top of page

Who We Are

Central Ohio EMS Training has been providing quality education for EMS professionals since 1999. We are dedicated to providing an exceptional educational experience that enables the highly motivated student to become an excellent EMS provider as well as a leader in the profession. 
We are committed to helping students develop excellence in their profession, by equipping them with the knowledge and technical skills necessary to become competent, entry-level EMS Providers.


Our Vision

COEMST is viewed as the gold standard of excellence and quality EMS education by our customers and colleagues. We are dynamic and forward-thinking, responding to the changing needs of prehospital emergency medical education.

Our Mission

Central Ohio EMS Training strives to provide an exceptional educational experience that enables the highly motivated student to become an excellent EMS provider as well as a leader in the profession.

We are committed to helping students develop excellence in their professional practice, by equipping students with the knowledge and technical skills necessary to become competent entry-level EMS Providers.

Central Ohio EMS Training graduates will understand and apply didactic information, demonstrate proficiency in all required skills, and demonstrate personal and ethical behaviors consistent with the EMS profession.

COEMST Core Values

Excellence – Outstanding, superior, high quality in every area.

Enthusiasm – Demonstrate extreme, eager enjoyment, and interest in the growth of the company and develop a positive reputation with consumers.  Anyone involved with COEMST will see staff who are happy and enthusiastic about their role and always positive and upbeat.

Integrity- Honesty, diligence, fairness, and reliability is the basis of all business at COEMST.

Innovation -Everyone at COEMST is open to new ideas and adaptive to change. 

Commitment – Everyone at COEMST has enthusiasm toward assigned tasks and demonstrates responsibility toward the goals, mission, and vision of COEMST.


Angie Hoptry

Program Director

Click here for bio...


Kristi Spangler

Senior Administrative Assistant


Marsha Frontz

Clinical Coordinator

Joseph Bocka, M.D.

Medical Director

Attach6444_20220220_095532 (1).jpg

Michael Holley


EMS Instructor

Click here for bio...


Nate Gerhart

EMS Instructor

Click here for bio...



                             Tom Balliett

                             Mike Carey

                             Bernie Douglas

                             Dustin Hoptry

                             Chris O'Connor




“The Program at Central Ohio EMS Training is well respected for its ability to prepare students for a wide range of career paths in EMS. Your students continually prove themselves to be leaders in the industry with a skill set that is unparalleled and a strong dedication to serving the public.”

Employer of COEMST graduate

“The quality of the instructors and the quality of the program is outstanding!  I completed the EMT program and I learned the skills I needed, the confidence to practice these skills, and the importance of asking for assistance whenever necessary."

COEMST Graduate

"Strong leadership, intricate training, great hands on..." Dalton F. COEMST Graduate, EMT

"Course is clear and simplified. Instructors were able to explain material in more than one way.." Beth Bartlett. COEMST Graduate, EMT

"Expectations were always clear and time to prepare was more than adequate..."

Griffin Thompson.  COEMST Graduate, EMT

"You are held to a high standard and expected to keep yourself accountable. This course was great and in time I hope to do the medic class here..." David T. COEMST Graduate, EMT

"Great class, great instructors...!" Zach E. COEMST Graduate, EMT

"Very thorough and willing to work with individuals when needed" Randy H. COEMST Graduate, EMT

"There is in-depth instruction and ample practical application" Ian Prince, COEMST Graduate, EMT

This is a fantastic program, great instructors and atmosphere.
They really take the time to work with you on your skill stations and book work. Bernie Douglas, COEMST Graduate, Paramedic.

“COEMST is a very good place to go to school. The instructors are very knowledgeable and do all they can to help you out. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in pre-hospital emergency care."

Christopher Boyd. COEMST Graduate, Paramedic

"Central Ohio EMS training is an asset to the EMS Community. They have worked tirelessly for many years to build a quality institution for learning and skills retention. We are blessed to have them providing this service locally in North Central Ohio and building the ranks of our First Responders. It is because of their work and dedication that we have  outstanding professionals to fill the ranks of our local Fire Departments and EMS agencies to assist the public in their time of need."  

Mike Senter

Central Ohio EMS Training continues to excel in the EMS education field.  

Commitment to the students, along with accountability of the students are two of the best traits that come to mind when I think about COEMST.  The staff, no matter their years in the service, take the time to ensure that the students are equipped for the real world.   When students complete the programs at COEMST, we know that they are ready to work in the EMS profession.  The staff's dedication to the students is incredible, and whether it is staying late to help the student understand a topic or answering a phone call about a software program, the staff is available to the student.  

As a graduate of the inaugural Paramedic program myself,  and as an employer of several members who've completed all facets of EMS training, the commitment to the students and the EMS profession is second to none.  

The school offers many different plans of study, which make it easier for students to maintain full-time employment and continue to further their EMS education.  In this day and age, flexibility is key to a successful program.  As a department with a limited training budget, flexibility is something that I need to consider. 

For these reasons, I will continue to utilize the services of Central Ohio EMS training for the initial and ongoing education of EMS providers.

Chief Rick Lanuzza
Fredericktown EMS 

bottom of page