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How to become a Paramedic?

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Answered February 26 2021
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In the United States, the most common route to becoming a Paramedic is through community college, although some universities offer Paramedic training. Community colleges provide Emergency Medical Technician programs, and Paramedic certification is achievable after completing a certain number of field hours.  

Every state has its own licensing and training requirements for Paramedic certification, as there is some variance in pay grade and responsibilities of EMTs and Paramedics. It is a good idea to research your local certification requirements to get an idea of the career path best suited to your needs and goals.  
 
If an EMT obtains Paramedic certification through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), they will have acceptance in 40 out of 50 states. The NREMT exam consists of a cognitive (written) test and a psychomotor skills (practical) test.  

What skills are required to become a Paramedic?
Paramedics work in intense, high-pressure situations and need to rely on several mental, physical, and social skills.  

Science and Math
  • Community college admission requirements vary, but courses in high school mathematics, biology, and anatomy are required for admissions into an EMT program.  

Physical Fitness Levels
  • Paramedics often do a lot of bending, lifting, and transportation of patients, which requires a certain degree of physical fitness and endurance. Indeed, not being able to lift a patient onto a stretcher or not perform a physical task can put the patient’s life at risk.  

Social
  • Paramedics should be able to respond to situations with a substantial degree of empathy and care.  
Communication
  • Paramedics need to have very strong verbal communication and instructional skills. In emergencies, they need to quickly and efficiently communicate with the patient, any bystanders or family member present, and their colleagues.
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