What is A Paramedic Program Degree?
Paramedic training programs train individuals in the knowledge and skills needed to work as a Paramedic for a hospital, private ambulance company, or for the local police or fire department. Being a Paramedic is different from being an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Paramedic training is more extensive, allowing the paramedic to use more invasive procedures than EMTs are permitted to use. In addition to the training, most areas require graduates to take a certification exam to be able to work in the field. To qualify for the program, you’ll probably have to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. You might need to pass a test or have other credentials, like a CPR card or life-saving certification, depending on the school you go to. Be sure that the school’s program is certified by whatever agency it is that awards the Paramedic license. You should also be in pretty good physical shape because you’ll have to be able to do some extreme movements and lifting as part of the training and job. Some schools will require you to be certified as an EMT with work experience before applying for the paramedic program.
Coursework will include things like how to complete patient assessments, life support techniques in first-response situations, wound treatment, and tourniquet application. You’ll learn how to perform medical procedures like advanced airway management, endotracheal intubation (breathing tube), manual defibrillation and artificial pacemaking, ECG (Electrocardiograph) monitoring, IV fluid and medication therapy, and the administration of a wide array of medication. You’ll have hands-on experience during your training which will involve about 1200-1600 hours of coursework and will take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to complete. You’ll also learn precautions to take during transport of the patient and emergency room arrival expectations.