Paramedic courses are the last step in the process of becoming a certified paramedic. If you’re unfamiliar with the emergency medical services, this statement may confuse you; but if you’d like to learn more about what exactly is involved in becoming a paramedic and about the profession itself, read on for a quick introduction to the training which paramedics undergo and their role in the field of emergency medical care.
Paramedics and emergency medical technicians are often the first people to arrive on the scene of accidents, fires and other emergency medical situations, where their responsibility is to provide first aid, to stabilize patients if possible and to transport them to the nearest hospital or clinic so that they can receive the medical care that they need. As you would expect, a paramedic needs to be able to think on his or her feet in highly stressful situations where acting quickly can literally make the difference between life and death.
There are a few ways to train as a paramedic, but the most common is to work one’s way up the various emergency medical technician certifications. In order to train as a paramedic, one must first earn their first responder, EMT – Basic and EMT – Intermediate certifications in most states. However, it is also possible to become a paramedic with only an EMT – Basic certification and completing a certification or associate degree program.
In addition to classroom instruction, prospective paramedics must also complete a series of clinical rotations, generally in a hospital setting and emphasizing emergency medicine. This, however, is not the only form of practical training that a paramedic student receives in the course of their education. In order to satisfy the requirements of any paramedic certification program, the prospective paramedic will need to put in between one and two hundred hours working on an ambulance as part of a crew, in which time they will gain experience in performing emergency medical treatment as well as observing the kinds of treatments which a paramedic certification will allow them to administer themselves.
After having graduated from a course of paramedic training classes and completing the required hours in the clinical setting and in the field working on an ambulance, they must then take a state exam (paramedics are licensed by the state in which they live, but the exam is administered by a national body governing paramedic certification, the NREMT). Once the student achieves a satisfactory grade on this exam, they will receive their certification and be able to work as a paramedic.
Certified paramedics who have completed paramedic courses and their practical training and then passed the exam are then allowed to pursue positions with emergency services including city fire and rescue services, police departments, hospitals and clinics as well as private ambulance services. The work is challenging, but for those who have a passion for emergency medicine and the dedication needed to complete all of the training required, becoming a paramedic is a choice which they will find great personal and professional fulfillment in.