In 2008, the hospital and Love County EMS became a distance learning center for paramedic education in the region. The program utilizes state of the art videoconferencing to connect students and instructors from several sites around the state.
Students in EMT or paramedic training formerly had to drive to Ardmore or north Texas. Now they will study in a new training center attached to the EMS building in Marietta.
Paramedic training in Marietta takes 16 months and earns credit hours through Oklahoma State University, almost enough hours for an Associate of Science degree, said EMS manager Tad Hall, PA.
The students learn advanced life support, advanced cardiac life support, pre-hospital trauma life support, intravenous therapy, advanced pharmacology, advanced airway management, cardiology, and care of childbirth emergencies. In addition to training with ambulance services, they also receive clinical training in the emergency rooms in local hospitals.