Central Texas College (CTC) and the Fort Hood Education Center announced the addition of a new program enabling military and Department of Defense first responders to earn paramedic certification in less time required than the traditional program. The new Military Articulation Paramedic program will award credit to 68W soldiers for their experience, knowledge and military trauma courses, thus allowing them to articulate from their current EMT certification as a 68W to a paramedic in two semesters, plus internship, instead of the traditional four semesters.

The first class for the Military Articulation Paramedic program is scheduled to launch October 23 and is limited to 25 students. Class will be held every Thursday from 0830 – 1730.

Prior to entry in the program, students must take a Trauma Exit Competency exam prior to the award of credit. “Once students pass the competency exam, they will receive nine credit hours,” said Tammy Samarripa, director of CTC’s Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program. “Those nine hours will allow the student to enter the EMT program in a cardiac semester as opposed to a trauma semester like traditional students. This essentially ‘cleps’ them out of a portion of the program they already have achieved through military training and experience.”

Graduation from the program will be the first week of August 2018. This paramedic articulation program will allow entry for a military/DOD first responder cohort of 25 students every year through this articulation program. Tuition Assistance has been approved by the Fort Hood Education Services Division for these students to attend the program. 

Space is still available for the initial cohort and those wishing to sign up for the program must complete an admissions checklist. Information on all eligibility requirements, admissions and prerequisites is available at the Fort Hood Education Services Division located in the Soldier Development Center, Bldg. 33009, room G201. Information on Tuition Assistance is also available.

The Trauma Exit Competency exam can be taken at the Military Simulation Training Center on Fort Hood or at the CTC Department of Nursing and Allied Health (Bldg. 155), second floor on the Killeen campus. Call CTC at 254-526-1265.