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Creighton EMS Students Exceed State and National Averages for Certification

Creighton EMS Students Exceed State and National Averages for Certification

The 2009 national certification rates for graduates of Creighton University’s Emergency Medical Services Program exceed both national and state of Nebraska averages, according to figures recently released by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS).

According to NDHHS, pass rates on the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians test to be nationally certified were 100 percent for 27 graduates of Creighton’s 12-month paramedic program, compared to 85 percent for Nebraska and nationally. For 95 graduates of the University’s emergency medical technician (EMT) course, the certification rate was 88 percent in 2009, compared to 74 percent statewide and 78 percent nationally.

“We are very pleased with the results,” said Bill Raynovich, Ed.D., director of Creighton’s Emergency Medical Services Education Program. “Each year, graduates of our programs have consistently outperformed national and (Nebraska) state averages on the certification examinations.”

Creighton's EMS program is the only one in Nebraska accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Last month, Omaha Public Schools formed an agreement with Creighton University EMS Education to offer an EMT course for its high school students, beginning this fall. The school district already has a waiting list for students who are interested in enrolling.