Nine months of hard work paid off for the nine graduates of the Franciscan Health Crown Point EMS Academy.
The graduation ceremony for students in the 2018 program took place on Feb. 8, 2019, at the Marian Education Center at Franciscan Health Crown Point.
Students are required to have been an Emergency Medical Technician for at least six months before qualifying for the program. Classes meet three days a week and graduates must have completed 600 hours of classroom time and 700 hours of clinical time, according to program coordinator Rob Dowling.
The Crown Point EMS Academy program is ranked No. 5 in the state with a 96 percent pass rate on the national exam for licensure, Dowling added.