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A ceremony was held on May 15, 2018, to recognize the 17 students who successfully completed the paramedic program this spring at Harford Community College. The event was well attended, with over 70 family and friends celebrating with the graduates. The cohort began in October of 2016; completers are now eligible to sit for the National Registry Paramedic Certification Examinations.

Dr. Steven Thomas, Vice President of Academic Affairs at the College, spoke about lifelong learning and encouraged the class to come back to Harford Community College for their professional development. Laura Preston, Dean for Nursing & Allied Health Professions, spoke about the dedication the paramedic program requires, time spent away from family, and recognized the faculty, staff and the College’s clinical partners. The class presented the paramedic program management and administrative staff with a plaque thanking the College for their commitment and dedication.

Two students addressed their fellow classmates, speaking on behalf of the entire graduating class. Justin Sevier expressed his gratitude for all of the instructors who contributed to his successfully completing the program after many challenges along the way. Anthony Monaco concluded his speech saying, ”I want to thank Ken and all the instructors for not only giving us the information and skill sets, but for pushing us and believing in us. I also want to thank our families for supporting us and dealing with our absence for hundreds of hours as we advanced our craft, as well as ourselves.”

This graduating cohort of paramedic completers came from all over the region, with students practicing EMS in Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore Counties and City, as well as Delaware and Pennsylvania. According to Patrick Campbell, the College’s EMS Program Specialist, “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 with HCC, students are awarded 28 credits towards 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.

Mr. Campbell also acknowledged Dr. Tim Chizmar, the Medical Director of the College’s Emergency Medical Services programs, who was present at the ceremony. He stated, “We are lucky to have such an involved medical director who is invested in a quality program and student success. He makes it a point to visit new classes and is available to the instructors and students throughout the program.” Dr. Chizmar is a board-certified emergency physician at University of Maryland, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, MD. In addition to clinical practice in the ED, he is a co-chair of the hospital's emergency management committee, focused on planning and training to increase preparedness. He also serves as the EMS Director (base station and liaison) for Upper Chesapeake Health. He works closely with local EMS as the Harford County EMS Medical Director, and with the Baltimore metropolitan region as the MIEMSS Region III Medical Director.

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.

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


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