Paramedic students complete first year of training program at GC

Another cohort of students have completed the first year of the paramedic training program at Garrett College, administered through the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division.  These students started class in September 2018, and have completed a total of 423 training hours between the classroom, hospital setting and riding an ambulance with another advance life support provider.

GC’s paramedic training program is a two-year program that prepares students in providing pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages, with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries.  Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to obtain a paramedic certification.

During the program, areas of focus and training include the following: an introduction to emergency medical services systems; roles and responsibilities of the paramedic; anatomy and physiology; medical emergencies; trauma; special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting; and providing patient transportation.

At this point in the training program, students are able to test at both the national and state levels to obtain his or her Maryland Cardiac Rescue Technician (CRTI) certification. After completing the second year of the program, which begins this fall, students will be able to sit for the National Registered Paramedic (NRP) certification exam.

“The Advanced Life Support (ALS) program is designed to educate skilled and well-trained providers in the communities of Allegany and Garrett counties and surrounding areas,” stated Doug Beitzel, GC’s ALS program coordinator, of Continuing Education & Workforce Development.

“The program also provides continuing education for licensed and certified providers in an effort to maintain quality care for the community,” Beitzel noted.

For questions about the paramedic training program, contact Beitzel at 301-387-3772 or

Semester I and II Paramedic class_June 2019

PHOTO:  Seated (left to right) are: Joshua Bosley (Cresaptown), Abigail Kelley (Cumberland), Delores Clemons (Mt. Lake Park), Brittney Johnson( Oakland), Mike Slaubaugh (Swanton), Josh Bernard (Oakland).

Middle row:  Kaden Malone (Ridgeley, W.Va.), Isaac Haines (Oldtown), Jesse Schalker (Eglon, W.Va.), Jeffrey Teter (Maysville, W.Va.), Ethan Snyder (Frostburg), Elijah Crow (LaVale), Maxwell Cessna (Cresaptown).

Back row: Connor Woodring (Frostburg), Andrew Cessna (Bedford, Pa.), Brayden Pennington (Cumberland), Isaac Cessna (Cresaptown), Robert Taylor (Frostburg), Daniel Morris (Ridgeley, W.Va.).

Not pictured: Joseph Hoffman (Frostburg), Hunter McCrobie (Bloomington), Jessica Whitehead (Keyser, W.Va.).