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BECOME A PARAMEDIC IN OREGON

If you're interested in learning how to become a paramedic in the state of Oregon, you've come to the right article. Oregon is one of the most beautiful states in the U.S. and to become a paramedic would provide communities with quality help and support in the time of need. And seriously, if you're honestly seeking to become a paramedic, your heart's in the right place. Not only is this an altruistic profession, but one you can be proud of. You will gain knowledge and skills to boost your influence in the local neigborhood, but the salary isn't so bad either. So let's get to the meat and potatoes. There are a few things you need to know before we jump into Oregon's requirements in going through the EMT and paramedic process.

PARAMEDIC SALARY

The paramedic salary depends upon a few things: your training, your experience, and your level of certification. There are quite a few volunteers within this field, but don't feel that you have to become a volunteer to help out. The pay scale depends upon your level the most. As an EMT-Basic you'll make less, but as a paramedic, the average salary and hourly wages are:

Salary: $43,220

Hourly: $20.78

Oregon is one of the highest paying states for their Health Department, especially the EMS and Trauma Services.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

The basic qualifications for any state include, but are not limited to:

  1. Being at least 18 years of age.
  2. Possessing a current driver's license of the state you are applying to.
  3. Currently possessing either a HS diploma or a GED.

LEVELS OF CERTIFICATION

Within the department of EMS, you will find that you must start out at the bottom and work your way up, unless you have prior experience. The levels of certification you will need to pass through to become a paramedic in Oregon are:

  1. EMT-Basic
  2. EMT-Intermediate
  3. EMT-Paramedic (must possess an Associate's degree in Applied Science)

STEPS TO TAKE

There are a few educational requirements and steps to take before proceeding further.

  1. Enter an Oregon state-approved training program.
  2. Register and pass the NREMT exam.
  3. Certify with the Oregon state EMS (Emergency Medical Technician) Dept.
  4. Pay the necessary fees of applications, exams, etc.
  5. You'll also need to apply to a school or program that will provide you with an Associate's in Applied Science degree.

LICENSE RENEWAL

If you're currently an EMT or paramedic and you'd like to renew your license, there are a few ways to do it. Usually your state EMS Department will provide you an application 6 months prior to your expiration.

CONCLUSION

Hopefully you will find this article helpful. If there needs to be any updates or more information, please let me know in the comments below. Good luck in your future profession as an EMT and a paramedic!