Central Texas College (CTC) recently held a ceremony to honor 21 students who completed the 13-month, 31-credit hour Paramedicine certificate program. These students will now take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician’s Paramedic exam to become certified paramedics.

During the ceremony, several awards were presented. Recognized as class valedictorian was Raeneisha Cole. Tanner Fleet and Joshua Reams earned salutatorian honors. Cole Dement was presented the Outstanding Achievement award for being cited by a patient on a clinical site for being both compassionate and a great provider, He was also lauded by instructors for being an outstanding student in regards to his conduct and academics.

Heather Reeder, CTC adjunct faculty professor, was named skills instructor of the year. Marcus Stillwell, CTC adjunct faculty professor and member of the Killeen Fire Department, earned clinical preceptor of the year, Haden Chism of the Killeen Fire Department and Andrea Bass of Acadian Ambulance shared EMS preceptor of the year honors.

CTC fall 2022 paramedic graduates are: Luiz Cardozo-Araque, Aceliz Armas, Cole Dement, Meagan Kronmiller, Joshua Reams, Dustin Rowe, Dallas Tarr and Elliot Warren - Killeen Fire Department; Raeneisha Cole – Temple Fire Department;  John Domingo and Calista Rice – American Medical Response in Temple/Belton; Tanner Fleet and Hunter Ringo – Harker Heights Fire Department; Darrick Gray and Zachary Stevens – Copperas Cove Fire Department; Dylan Orr – Burnet Fire Department; Matthew Wathen – Marble Falls Area EMS; Maria Castersen, Remy Manasco, Zachary Morgan and Chrtistine Santana – independent.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, CTC offers one of only 57 nationally-accredited EMT programs in Texas. Students can enter the one-year certificate program or a two-year credit program (60 credit hours) which leads to an associate degree in applied science. In addition to coursework, students in the certificate program must also participate in various clinicals and practicums.

CTC offers EMT-Paramedic program courses during the fall and spring semesters. For more information, contact the CTC Department of Health Sciences at 254-526-1265 or 254-526-1479.