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Become a Paramedic in Oregon

how to become a paramedicSo you’re wondering about how to become a paramedic in the Beaver State? Splendid! This article should provide you with the necessary information to succeed in Oregon as a paramedic. Ready?

We’ll begin by granting you the unreservedly most critical knowledge most people (not you of course) want to know first: a paramedic salary in Oregon. Isn’t that what we all have to know before we head into our future profession? But you must understand that this data may differ according to contract agreements, training, testing, and other factors. BUT…you are always welcome to ask for a higher salary at your interview!

Paramedic Salary Info

The average salary for a paramedic in Oregon is $43,220. Although this may be different than you first thought, EMTs and paramedics are quite often earn an hourly rate (which in Oregon, the hourly wage is $20.78/hr) and get overtime which may earn you well over $50K/yr. Not to mention benefits (depending upon what organization you are employed for).

Oregon State Health Department

Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems
800 NE Oregon St. #465
Portland, OR 97232
Telephone: (971)673-0530

Basic State Requirements

For every state you must first meet these requirements:

1. Be at least 18 years of age
2. Possess a high school diploma or GED
3. Possess a current state-specific driver’s license

How to Become a Paramedic in Oregon:

1. Register with the NREMT and pass the NREMT exam.

2.  Certify with the Oregon EMS (Emergency Medical Services)

3. Pay any fees that are applicable to the documentation (i.e. application, licensure)

Additional Information for Becoming a Paramedic

Oregon has 3 levels of certification and you must pass through these levels to become a paramedic. This link will lead you to the educational requirements for each one of these certifications.

1. EMT-Basic

2. EMT-Intermediate

3. EMT-Paramedic

  • To be certified as an EMT-Paramedic, you must provide proof of at least obtaining an associate’s degree from an accredited institution (Associate of Applied Science being the necessary degree).

Computer Testing

You can choose to take an exam on the computer if it’s eligible in Oregon. Pearson Vue allows you to locate a testing center in your area.

Renewal of Licensure

If you’re in need of renewing your Oregon license or for recertification, this is the link for pertinent information.

Would you like more information for the state of Oregon? Leave a comment below and I’ll update or respond asap. Thanks!

For any forms you need click here!

For any Oregon-approved EMT Schools!

Good luck in your endeavors to become a paramedic!


6 Responses so far.

  1. Ally says:

    here is my question. im 16 and starrting emt classes end of this month (august) and ill finish in january 2012. when im 18 can i just take EMT Intermediate? or do i have to go through EMT basic all over again?

    • admin says:

      Which training program are you going through? And is it a state-approved program? Also, what’s the class called?

      There are many factors that go into deciding whether or not you’ll be required to retake EMT-Basic. Hope to hear from you soon.

  2. val says:

    I have a suspended drivers license, if i dont expect to work on an ambulance, do I have to have one to be a paramedic? I mean, I want to work in the ER not the Ambulance. Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hey Val. If your license is suspended, don’t worry. You can get that back within 6 months and it shouldn’t hurt your chances at working for an ambulance company.

      But if your desire is to work within the ER, I would suggest studying to become a Registered Nurse or an ER physician. As an EMT or paramedic, you will most likely not be stationed inside an Emergency Room on a permanent basis. Paramedics are mostly “in-transit” care providers.

      Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions. The best of luck to you.

  3. Olivia says:

    Any info for overseas qualifications? I am an Advanced Care Paramedic and want to come work over in oregon?

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