About Us


The College of Emergency Services (CES) is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools (ABHES), an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The College of Emergency Services Paramedic Programs are programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The College of Emergency Services is approved by the state of Oregon by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) through the Office of Degree Authorization (ODA) to confer Associate of Applied Science (AAS) academic degree, or for students not requuiring an academic degree, a Paramedic Certificate.

Mission Statement

The College of Emergency Services is dedicated to the delivery of high-quality education in the field of emergency medical services.

Our Commitment

College of Emergency Medical Services faculty and administrative staff work as a team dedicated to providing you the best possible resources to guide you to success in the service of others. We are committed to academic excellence. This requires that we constantly evaluate and update our programs to insure that we are providing current and relevant information to our students thus preparing them for the challenges presented in the academic, clinical and social aspects of our student’s education and professional practice. We promise to work tirelessly to help you to achieve your goals in EMS.

Message from the Medical Director

David Lehrfeld, MD
Medical Director
“We provide an educational experience that will enable our Paramedic candidates to successfully pass the national evaluation testing process of the NREMT. Successfully completing the evaluation process will enable the candidate to gain licensure to practice as an EMS provider. But, our real goal is to provide didactic and experiential training that  will enable those who successfully complete our programs to excel as caregivers, providing the best possible prehospital medical care in the communities we serve.”

Today and Tomorrow

Employment opportunities for paramedics is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the services of skilled Paramedics.


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics