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A ceremony was held on April 10 to recognize the 11 students who successfully completed the paramedic program this spring at Harford Community College. The event was well attended, with over 50 family and friends celebrating with the graduates. The cohort began in September 2017; graduates are now eligible to sit for the National Registry Paramedic certification examinations.

Patrick Campbell, EMS Program Specialist, welcomed the invited guests and students and recognized the faculty and administrative staff that supports the program. He specifically thanked Steve Proctor who was the lead instructor for the class throughout the 18 months of the program. In addition, he recognized Dawn Reimer, CET Associate for Nursing & Allied Health Professions and Tim Graham, paramedic instructor, for their support and dedication to the success of this cohort and the overall Emergency Medical Services programs at the College. 

Laura Preston, Dean for Nursing & Allied Health Professions, spoke about the dedication the paramedic program requires as well as time spent away from family, and recognized the faculty, staff, and the College’s clinical partners. Dr. Timothy Chizmar, who serves as the Paramedic Program Medical Director, shared the state of Maryland’s vision for increased community involvement with EMS and the challenges of providing medical care to individuals when they are at their most vulnerable.

Cory Townsend was the class speaker and shared his experience in the program and the relationships that were made. He ended by saying, “As a whole, countless patients’ lives will be saved because of the efforts of the people you see standing here today.”

HCC’s EMS programs attract students from all over the region, including Cecil County and Baltimore County and City, as well as Delaware and Pennsylvania. According to Patrick Campbell, “One of the reasons that students come from a wide geographical area for this program is that it is offered through Continuing Education. Students are able to complete the program in less than 18 months and gain immediate employment as a paramedic after passing National Registry certification. Another benefit to the program is that after obtaining National Registry certification and taking one three-credit class at HCC, students are awarded 28 credits toward an associate of applied science technical/professional studies degree.”

In addition, HCC’s program boasts a state-of-the-art simulations lab and equipment, computer labs, and ambulance simulator, as well as a team of experienced instructors with solid reputations. Paramedic classes also have the opportunity to attend the Martin State Airport Helicopter Use tour, as well as a trip to the University of Maryland cadaver lab. This particular class also participated in an interdisciplinary simulation of a mass casualty incident with the College’s nursing students.

The College’s paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The program takes 18 months and a total of 864 hours to complete.

For more information on Harford Community College’s paramedic program, call 443-412-2554 or email ems@harford.edu.  


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