How to Become a Paramedic

Posted March 3rd, 2011 in Info, Salary, Training by admin

There are many careers to choose from in the U.S. This is one of the many ways that makes this country so amazing. Whether you grew up poor, or you have a wealthy family, you have a chance to become whatever you’d like to be. Firefighter? Sure. CEO of a large corporation? Work hard enough and you could be there. How about a zoologist? Search the Internet and you’ll find great information to help you become one. And these are just three professions out of thousands upon thousands of choices you may have.

Then there are those people who grow up wanting to become firefighters, policemen, and doctors. They desire to make a difference in their community and in the lives of others. They lean toward those altruistic careers that tend to be focused on helping people than on their paycheck (although the salary can be an added bonus).

You may even be one of these people. Do you enjoy helping others? Do you hope to save lives in the future? Do you want to keep the neighborhood safe? If so, then maybe you’d be perfect for a career in the (EMS) Emergency Medical Service field. You could become an EMT and work your way up to becoming a paramedic. If so, then look no further. This article was written just for you. Continue reading to discover exactly how to become a paramedic.


First things first, you’ll need to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). For that information, if you haven’t been there already, you’ll need to jump over to the article on this site —–> How to Become an EMT.  This is a necessary step because, as many do not know, a paramedic is the highest form of an Emergency Medical Technician. Depending upon which state you apply in, there are currently four different levels of EMTs.

1.     EMT – Basic

2.     EMT – Intermediate/85

3.     EMT – Intermediate/99

4.     EMT – Paramedic

Some states have a few more levels; most do not. There are even a few that only possess three levels of certification before you can become a licensed paramedic.


Now that you know about the different levels to become a paramedic, and you’ve read the article on becoming an EMT, then you need to scale through the ranks to enter the elite group of paramedics. This may be easier for some than others, but if you keep at it with utter intention on becoming a paramedic, then you’ll be successful.

You begin your career path by becoming the EMT-B and as you gain more time as a basic-level Emergency Medical Technician, then you’ll be able to take courses in Continued Education to gain the training you’ll need to move forward. To move from EMT-Basic to EMT-Intermediate, most states require at least 100 hours as an EMT-B, a clinical internship, and a field internship.

As you enter the EMT world, you’ll want to jump on internships, volunteer work, or even summer programs that allow you to gain as much field experience as possible. There are plenty (about 28%) of Emergency Medical Technicians that are volunteers or doing an internship at the moment. This will allow for maximum experience while going through the needed courses to proceed.

Once your hours are complete and you’ve gained the necessary requirements for fieldwork, then you’ll need to apply for the EMT-Intermediate certification. This may take a few weeks, but find out through one of your instructors where you should apply according to your state regulations.

* You’ll also find state-specific information on this site. Check out the homepage for more information.


This is the biggest step and takes the most time; but it’s well worth it. Among the most advanced teams in the field, the paramedic is one of the best. Providing everything from medication administration to advanced life support, the paramedic is ready to serve his/her community.

Most states require that a paramedic has clocked at least 1200 hours of EMT experience, a clinical internship, and a field internship before becoming a paramedic. Some states even consider 2000 hours not to be enough. Check with your specific state EMS organization to see how many hours you will need to complete before you are allowed to become a paramedic.

Once finished, you’ll need to apply to your state’s health organization – EMS department to receive your paramedic license. This is the last and final step in the process on how to become a paramedic. Every two years you will need to renew your license to keep your position, but most companies will give you a notice six months prior.


Now that you know how to become a paramedic, step out and make a difference in your life and in the lives of others. If you’ve read through this whole article and are still interested in more information, leave a comment, or search throughout the site to find the answers you are looking for. This website was made specifically with you in mind. Your success is our goal. Now go become a paramedic!

Become a Paramedic in Alabama

Posted January 7th, 2011 in Info, Salary, Training by admin

how to become a paramedicSo you’re wondering about how to become a paramedic in the Heart of Dixie? I congratulate you! This page is going to help give you the necessary education in everything Alabama and paramedic related.  Get ready to be schooled!

We’ll start by supplying you with the absolutely most important knowledge a lot of people (not you of course) want to know first: a paramedic’s salary in Alabama. Isn’t that what we all want to know before we climb into the driver’s seat of our future career? But please understand that this information may fluctuate from your present expectations due to contract agreements, understanding, experience, and many other factors. BUT…you are always welcome to ask for a higher annual income in your interview!

Paramedic Salary Info

The average yearly salary for a paramedic in Alabama is $32,120. Although this may be different than you first thought, EMTs and paramedics are quite often paid on an hourly basis (which in Alabama, the average hourly wage is $15.44/hr) and get overtime which may grant you well over $40K/yr. Not to bring up the benefits (depending upon what organization you are employed by).

Alabama Department of Public Health Info

Emergency Medical Services
The RSA Tower, Suite 750, P.O. Box 303017
Montgomery, AL 36130
Telephone: (334) 206-5383

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 Alabama:

1.  Enter an Alabama-approved training program.

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

3.  Submit your EMS Personnel Application.

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

Additional Information for Becoming a Paramedic

Alabama has 3 levels of certification.  The certification levels and Continued Education within the EMS (Emergency Medical Service) of Alabama that you must pass to become a certified paramedic from beginning to end include:

* For any of these forms, print, fill out, and mail into the address above *

1. EMT-Basic

2. EMT-Intermediate

  • You can gain more information through your Continued Education courses

3. EMT-Paramedic

Computer Testing

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

Renewal of Licensure

If you’re in need of renewing your Alabama license or for recertification, this is the link for the online renewal application.

If you’d like more information for the state of Alabama, leave a comment below and I’ll update or respond asap. Thanks!

Best of luck in becoming a paramedic!