I went, for four weeks. But it was 8 to 5 Monday through Friday. I looked at schools near Redwood City and there seems to be some similar. There are also, online classes. You want, to look, for classes that offer the National Registry. It’s not imperative, but it helps broaden your range of places to work. Google, basic EMT near Redwood City. You will see, West Coast EMT, San Mateo County and Project Heart Beat and several others. You will have to do emergency department rotations, ambulance, psychiatric and obstetric/gynecology. This is all the beginning process, of becoming a good paramedic. Just remember that! When you study, for tests, be sure to read each chapter twice, or even three times. That really helps. And just study twenty minutes at a time. Take a few off and come back. David George (Former Paramedic)
Hey Kylie. There are many different routes you can take to become an EMT. Some options include taking community class courses (I know a handful of ones in my area have the classes), but I have found that this tends to take much longer than private courses. I got my EMT through a private institute and it was 10 weeks long. If I remember correctly, I went in 3 nights a week on weekdays and full Saturdays for skills. I know at one of the community colleges near me, it takes about 6 months since you need to take 3 classes (First Responder, EMT 1, EMT 2). I also know of a program that does it in 2 weeks, 9-5PM classes, 5 times a week. So there are a lot of different program lengths that you can pick from that you can choose what works best with what kind of student you are, how you retain information, and what just works best with your schedule. I hope this helps!
In my area there are also accelerated programs that complete all the course work in 3 weeks. These were designed to transition military personnel to the civilian EMS world, but they do allow civilians to take them now. If you have no experience in Fire/EMS I would avoid these types of programs and stick with a traditionally paced course.
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