(Marietta, Ga. – Sept. 9, 2013) Chattahoochee Technical College was recently named one of the Top 100 Colleges where Graduates Save Lives. This list, which is put together by FireScience.org, looked at more than 2,500 accredited schools and programs throughout the United States to determine those that offered the best first response programs.
“This designation is significant to our Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services and Paramedicine programs,” said Chattahoochee Technical College Vice President for Academic Affairs Brenda White. “We are providing these students with a valuable education that will enable them to better serve their communities in times of emergencies.”
Like many of the colleges on the list, Chattahoochee Technical College offers Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services and Paramedicine to students at the diploma or associate degree levels. Each of the programs offers innovative classroom, online, hybrid or clinical experiences that prepare the students for the job market.
The Emergency Medical Services Program is a diploma level program taught at the college’s North Metro Campus in Acworth and consists of 45 credit hours of classroom and clinical work beyond the general education prerequisites. The program covers both the U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Medical Technician Curriculum and the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Curriculum. Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take both the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT and AEMT certification examinations and receive Georgia licensure as an Advanced EMT.
Offered primarily online at Chattahoochee Technical College, the Fire Science Technology Program is offered at both the associate degree and diploma levels. In addition to general education courses, students in the program study strategy, tactics, administration, investigation, prevention and incident command. The program has been designed to serve students who want to go into fire-related careers, such as fire inspectors and insurance investigators, as well as current firefighters.
Offered at both the diploma and associate degree levels the Paramedicine Program provides students who hold current certification as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician with the opportunity to expand their skills to the paramedic level. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the NREMT Paramedic examination. While there is no difference in the course content between the diploma and degree level programs, pre-admissions courses and career opportunities do differ.
See the full list of rankings here.