Paramedic Shortage Solution
When two area ambulance companies approached Northern Essex Community College explaining the critical shortage of certified paramedics and the lack of training opportunities in the field, a new associate in science degree and certificate in paramedic technology was born.
After an advisory board of fire, police, and emergency personnel conducted a needs analysis, the program was launched in the fall of 2006. The program prepares students for advanced emergency medical services and is presented through a series of lectures, laboratories, a hospital clinical, and a field internship. Graduates will be placed with ambulance companies, fire departments, and emergency rooms.
""There is a big need to have paramedics trained locally, and this program benefits Trinity as well as other ambulance companies and also local fire departments. "
Marianne Bitner, director of clinical services at Trinity EMS