August 5, 2013
State-of-the-art training prepares grads to save lives
The Blinn College – Bryan campus Paramedic Program recently graduated 35 students in a pinning ceremony hosted at the College’s Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room.
Each graduate completed 45 credit hours in earning their paramedic technology certificate, which qualifies them for entry-level paramedic positions. Courses include basic and clinical emergency medical technician, clinical emergency medical services, trauma management, cardiology, medical emergencies and EMS operations. Students must also complete the Paramedic Academy, a three-semester program that prepares students for certification or licensure by the National Registry of EMTs and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Members of this year’s graduating class include: Nikki Albrecht, James Bishop, Colter Cashion, Benjamin Corbin, Jeremy Engel, David Gillis, Kendall Kusak, Patrick Mattina, Justin May, Jonathan Meyerdirk, Jason Morton, David Overstreet, Mark Rosenbaum, Logan Stehling, John Thomas, Lance Wood, Mat Beasley, Ryan Campbell, Collin Cooksey, Bond Donahoe, Jade Farias, Nicholas Krejchi, James Mack, Cody May, Mason McLemore, Jose Montalvo, Justin Orler, Frederick Painter, Adam Smith, Colby Swearingen, Joshua Turner and Justin Woolard.
Graduates received the Certificate of Paramedic Technology, which can be applied to working in the field or obtaining a full bachelor’s degree. Program Director Tony Harrison, a 28-year veteran paramedic who spent 23 years with the Houston Fire Department, attributes much of the program’s success to experienced instructors and prime facilities.
“We have a very consistent faculty with longtime EMS experience,” Harrison said. “We also have a state-of-the-art simulation department, which allows us to simulate calls and injuries that our students would not see as frequently if they had to wait for the same situations to occur in the field.”
Harrison said roughly half the 35 graduating paramedic students will stay in the Bryan-College Station area, applying their skills to keeping local residents safe.
“The program here is very inviting,” Harrison said. “And because of the wide variety of resources, the Bryan-College Station area is a great place to work in this field.”
In his address to the graduating class of paramedics, Harrison made the following charge:
“As of January 2013, there are less than 29,000 paramedics in the state of Texas,” Harrison told the graduating class. “The population of Texas is 26 million. That means each of you has about 900 people to take care of, so get to work!”