- When do I become an EMT-Basic?
- When do I become a Paramedic?
- Will I be able to be in this major and play sports and/or join clubs?
- Will I be able to work in EMS while I’m in school?
- Will I be able to obtain the necessary continuing education credits for EMT recertification while I’m at school?
- What can I do with this major after graduation?
When do I become an EMT-Basic?
We begin the college curriculum with the EMT-Basic course in your first semester. If you are already certified as a Basic, we will assign you to the EMT-Intermediate course for training in advanced airway management and intravenous therapy techniques.
When do I become a Paramedic?
You will begin the Paramedic course in the spring semester of your second year and will complete the program at the end of your third year. You will be eligible for Paramedic certification as soon as you complete the field-training component of the course.
Will I be able to be in this major and play sports and/or join clubs?
Absolutely. We encourage our students to participate in any sports and campus activities that work for them. Although the clinical and field components of the Paramedic course take place outside the traditional school day, you are able to schedule that time around your athletic and activity schedules.
Will I be able to work in EMS while I’m in school?
You can work in EMS as soon as you hold an EMT-Basic certification. The ambulance services in the area often use our students on a per diem or call basis. Students who have previous experience in EMS often maintain that relationship with a volunteer or call service at home.
Because you will be a full time student, we strongly encourage you to accept no more than twenty hours per week of any kind of work during the school year.
Will I be able to obtain the necessary continuing education credits for EMT recertification while I’m at school?
There are several ways to obtain continuing education credit. If you are working at an ambulance service you will have access to their continuing education programs. You will fulfill your recertification requirements for a refresher course at the College by becoming certified at the next level of EMS. If you like to help others learn, you may apply for a student teaching assistant position in the EMSM department. You may also wish to complete your CPR Instructor course (an elective course) as an additional way to secure continuing education credits.
What can I do with this major after graduation?
Immediately upon graduation, 99.8% of our graduates start working in EMS. Many choose to start as Paramedics to gain more experience and then move into management and supervisory areas of EMS. Others move into regulatory agencies and major corporations involving EMS. Some decide to become physicians and attorneys, physician assistants (PA) and nurses (RN).