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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.