Paramedic School is much more challenging. You can go after your paramedic license only, or you can make it part of a college degree program where you will get extra schooling in all aspects of prehospital emergency medicine.
Another route that is sometimes possible is through volunteer fire departments. Some will pay for your training in trade for a commitment of time to the department.
Paramedics are always needed!
The steps to becoming a paramedic are usually: graduate high school, apply for and attend emergency medical technician (EMT) school, apply for and attend paramedic school. This is often a 2-3 year process. Many people work as EMTs while attending classes to achieve paramedic status.
Some people get their EMT license through the military.
This is an EMT course offered in your area:
This is a paramedic course offered in your area:
You'll also need to complete more classes and training to keep your license once you finish school. Often, the organization that you work for can help you with this.
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