How To Become A Paramedic in Wisconsin

Posted June 14th, 2011 in Info by admin

How to Become a Paramedic in WisconsinBeing a paramedic is a good way to learn absolutely vital survival skills, save lives, and have a stable, recession-proof job. In Wisconsin, becoming a paramedic takes training, certification, and also hard work. For future EMTs, EMS, and also even future doctors, becoming a paramedic is an important step to a bright career.

    1. Before taking the steps to become a paramedic, make sure that you are actually capable and seriously interested in becoming a paramedic. If you cannot handle seeing grievous injuries, or if you faint at the sight of blood, this is unlikely to be a good idea. It’s also important to remember that being a paramedic also is a lot of responsibility. You WILL be in charge of saving other peoples’ lives, and if you fail at your job, someone could get seriously injured or worse. Part of the job of being a paramedic will also involve lifting heavy objects and also doing physically hard work. Really, it’s important to think about your limitations. Emotionally and physically, being a paramedic is a taxing job. Are you sure you are ready for a job that is this rough? (Although this is a rough job, this is also one of the most rewarding.)
    2. Start saving up for your EMT-Paramedic training course. They normally cost around $4,000. Although you can take a personal loan out for your EMS training, it’s a better idea to avoid debt and pay it in cash.
    3. Find an EMT-Paramedic course near you. Regional training centers are often the best places to go, but it could also be possible to find a course by asking someone who is a paramedic in your town. Apply to enroll in a program. It’s worth noting that every official EMT course is a 1,000 hour training course that is consistent with the requirements set forth by the state of Wisconsin. If you are accepted, go to step three, if not, keep looking for a course that will accept you. The state of Wisconsin has 26 EMS training centers, so you have 26 different places that you can apply to.

  1. Enroll in the course and take the class. Each EMT training program is at least 1,000 hours of training time. Expect class time, as well as on-the-job training time alongside other professional EMTs.
  2. Study hard, and then take the National Registry of EMT-Paramedics exam. You can only take this after completing the coursework, the internship requirements, the clinical work, and also proving that you are competent enough to become an EMT. If you fail the exam, have heart. You can attempt to pass the exam up to 3 times. Once you pass the exam, you are an official EMT.

For people who want to work in the medical field, but do not pass the paramedic exam, it might be worth looking into just getting a basic EMT license, instead of getting the EMT-Paramedic license. For a complete list of EMS Training Centers in Wisconsin, check out the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website, which has a complete list of licensed training centers.

Wisconsin Dept of Health Services

1 West Wilson St.

P.O. Box 2659

Madison, WI 53701

Phone: 608-266-1568

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.

BECOME AN EMT

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.

FROM EMT-BASIC TO EMT-INTERMEDIATE

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.

EMT-INTERMEDIATE TO PARAMEDIC

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.

CONCLUSION

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 Washington

Posted January 15th, 2011 in Info, Salary, Training by admin

how to become a paramedicSome may not know, but a paramedic is the highest type of EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) somebody can go. Unless you count anything mixed with a paramedic such as: police/paramedic or fireman/paramedic. So learning how to become a paramedic and earning a paramedic salary is a lot more than some people first think about. You’ve gotta pass through a couple other levels of EMT before you hit the big time, but we’ll get into that in a few paragraphs.

If you’re wondering exactly what an EMT or a paramedic does, there’s a great article about that on this site. There are other articles as well that describe the types of careers for paramedics, the average paramedic salary in the nation, and you can even check out our Job Board. But for this article, we’ll show you exactly how to go about becoming a paramedic in the beautiful state of Washington (not Washington D.C., that’s not a state).

