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To what level of education do paramedics have to obtain?

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Eric’s Answer

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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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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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Eduardo:

You've received some great advice from Eric and David. I'd like to add a few more items for your consideration. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

HOW TO BECOME AN EMT OR PARAMEDIC
• Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics typically complete a post-secondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.
• Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification typically are required for entry into post-secondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are non-degree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree. Programs in emergency medical technology are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, universities, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training. Some states have EMR positions that do not require national certification. These positions typically require state certification.
• Paramedics have the most advanced level of education. To enter specific paramedical training programs, they must already be EMT certified. Community colleges and universities may offer these programs, which require about 1,200 hours of instruction and may lead to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Paramedics’ broader scope of practice may include stitching wounds or administering intravenous medications.

COURSES TO TAKE WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL
• High school students interested in becoming EMTs or paramedics should take courses in anatomy and physiology and consider becoming certified in CPR. . . . I wish you much success on your journey and best of luck to you!

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How to Become a Paramedic • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm#tab-4
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