How to become a paramedic

how to become a paramedic

If you’re looking for a fast paced career where you can make a difference then a paramedic career may be the perfect fit for you!  Paramedics respond to emergencies in their community, help others and save lives. If you choose to pursue this career, your next step is learning how to become a paramedic! This career requires an appropriate level of education, training, and licensure. To pursue becoming a paramedic there are steps you have to take in order to be considered for employment. 

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Step 1: Enroll in a paramedic program

The first step to become a paramedic is to enroll in a state-approved paramedic program. In order to enroll you must have a high school diploma or equivalent, some schools may require additional prerequisites such as immunization records. To enroll in a paramedic program, you should already be a licensed EMT or at a minimum, completed EMT training.

Step 2: Successfully complete classroom instruction and clinical training

The next step is successfully completing a training program. Most programs are 1 to 2 years in length and generally include both classroom and clinical training. The classroom portion of your education will likely include topics such as anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, patient assessment, cardiovascular care and ventilation techniques, among many others. The clinical portion of your training consists of hands-on experience and gives you in depth experiences to help prepare you for your new career. 

Step 3: Take a certification exam and become a licensed paramedic!

Lastly, once you have successfully completed the required education and training, you are ready to  pursue the NREMT certification exam. In order to gain this credential, you must complete an approved program and pass the certification exam. (1) Upon successful completion of the exam and meeting other requirements set forth by the state, you can become a licensed paramedic.

Being a paramedic can require a commitment to ongoing learning to stay up to date with medical advancements. Throughout your career it can be beneficial, and in some cases, required to maintain licensure, to stay involved in continuing education.

Become a licensed Paramedic in Michigan

If you live in the state of Michigan and want to become a paramedic, you must complete a state approved paramedic training program and pass the NREMT exam to gain licensure. 

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Now that you know how to become a paramedic it’s time to choose a program!  When searching for a paramedic training program you will want to make sure it meets the education needs that were stated above in order for you to pursue a career as a paramedic. If you are ready to continue your education from your EMT-B training, now is a great time to get started!

Your paramedic training with Dorsey College

Students enrolled in Dorsey College’s paramedic program can benefit from both classroom and clinical instruction. Learn how you could be a vital asset to a medical team and your community by completing your paramedic training at Dorsey College!

Dorsey College has determined that its paramedic program curriculum is sufficient to fulfill educational requirements for licensure in the State of Michigan only. No educational determinations have been made for any other state, district or US territory in regards to licensure requirements.


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