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Emergency Medical Services/Fire Science 2016-2017

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In many areas, emergency medical services are provided through Fire Service agencies. This unique Associate of Technical Studies degree provides the student with the opportunity to combine these two programs into a degree with specific preparation for entering or advancing in such agencies.

The Associate of Technical Studies degree offers the EMT Certificate and the Paramedic Certificate accredited by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS (certificate # 311). The Columbus State Community College Paramedic Certificate is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP # 600009).

Students must first complete the EMT course and then pass the State/National EMT Certificate written and practical exams. By state law a student must be certified as an Ohio EMT before enrolling in the Paramedic Certificate program. In addition to EMT certification as above, students must also complete EMS 1002 (Paramedic Preparation Course) as a prerequisite, and a pretesting process, which includes the Field Internship Student Data Acquisition Project (FISDAP) Admission Assessment exam.

Good mental and physical health is critical in emergency services; therefore, students must have a physical examination, meet the program health requirements and be covered by the EMT-student liability insurance. To meet clinical affiliation agreement requirements, students in the EMT and Paramedic courses must successfully complete a background check, which includes fingerprinting and drug screening.

Upon completion of the Associate of Technical Studies in Emergency Medical/Fire Science, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry level paramedic
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry level firefighter
  • Exhibit behaviors consistent with professional standards and employer expectations
  • Analyze legal, ethical and administrative concepts that influence EMS and Fire systems
  • Demonstrate the duties and responsibilities of Incident Command
  • Determine unique rescue tactics necessary to employ on emergency responses.

For student outcomes for EMT Certificate and Paramedic Certificate, see Emergency Medical Services.

NOTE: If you currently have EMT, Paramedic, Firefighter I and II and/or Apprenticeship certification, you may qualify for Nontraditional Credit (“N”) which may apply toward the degree.

Contact EMS or Fire Science Technology faculty (email: or to determine your individual status.

Emergency Medical Services/Fire Science Associate of Technical Studies Degree

Semester 1 . .
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
EMS 1861 Paramedic I 8
EMS 1862 Paramedic II 4
Semester 2 . .
EMS 1863 Paramedic III 8
EMS 1864 Paramedic IV 4
Summer Semester . .
EMS 1865 Paramedic V 6
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
CHEM 1111 Elementary Chemistry I 4
. or .
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology 4
Semester 3 . .
FIRE 1106 Fire Behavior & Combustion 3
FIRE 1100 Principles Emergency Services 3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list 3
MATH 1109 Math for Emergency Services 3
Semester 4 . .
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
FIRE 1105 Strategies and Tactics 3
XXXX XXXX Basic Elective 8

Basic Electives

The following courses are approved for Basic elective requirements:

CRJ 1116 Government and the Law 3
EMS 1107 Search & Rescue Wilderness 5
EMS 1108 WMD for Emergency Services 2
EMS 1109 Emergency Psychiatric Intervention 2
EMS 1866 RN to Paramedic Bridge 6
EMS 2000 EMS Management 3
EMS 2001 Disaster Planning & ICS 2
EMS 2002 12 Lead EKG Interpretation & Adv. Cardiac Treatment 2
EMS 2005 Paramedic Refresher 2
EMS 2101 Critical Care Transport 6
EMS 2102 Public Safety Service Instructor 5
SES 1100 Personal Fitness Concepts 3
FIRE 2006 Legal Aspects of Emergency Services 3

Approved General Education (GE) List


ARCH 2100 History of Architecture 3
HART 1201 History of Art I 3
HART 1202 History of Art II 3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648 3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648 3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877 3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877 3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I: Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500 3
HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western/Non-Amer since 1500 3
HIST 2223 African-American History I: 1451-1876 3
HIST 2224 African-American History II: 1877-Present 3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities 3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions 3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History 3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3

NOTE: Prerequisite for FIRE courses in this degree: Firefighter II certificate (FIRE 1122OR equivalent State of Ohio Firefighter II certification.

Prerequisite for EMS courses in this degree: EMT certificate (EMS 1860) OR equivalent State of Ohio EMT certification.

Prerequisite for Paramedic I course in this degree: EMS 1002 Paramedic Preparation Course