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November 04, 2010
Gwinnett Tech Paramedic Technology Program Honored for Role in National Registry of EMT's Pilot Program
GTC is one of only eight schools nationwide to participate
The Gwinnett Technical College Paramedic Technology program has been honored for its participation in and contributions to the National Registry of EMT's (NREMT) Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio Project, which determines how paramedics are evaluated and nationally certified.
Gwinnett Tech was chosen to participate in the pilot program in August 2009 – one of only eight schools in the nation selected. GTC's paramedic program is the only one in Georgia to be accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Service Professions. GTC has also participated in the past with the NREMT in other pilot programs that set the course for EMS education.
The NREMT Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio Project will determine if the current 12 station psychomotor competency needs to be modified to reflect a scenario-based exam. If changed, this will adjust how students' competency levels will be evaluated to determine if the skills they acquire in the classroom are transferred to caring for patients in real life scenarios.
"We are very proud that our program and our students are playing a key role in shaping the future of national paramedic certification," said Allan Dalrymple, Gwinnett Tech program director of emergency services education. "I look forward to seeing the positive changes that will be made to NREMT standards to certify paramedic students."
Since 1996, Gwinnett Tech's Paramedic Technology students have achieved either a 100 or 92 percent first-time pass rate on the NREMT paramedic exam. The national average remains at 68 percent.
GTC offers an associate degree and diploma in paramedic technology, plus three levels of certificate programs for Emergency Medical Technicians.
GTC offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate program options that you can finish in two years or less. For more information on all programs, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, serves more than 21,000 students annually to meet the workforce training needs of the region. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech’s service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or callÂ 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College.Â In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visitÂ www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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