med amb class 500

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/19/13) – Twelve senior students from Hopkins County Central High School and Madisonville North Hopkins High School are the first group to participate in the new First Steps Paramedical Program. The students are enrolled in a dual credit six-credit hour Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class that meets on the Health Sciences Campus of Madisonville Community College (MCC) this fall.

This unique program was created through the collaboration of Baptist Health Madisonville, Madisonville Community College, West Area Health Education Center and Hopkins County Schools, along with support from the Medical Center Ambulance Service in Madisonville. According to MCC’s Chief Academic Affairs Officer Dr. Deborah Cox, “This program is built on the successful First Steps Nursing program that has offered local high school students, who are selected on a competitive basis, a college medical pathway. The First Steps Paramedical students have an excellent instructor in Justin Cardwell.”
 
Martha Pleasant, Director of the West Area Health Education Center at Baptist Health Madisonville, adds, “This was a very exciting development that offered these students a great career and college pathway into the emergency medical services field. After students complete their courses, they are prepared to take their National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Examination required to work as an EMT and to enter the MCC paramedical program with six college credits already completed.”
 
“This new program is a product of the ongoing partnership between the district and local institutions seeking to provide creative pathways to our students as they leave high school,” stated Linda Zellich, Hopkins County Schools Superintendent. “The partners in this program worked hard last year to put this program together, not the least of which was to reduce the costs for this class from over $1,000 to under $100 to make it affordable to all students.”
 
The current First Steps Paramedical students will complete the program in February. Current high school juniors that meet the Health Science prerequisite courses and are interested in this program or the First Steps Nursing program for next school year should contact their Health Science instructor or the high school guidance counselor for an application.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Joyce Riggs (Madisonville Community College)
e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

July 02, 2015 15134

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 7593

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 4457

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 3590

KMA Reminds Motorists of New Kentucky Red Light…

by David Holt
June 30, 2015 3557

Earlington Man Faces Multiple Charges after…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 45631

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 15134

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 05, 2015 1179

More Dental Patients Using ER in Kentucky

by Al Cross
July 04, 2015 940

Recycling Equals Fun During iRecycling Regatta

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 890

4th Fest Ends with ‘a Bang’ of Music, Fireworks

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 852

Hopkins County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
July 05, 2015 617

Study: One Dose of HPV Vaccine Effective

by Melissa Patrick
July 05, 2015 601

Legislator's Log - Week of July 5, 2015

by Brent Yonts
July 05, 2015 576

Hopkins Ham Radio Operators Link to World

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 516

July 4 Saturday on the Square Features Patriotic…

by Mike Groves, SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 440

Mementos at Traveling Wall to be Collected by…

by Lisa Aug