A paramedic provides first response medical care – and the paramedic training that you will go through is designed to prepare you for dealing with situations where your ability to provide the right care quickly can be the difference between life and death.
So if that hasn’t scared you off, and you still want to know how to become a paramedic, then keep reading.
You can generally find a training provider at a local junior or community college who will be able to offer the EMT-B training course.
After you have completed this course you will then need to successfully pass the exam offered by the NREMT – the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
This allows you to commence work as an EMT.
From here the requirements may vary a little from State to State, but the general progression is similar across all states
Gain Some Field Experience
Before you can enroll in any paramedic training courses, you’ll need to put your EMT training to use and build up some experience.
Once you have built up that experience there are going to be a couple of different options available – the one you choose will depend on your personal preferences, and also possibly on the requirements in your particular state.
Completing Your EMT-Intermediate
Some states require that you complete your EMT-I training before you can become a paramedic.
Other states don’t, and you are allowed to go straight into your EMT-Paramedic training as long as you have logged the required number of hours working as an EMT after completing your EMT-B course.
So you’ll need to do some research to figure out which path is best in your situation - talking to some local paramedics is probably the easiest way to get this info
How Long Does It Take To Become A Paramedic?
There’s really no set time taken to become a paramedic. it will all depend on how much time you’re happy to spend working as an EMT before making the step up to begin your paramedic training.
The truth is you really need to play it by ear – each person is different in how long it takes them to become comfortable working in the field.
And you really don’t want to think about becoming a paramedic until you feel that you are totally on top of all the things you’re responsible for while working as an EMT.
It’s also a good idea to try and talk to some experienced EMT’s and paramedics and find out from them what they think. They’re the ones who are going to be in the best position to give you some examples of how long it took them to feel like they were ready to become a paramedic.
Becoming a paramedic takes a special breed of person – someone who is calm under pressure and thrives on the challenge of the job and being able to help people in serious trouble.
But if you think you’re up for the challenge than you’ll be rewarded with a career that is never boring and provides great value to the community.