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To what level of education do paramedics have to obtain?


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In Ohio, you have to attend a minimum of a one year program that covers all the topics regarding being a paramedic, such as patient assessment, medications, intubation, IV's, and cardiac related materials just to name a few. You can only attend this program if you already have your EMT basic certificate. You have to do a lot of clinicals with the local hospitals and fire departments, then you have to take your state certification test to obtain your certificate in order to function as a paramedic.. It is very time consuming and intense. But once you complete it, you can be proud of yourself in your achievement.

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Stop at any fire dept and talk to the people there. Good place to start and excellent source of information.

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In Ohio, you have to attend a minimum of a one year program that covers all the topics regarding being a paramedic, such as patient assessment, medications, intubation, IV's, and cardiac related materials just to name a few. You can only attend this program if you already have your EMT basic certificate. You have to do a lot of clinicals with the local hospitals and fire departments, then you have to take your state certification test to obtain your certificate in order to function as a paramedic.. It is very time consuming and intense. But once you complete it, you can be proud of yourself in your achievement.

Eric recommends the following next steps:

Stop at any fire dept and talk to the people there. Good place to start and excellent source of information.

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David’s Answer

Eduardo, Basic EMT and Basic CPR. I have worked in an system, where most of the paramedics, had their associate degree, along with their paramedic certification. It’s all one program. But, it’s not a requirement, for most employers. For the City of Dallas Fire Rescue, it is. Go to the Redwood City Fire Dept. Andy ask them what they did. That’s a good start. If you’re going to play this game, you may as well be a heavyweight. And that is, get both certifications. Firefighter, at a private/Jr. College and paramedic, on your own. Sometimes, you can get both at the same college.


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