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History of the UToledo EMS Education Program

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Starting back in the late 1970s,  the Medical College of Ohio (MCO) began offering EMS/paramedic certification training.  It was the only such training program in the northwest part of Ohio and attracted students from a large geographic area.  The program's predominate base of students was from the region's fire departments (both paid and volunteer).  

In the late 1980s, the EMS/paramedic program was moved from MCO to The University of Toledo and the program was offered as a degree tract and at a faster-paced, non-degree tract to fulfill demand. 

The opening of UToledo's Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center (IISC) brought many new state-of-the art technologies and training and simulation resources to NW Ohio.  With cutting edge advancements, in 2013, the Toledo's Fire & Rescue Department (TFRD) entered into an agreement with The University of Toledo to reestablish an EMS/Paramedic program at UT-IISC.  

The University of Toledo EMS Education received national accreditation in 2018 and the program continues to expand while remaining committed to excellence. Beginning summer of 2021, the department will offer: Anatomy and Physiology as a prerequisite course for Paramedic education, Basic Emergency Medical Technician in 3 tracts and a Paramedic Certificate course with included new telemedicine curriculum over 3 semesters. Future short- range plans include offering a Community Paramedicine course, R.N. to Paramedic and Paramedic to R.N. bridge courses, and associate and bachelor degree options for Paramedic education. 

Last Updated: 6/27/22