Gwinnett Tech paramedic program honored

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Technical College paramedic technology program has been honored for its participation in and contributions to a pilot program that determines how paramedics are evaluated and nationally certified, according to a news release.

Gwinnett Tech was one of only eight schools in the nation chosen to participate in the National Registry of EMT’s Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio Project.

The college’s paramedic program is the only one in Georgia accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Service Professions. Gwinnett Tech has also participated in the past with the National Registry of EMT in other pilot programs that set the course for emergency medical service education, the news release states.

“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.”

The Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio Project will determine if the current psychomotor examination 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.

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.