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Paramedic Program recognizes 17 graduates with pinning ceremony

Excellent instruction and real-world scenarios prepare graduates to serve their communities

August 14, 2023

The Blinn College District Paramedic Program recently welcomed 17 new graduates to the profession during a pinning ceremony held at the Blinn RELLIS Administration Building at Texas A&M-RELLIS.

Each graduate earned their paramedic technology certificate or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Associate of Applied Science degree, which qualifies them for entry-level paramedic positions and can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

Blinn’s Paramedic Program includes basic and clinical emergency medical technician, emergency pharmacology, clinical emergency medical services, trauma management, cardiology, medical emergencies, and EMS operations. Program graduates are prepared for certification or licensure by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“These graduates are invaluable first responders equipped with the skills and training to save lives,” Program Director Zack Varner said. “The state-of-the-art simulation labs at Texas A&M-RELLIS, prepare them for a wide variety of emergency situations and students complete this program with the tools to safeguard their patients.”

Blinn’s Paramedic Program is based at the RELLIS Academic Alliance Complex at Texas A&M-RELLIS in Bryan, where students gain hands-on skills utilizing the facility’s 16,000-square-foot simulation laboratories.

The graduating class includes James Bond (Ponder), Amber Bradley (Giddings), Hunter Buie (Harlingen), Juliana Byrnes (Keller), Jacey Clayton (Mount Vernon), Carson Fronefield (Sugar Land), Salvatore Garofalo (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Dylan Gavit (Leander), Brett Harrison (College Station), Joseph Hutson (Moses Lake, Wash.), Kolby Kothmann (Dime Box), Constantinos Leonidou (College Station), Shelanie Luther (Hemet, Calif.), Rebecca Spooner (Bastrop), Madeleine Tribon (Dallas), and Zackery Wright (Sonoma, Calif.).

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, paramedics earned a median salary of $53,560 in 2022 and EMTs earned a median salary of $40,120. Graduates who pass their certification and licensure exams are eligible to work in the ambulance service industry, local governments, outpatient care centers, and hospitals.

Blinn’s Paramedic Program is part of the Emergency Medical Services Program, which offers emergency medical technician and paramedic training. For more information, visit



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