Paramedic School

Our Goal

The goal of our program in alignment with CoAEMSP Standard II.C is 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.

Student Admission Notice

Students are accepted on a priority basis according to their fire department or EMS system affiliation.

  • Active members of a fire department or government-based EMS system will be given priority admission consideration.
  • Non-fire department applicants, those affiliated with a private EMS or ambulance company and others are accepted on a “space available” basis.


Our goal is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

1100 hours (approximately 14-20 months)

All persons interested in registering for a paramedic class must apply with EMS Professions, meet all admission requirements and successfully complete a class entry examination.

Class Dates

Click for Class Entry Exam dates and Paramedic School start dates

Admission Requirements

  • Valid Ohio driver’s license
  • Valid high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Current Ohio EMT Certification
  • Current American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider course completion card
  • Class Entry Examination (Pretest) score of at least 75% successful (see dates below)
  • Satisfactory physical exam completed within the past (school-provided form must be used)
  • Payment of tuition or payment plan approval no later than the first scheduled day of class
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: proof of completion no later than the first scheduled day of class
    • Option 1: Human Anatomy and Physiology by Grant EMS Education — A hybrid online/on-site course designed for students who need human anatomy and physiology as a prerequisite for paramedic school. To complete the course, students are expected to have basic reading, writing and math skills. This is a self-paced course that requires the successful completion of 20 chapter assignments and a midterm and final exam. Chapter assignments are completed online, and testing is completed onsite in the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center computer lab.
    • Option 2: Anatomy and Physiology consisting of at least four credit hours. Note: Course curricula may be reviewed to assist in determining acceptance of A&P credits. We recommend potential students contact us to discuss admission requirements prior to enrolling in an A&P class.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement may be considered for these healthcare professionals:

  • Currently licensed registered nurse with a minimum of five years recent experience in an emergency department or other critical care area
  • Currently licensed physician assistant with a minimum of five years recent experience in an emergency department


$4,950 and up (dependent upon day vs. night class and EMS department’s affiliation with program) includes textbooks, labs, standardized specialty courses (e.g. ACLS, AMLS, ASLS, ITLS, NRP, PALS, PEARS, PEPP), initial National Registry Testing, school uniform shirt and priority on-campus parking.

Payment plans and VA assistance may be available to qualified students.


Qualified applicants must complete an application and submit information as required.

Notice: Applicants cannot be scheduled for a Class Entry Exam session if the required application and associated documents have not been submitted as required.

Class Entry Exams

Applicants must contact the EMS Professions office at (614) 566-9111 to schedule a Class Entry Exam date and time.

The exam score will be valid for one year from the date of the exam, i.e. you may take the Class Entry Exam on any scheduled date for any class that starts within one year.

Applicants must submit their completed application and associated documents before scheduling a Class Entry Exam session.

Please arrive in the EMS Education office (Suite 250, 393 East Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215) no less than 15 minutes before the scheduled exam start time. Plan accordingly to accommodate potential travel delays, heavy traffic, etc.

Potential students who arrive late or have not submitted the required documents before scheduling their Class Entry Exam session will not be admitted.

Clinical Rotation Requirements

  • Emergency Department/Psychiatric/Labor & Delivery – 192 hours
  • ICU/CCU – 20 hours
  • Pediatrics – 24 hours
  • Operating Rooms – 6
  • Neonatal Intensive Care – 16 hours
  • Paramedic Field Internship – 300 hours

Course Completion Requirements

Upon successful completion of all requirements, including student orientation, class attendance, assignments and examinations, field-based clinical rotations, hospital-based clinical rotations and any other student/class requirements, the student may be eligible to sit for the Ohio EMS Certification Exam (National Registry).

Program Outcomes

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review
(LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee
on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2018.

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State
Cognitive exam was 100%.

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 97.9%.
Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related
field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive
placement is measured at completion of the program.

The most recent retention rate was 74.6%.


Information is subject to change. Contact the EMS Education office to confirm information and details.

National Registry of EMTs

All National Registry practical exams have open registration. Students outside of the Grant EMS Educaiton program may complete testing at our test site. You must make a testing reservation and bring a government issued photo ID with you to the exam site. National Registry of EMTs

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Additional Information

Online: Contact Us
Telephone: (614) 566.9111


The Franklin County Firefighters | Grant Medical Center EMS Education program is accredited by the State of Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS (Accreditation # 314).

The Franklin County Firefighters | Grant Medical Center EMS Education program’s paramedic school is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon review and recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992