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how long is the process to become a paramedic ??

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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Amanda:

Paramedics are responsible for providing emergency medical care to people who are sick or have been injured. Working with emergency medical technicians, also known as EMTs, paramedics perform medical services, answer emergency calls, and transport patients to the appropriate medical facilities. These workers often deal in matters of life and death, and as such they are subject to extensive training. Aspiring paramedics start out as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) before advancing to the paramedic level through licensure, study and training.

There are three (3) levels of training and certification for those wanting to become a paramedic: EMT-Basic (EMT-B), EMT-Intermediate (EMT-I) and EMT-Paramedic (EMT-P). . . To become a paramedic, you must first certify as an EMT-Basic (EMT-B) by completing an accredited course and passing an exam, gain experience working as a paramedic, and complete an accredited program and pass an exam for the EMT-P. The EMT-I is an optional step to becoming a paramedic.

After students complete EMT training and obtain the necessary emergency skills, they must pass a certification exam. These exams are administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Students must successfully complete a written and practical exam in order to be certified at each level. To remain certified, paramedics must recertify every two years.

Those on a paramedic career path first certify as an EMT-B by completing a program lasting one to several months as well as passing an exam. Paramedics are sometimes required to gain six months to one year of experience working as an EMT-B before entering an EMT-P program. A student then enters a two year associate's degree program to train for EMT-P certification taking an exam after completion of their studies.

Best of luck to you.

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Review article - https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm#tab-4
Review article - https://study.com/how_long_does_it_take_to_become_a_paramedic.html
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Richard’s Answer

It's likely to take anywhere from eight months to two years, depending on your state.
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Rachel’s Answer

To get on the path to becoming a paramedic, you will need to start by taking a 6 month course to become a basic EMT. Following this certification, you will have the opportunity to gain work experience and the additional training to become a paramedic.
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Clement Willard’s Answer

Becoming an emergency medical technician (EMT) or Paramedic typically takes 1-3 years, depending on your career goals and educational path. EMT training focuses on life support techniques for first-response situations, including CPR, tourniquet application, and wound treatment. Paramedics perform more advanced procedures than EMTs and therefore require more extensive education and training.

Clement Willard recommends the following next steps:

Paramedics must complete 1,200 to 1,800 hours of training to qualify for certification.
Paramedics take the NREMT and the National Registry Paramedic cognitive exam.
Some paramedic training programs offer a two-year degree.
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Chanda’s Answer

In order to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) or Paramedic, you can research programs at your local community college. An EMT program could be a short certification program that could take at least one year to complete. Becoming a paramedic may require an associate degree which calls for at least a two-year commitment. Education varies by state.

Hillsborough Community College offers training in both areas in Tampa, FL.
The program curriculum is located under the Health and Medical Department.
Here is the link for the Paramedic program: https://www.hccfl.edu/academics/subjects/health-and-medical/emergency-medical-services.

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