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Eastern Kentucky University Paramedic Program To Reorganize Class Schedule

Eastern Kentucky University Paramedic Program  To Reorganize Class Schedule

For the past several years, if one wanted to attend the paramedic program at EKU it was a five day a week proposition.  With the most experienced EMTs working one, two or even more jobs, that scenario just wasn’t practical for them to be away from their employment that long. With the start of the spring semester right around the corner, they are pleased to be able to introduce “stackable” classes! 

According to Bill Young, Program Director, “the concept of stackable classes is to have the pre-requisite courses to ALL be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday.  The second year will be the Advanced Sequence of Paramedic classes that will be scheduled on Monday and Wednesday.”  Reducing the total number of days on campus “was imperative as we have many highly experienced EMTs who would like to move up to paramedic, but just can’t because of the way we have been scheduling our classes”, said Young. 

In addition, the Paramedic department is offering an EMT class on the Corbin campus in the spring.  This class will be taught by Dr. Dariusz Wolman, a paramedic with many years of both EMS and law enforcement experience.  The class will be all on site in Corbin with the only time that students would need to travel would be in May for their National Registry of EMTs practical exam.  That test is provided to them, at no cost, on the main campus in Richmond. 

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.”  Young added to that statistic by saying, “EMS is the only job that I really know that you could go just about anywhere today and start work tomorrow.  Shortages of qualified personnel continue to exist in all areas of the country…not just Kentucky.”

To learn more about the Paramedic Program at EKU contact Professor Bill Young at bill.young@eku.edu or call (859) 429-1367.

Published on November 17, 2015

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