PARAMEDIC SALARY

You probably want to know the annual earnings of a paramedic first and foremost, huh? Here’s the average, but remember that you can make more or less depending upon your experience and what you negotiate for in your interviews. Some paramedics are able to negotiate a much higher annual income than others simply by asking for it. So here’s the median salary for a typical paramedic in Washington:

Salary: $41,830  Hourly: $20.11/hr

WASHINGTON STATE DEPT OF HEALTH

Office of Community Health Systems, EMS and Trauma Section
P.O. Box 47853
Olympia, WA 98504
Telephone: (360)236-2830

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

First, you’ll need to know the basic requirements for any EMT:

1.  At least 18 years of age.
2. Possess a high school diploma or GED
3.  Possess your state-specific (wherever you are applying to) driver’s license.

LEVELS OF CERTIFICATION

1.  First Responder

  • Estimated Training Hours: 54

2.  EMT-Basic

  • Estimated Training Hours:  110

3.  Intravenous Therapy Technician

  • Estimated Training Hours:  50

4.  Airway Management Technician

  • Estimated Training Hours:  50

5.  IV/Airway Technician

  • Estimated Training Hours:  70

6.  Intermediate Life Support Technician

  • Estimated Training Hours: 100

7.  ILS and Airway Technician

  • Estimated Training Hours:  100

8.  Paramedic

  • Estimated Training Hours:  1200-2000

HOW TO BECOME A PARAMEDIC IN WASHINGTON

1.  Successfully complete a Washington-approved training course.

2.  Receive NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) registration. You must pass the exam through the NREMT. For guaranteed success passing the exam click here.

3.  Apply for the Washington state certification.

4.  Associate yourself with a Washington state EMS service.

5.  Have your EMS supervisor verify documentation and sign certification.

6.  Have the County Medical Program Director (MPD) sign and recommend certification on application.

7.  Submit photo ID that contains date of birth.

8.  Complete Continuing Medical Education and pass Washington State written certification exam.

Computer Testing

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

Recertification

If you’re in need of renewing your license: license recertification.

Would you like more information for the state of Washington? Leave a comment below and we’ll update or respond asap.

Thanks, and good luck in your endeavors to become a paramedic in Washington and making that paramedic salary you’ve been so desiring.

Become a Paramedic in Oregon

Posted January 12th, 2011 in Info, Salary, Training by admin

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!


Become a Paramedic in Alaska

Posted January 11th, 2011 in Info, Salary, Training by admin

how to become a paramedicSo you’re wondering about how to become a paramedic in the Land of the Midnight Sun? Super! This article is going to provide you with the necessary knowledge of everything Alaska and paramedic related. Are you primed for info-overload?

We’ll start by giving you the absolutely most critical information most people (not you of course) want to hear first: the paramedic’s salary in Alaska. Isn’t that what we all have to know before we walk into our future career? But please know that this data may fluctuate from your present expectations due to contract agreements, training, experience, and many other factors. BUT…you are always welcome to ask for a higher salary in your future interview!

Paramedic Salary Info

The average salary for a paramedic in Alaska is $46,630. Although this may be different than you first thought, EMTs and paramedics are quite often paid on an hourly basis (which in Alaska, the average hourly wage is $22.42/hr) and get overtime which may grant you well over $50K/yr. Not to mention benefits (depending upon what organization you are employed with).

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Emergency Programs: Preparedness, EMS, and Trauma
P.O. Box 110616
Juneau, AK 99811
Telephone: (907)465-3029

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 Alaska:

1. Enter an Alaska-approved training program.

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

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

4. Find a job in the location you seek.  The Anchorage Fire Department is the leading EMS employer of the state.

Additional Information for Becoming a Paramedic

Alaska has 5 levels of certification. These levels are from the EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Dept. of Alaska. You must pass through these certifications to become a paramedic:

1. ETT (Emergency Trauma Technician)

2. EMT-I (analogous to EMT-Basic)

3. EMT-II (analogous to EMT-I/85)

4. EMT-III

5. MICP (Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic)

Follow this link to get all of the forms and applications needed for Alaska.

Computer Testing

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

Renewal of Licensure

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

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

Good luck in your endeavors to become a paramedic!