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How can I enter into a paramedic career?

I am currently pursuing a Business Analytics degree but found my passion for healthcare expeditions through volunteering. I wish to equip myself with paramedic knowledge and pursue such a career on graduation.

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Disheka’s Answer

In order to enter any career field of your choice, I recommend trying to join organizations that caters towards the field you want to get into. There are plenty of organizations you can join on campus or even regionally so that you can connect with others with the same interest as you.

In your circumstance, Google up some organizations that may fall under the sciences or medical field. Making connections in your field is crucial in order to find internships related to the field you want to get into. If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, utilize that platform so that you can connect with recruiters and other students who are also interested in paramedics that can provide additional knowledge.

Thank you Disheka! I would definitely gear my LinkedIn profile to medicine and healthcare after graduation, but as of now due to my Business degree everything is pretty much Business ahaha as I would need that for my degree :’) In the meantime I am also actively connecting with healthcare professionals and students as well to gain some traction after graduation!!! Joanne L.

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Eric’s Answer

Here in Ohio, paramedics are governed by the Ohio Dept of Public Safety and set the requirements for becoming a paramedic. First, you must obtain your EMT-B (Basic EMT) certification, which takes about 4-6 months. Get some field experience with a private ambulance company, or if you have your Firefighter certification, you can try to join a fire department. Not all fire departments accept EMT-B, mostly the smaller villages and volunteer departments do, and you can gain some valuable experience and knowledge. After that, you have to go to a paramedic class, which can be offered by a local teaching hospital, or at a community college. This takes anywhere between 1 and 1.5 years to complete. It is much more involved and time intensive. The material taught is not that hard, it is just you have to do so many clinicals with so many different organizations, and it really takes a lot of time. Again, if you have your firefighter certification, once you obtain your paramedic certification, the world is your oyster. Many departments, especially in my area, are always looking for paramedics. The private ambulance companies can't keep them, and are always offering sign on bonuses and better pay. Your better pay will always be with a fire department if you can get it. I see you are in Singapore. I don't know how it works in Singapore. I would suggest going to the local fire department and asking them. In the states, paramedics are almost always working in conjunction with the fire departments. If that is how Singapore does it, talk to the FD for a good starting point. Hope that helps.

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Eric’s Answer

Here in Ohio, paramedics are governed by the Ohio Dept of Public Safety and set the requirements for becoming a paramedic. First, you must obtain your EMT-B (Basic EMT) certification, which takes about 4-6 months. Get some field experience with a private ambulance company, or if you have your Firefighter certification, you can try to join a fire department. Not all fire departments accept EMT-B, mostly the smaller villages and volunteer departments do, and you can gain some valuable experience and knowledge. After that, you have to go to a paramedic class, which can be offered by a local teaching hospital, or at a community college. This takes anywhere between 1 and 1.5 years to complete. It is much more involved and time intensive. The material taught is not that hard, it is just you have to do so many clinicals with so many different organizations, and it really takes a lot of time. Again, if you have your firefighter certification, once you obtain your paramedic certification, the world is your oyster. Many departments, especially in my area, are always looking for paramedics. The private ambulance companies can't keep them, and are always offering sign on bonuses and better pay. Your better pay will always be with a fire department if you can get it. I see you are in Singapore. I don't know how it works in Singapore. I would suggest going to the local fire department and asking them. In the states, paramedics are almost always working in conjunction with the fire departments. If that is how Singapore does it, talk to the FD for a good starting point. Hope that helps.

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David’s Answer

I found that I wanted to be a paramedic, through volunteering. I’m sure Singapore is probably like it is here in the states, where you have to be a basic EMT first. Try to find out where they hold basic emergency medical technician courses. Basic Life Support. I tell all paramedic students one thing, and that it takes a good EMT, to be a good paramedic. I’m not sure if Singapore has paramedic programs, or Advanced Life Support. And right now, it doesn’t matter. Just find a way, to be a basic EMT.

Right now, you need to stay inspired. One suggestion, that I have and that I give many students, is to listen to the scanner. Prepare your mind and ears, for what you will be doing. Picture yourself talking to the dispatcher and other units. Go to Broadcastify on the net. Go to global feeds. Then click on State. The it will ask for for what county. Click on Texas, Harris County. Then go down to Houston Fire. It’s extremely busy and a little overwhelming. Hang in there. When you here Ambulance, that is the basic EMT units. Medic, is the paramedic units. Everyone on the engine and ladder are basic EMTs. And they answer several medical calls on their own. BLS means EMT and ALS means Paramedic. Try to keep it on for 12 to 24 hours. Set an alarm to go off while your in a deep sleep. That’s is big part of this job.

Buy a Basic EMT book, that they use in Singapore. You will be ready to go before class starts. And please finish your degree. A paramedic with a degree, goes a long way!

David recommends the following next steps:

http://broadcastify.com/

Hi David, Thank you so much for your advice on the EMT tests and also the completion of my degree. I really needed to hear that as I was really questioning my business degree decision, but with your advice and along with the advice of many others, am starting to find the motivation back to continue on with my degree. Thank you so much! Joanne L.

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Chad’s Answer

Disheka,

No sure of the regulations over in Georgia but here in California Title 22 regulates the basics of the paramedic program. However, many paramedic programs often require your basic EMT classes. I suggest that you look at either a community college or a private college where they have this program. Here in livermore, ca our path is direct. You must have biology, anatomy, EMT certification, and CPR. I also suggest in trying to set up a ride-a-long with a local ambulance company or a fire department if they have a medic area. Here in California you can go two separate ways. The first roadmap is to become a paramedic for a private entity. The second is to become a fire-fighter as many agencies require at minimum to be an EMT now. I hope that helps a little bit more.

Chad

Thank you Chad for your advice! I am actively seeking out volunteering opportunities for such ride-a- long programmes! Joanne L.

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Richard’s Answer

Become a basic EMT and pass state/national exams
Complete advanced EMT including 200 hours of field work and advanced EMT licensure
Complete 2 year paramedic training. Texas now requires that paramedics not only pass a pre-employment national registry exam, but that they graduate from a CAAHEP-accredited program before they even qualify to sit for the exam.

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