry exam.

Placement Testing

Please refer to the General Allied Health Qualifications section here.

“C” grade policy

  • A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for graduation.
  • A grade of “C” or higher must be achieved in all courses carrying the specific program prefix such as DHY, EMS, MAT, NSG, OTA, PNS, PTA, RAD, RES and SRG.
  • All programs and certificates require a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in required science courses and in required basic/related health science (BHS) courses as well as in selected general education and basic/related science courses (see program requirements).

All of the following required coursework needs to have been completed within five years of matriculation into a Health Sciences program or certificate.

BIO 1000Basic Human Structure and Function3
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I (The age requirement may be waived by the Program Chair or Coordinator if the applicant is currently working in a healthcare field. )4
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II (The age requirement may be waived by the Program Chair or Coordinator if the applicant is currently working in a healthcare field. )4
BIO 1400Microbiology4
BHS 1390Medical Terminology2
BHS 2110Growth and Development: Lifespan2
CHM 1120Introductory Organic and Biochemistry4
DTN 1220Principles of Nutrition2
NSG 1721Pharmacology for Nursing2

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

To meet the expanding requirements of our clinical affiliates, both a criminal background check and a drug screen will be mandatory prior to clinical experiences for most students within the Division of Health Sciences and Public Service. Some program exceptions may apply. You are at risk if you have been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors. Students with certain felony, misdemeanor, or drug-related convictions will be ineligible for admission into clinical experiences. A criminal record may also prevent you from obtaining a license or certificate in your chosen healthcare profession or to obtain employment post-graduation. Students admitted to a program containing off-campus clinical/practicum experiences will be required to submit to drug screening. Positive drug screenings may result in dismissal from all clinical courses. Any student who refuses/fails to cooperate or complete any required drug screening will be considered “positive” and dismissed from the clinical component of their program. All students requiring drug screening may be subject to random drug screens and for cause during the program.


Recommended High School Coursework

Students are encouraged to complete college prep classes in high school. Although not required, the courses provide a better understanding of college-level work. Recommended college prep courses include:
English: 4 units
Math: 4 units
Natural Science: 3 units
Social Science: 3 units

Health Insurance

The Division of Health Sciences and Public Service is committed to protecting students, faculty, and patients from infectious diseases during clinical practice and taking every reasonable precaution to provide a safe educational and work environment. All new students entering the health-related programs will be informed of the risks of blood-borne and other infectious diseases. Students with a high risk of infectious diseases should be aware of their own health status and risk of exposure to other students, employees, or patients involved in the clinical environment. All students are required to provide their own health insurance coverage for the duration of their program and be able to provide proof of insurance if requested.