If you're wondering how to become a paramedic, you're definitely not the only one. About 325 people per day search for this term in the many search engines available. That's quite a bit! But it's an important topic, and one that I hope I can provide enough information to get you on your way and actually become a paramedic.
WHAT IS A PARAMEDIC?
Paramedics service in a very fast-paced profession centered on saving lives. They have always seemed to work under non-structured conditions that are prone to many modifications through the years, whether it be location or education. A paramedic is responsible for a group of EMS (Emergency Medical Service) employees and must always promote a safe and calm environment. To become a paramedic is to learn how to be accountable for possessing the knowledge and expertise in administering medication, calculating mathematical dosages of drugs, dispensing advanced life support, performing within high stress situations, and supplying professional care in all areas of their influence.
Depending upon the employer, the paramedic may be working (and most likely will be) in high stress environments on a continuous basis. Because of the nature of this profession, paramedics should be in top physical, emotional, and mental condition. The safety of others depend upon it. Women make great paramedics as well.
Paramedics are known to not only work in hospitals or stick to constant movement in an ambulance; some work in research labs, private companies, and even fire departments. So think about the possibilities as you enter this industry. But first...
HOW TO BECOME A PARAMEDIC
There are a few steps to take before somebody can become a paramedic. Every state is pretty much different in their qualifications and the number of certifications you need. But one thing stands at the forefront for a necessary requirement: the NREMT (National Registered Emergency Medical Technician) registration. This may be acquired through taking the NREMT exam (whether online or at a testing center near you). There are other certifications and exams one must pass or obtain before anyone can become a paramedic as well. But we'll cover all of this by first discussing the actual levels one must pass through to become a paramedic:
- Obtain the NREMT certification (this is not required in all states)
- Enter a state-approved training program
- Obtain your state-specific EMT-Basic certification (some state's require you begin by becoming a First Responder)
- Once you have received your EMT Basic training, you should be gaining experience and look to continue your education. There are certain ways to do this in each state.
- Obtain the EMT-Intermediate certification (some states allow you to skip this step and start training for paramedic)
- Acquire more Continuing Education courses and on-the-job experience
- Apply for and pass the EMT-Paramedic license and exam (some states require at least an Associate's Degree). Make sure to check with each state's EMS Department.
- Find a job on the paramedic job board.
For precise information, detailed state-specific requirements, and resources to help you succeed, there are authority sites on this profession that can give you all of the information you need. Whether it's finding a paramedic opening or understanding what the paramedic logo stands for, consider visiting other articles by Manspaugh. You'll soon find what you're looking for.
Good luck to you and I sincerely hope you will succeed in your future career choice!