Columbia State pins 47 new AAEMT grads


Columbia State Community College emergency medical technician faculty recently pinned 47 new advanced emergency medical technicians upon completion of an accelerated program in a ceremony held in the Webster Athletic Center.

“We are proud of what the faculty and students accomplished in a first of its kind, single semester program format for students to go from no licensure to licensed AEMTs,” said Dr. David Cauthen, Columbia State program director and associate professor of emergency medical technology.

An EMT provides basic life support at the site of illnesses and injuries, assisting with transport to the hospital. The Advanced EMT provides basic and advanced life support at sites of illnesses and injuries through transport to the hospital.

The accelerated advanced emergency medical technician course is an academy-style, semester-long program designed to educate and train students to serve as a vital member of a pre-hospital EMS team. Students must complete 144 hours of clinical rotations to earn a technical certificate in AAEMT.

The course provides students with the necessary didactic and practical training to perform life-saving skills. Additionally, students will learn to work alone, as well as in a squad-based (team) environment.

For more information about the EMS program, visit or contact Greg Johnson at 931.540.2792.

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Photo Caption (DSC_1969): Among the 47 graduates of the program were three from Marshall County: Pictured from left: Kitt Cook, Nathan Pruitt and Stuart Brooks.


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