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

Paramedic Training and Curriculum

Posted March 9th, 2011 in Info, Resources, Training by admin

Are you interested in knowing what kind of training your expected to go through in when becoming a paramedic? Is so, then you’ll need to know the two major prerequisites before entering the paramedic training program. These are:

An EMT-Paramedic is the highest form of Emergency Medical Technician you can be. It takes years of experience, EMT training, and continued education to become a paramedic. This is why they are the best-of-the-best at providing advanced life support. So continue to discover what you’ll expect in your paramedic training course.

Paramedic Training Curriculum

This article will go into depth on what curriculum of paramedic training you’ll receive as you enter this tremendous feat of education. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has provided us with the National Standard Curriculum to show you. This is the standard for anybody desiring to move from an EMT-Intermediate to an EMT-Paramedic. Continue reading to find out what courses you will need to take as you receive your training. This classroom instruction time is estimated to take between 1000-1200 hours. This, of course, depends upon many different factors, mostly the student’s competency and availability, but this is an average estimate. So here we go with the curriculum.

Paramedic training includes, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • EMS Systems/Roles and Responsibilities
  • The Well-Being of the Paramedic
  • Illness and Injury Prevention
  • Medical/Legal Issues
  • Ethics
  • General Principles of Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Venous Access and Medication Administration
  • Therapeutic Communications
  • Life Span Development
  • Airway Management and Ventilation
  • Patient Assessment
  • History Taking
  • Techniques of Physical Examination
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Communications
  • Documentation
  • Trauma Systems and Mechanism of Injury
  • Hemorrhage and Shock
  • Soft Tissue Trauma
  • Burns
  • Head and Facial Trauma
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Thoracic Trauma
  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Trauma
  • Pulmonary
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Endocrinology
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Gastroenterology
  • Renal/Urology
  • Toxicology
  • Hematology
  • Environmental Conditions
  • Infectious and Communicable Diseases
  • Behavioral and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Genecology
  • Obstetrics
  • Neonatology
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Abuse and Assault
  • Patients with Special Challenges
  • Acute Interventions for the Chronic Care Patient
  • Assessment Based Management
  • Ambulance Operations
  • Medical Incident Command
  • Rescue Awareness and Operations
  • Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Crime Scene Awareness
  • Clinical Rotations

This course is intense, but gives you the necessary paramedic training and expertise to provide advanced life support to those in need. If this continues to interest you and your desire for becoming an EMT or paramedic is growing, then push forward, find a quality paramedic school or course, and persevere through all that’s required of you. This is the best way to become a successful paramedic.

If you’re looking for a job as a paramedic, you can apply to many of them through our Job Board. Good luck!

EMT Training – Intermediate Level

Posted March 8th, 2011 in Info, Resources, Training by admin

There are a few levels that one must pass through to become a paramedic. Most states include four levels:

  • EMT-Basic
  • EMT-Intermediate/85
  • EMT-Intermediate/99
  • EMT-Paramedic

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that has developed the National Standard Curriculum for EMT training across America and for our purposes here, we will consider the two intermediate levels as one. This will allow for a more detailed report on what to expect in EMT training for the Intermediate Level.

If you have found the EMT Training – Basic Level helpful, then add this article to your collection. You will find out the exact curriculum that an EMT-Basic receives when obtaining more EMT training to enter a higher level of Emergency Medical Technician.

EMT Training – Intermediate Curriculum

This curriculum that was developed by the NHTSA and is recognized all over the U.S. as the standard for EMT training and education. The intermediate level curriculum consists of:

  • Intro to the Foundations of EMT-Intermediate
  • EMS System: Roles and Responsibilities of the EMT-Intermediate
  • Review Current EMS System
  • Overview of EMT-Intermediate Education
  • Review the Process of Certification/Registration
  • Professionalism
  • Importance of EMS Research
  • Medical Direction
  • Operate as “Physician Extension”
  • Role of EMS Physician
  • Benefits of Medical Direction
  • Improving System Quality
  • Develop a System for Continually Improving and Evaluating Care
  • Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Dynamic Process
  • EMS Research Helps Improvement Efforts
  • The Well-Being of the EMT-Intermediate
  • Review Preventing Disease Transmission
  • Illness and Injury Prevention
  • Epidemiology
  • Feasibility of EMS Involvement
  • Implementation of Prevention Strategies
  • Medical/Legal Issues
  • Review of the Legal System
  • How Laws Affect the EMT-Intermediate
  • Legal Accountability of the EMT-Intermediate
  • Patient Relationships
  • Resuscitation Issues
  • Documentation
  • Ethics
  • Ethical Tests in Healthcare
  • Ethical Issues in Contemporary EMT-Intermediate Practice

Along with finishing this course, you will need to obtain clinical and field internships. The hours required depend upon which state you are employed with. If you aren’t to the intermediate stage just yet, there is an EMT Training article for Basic Level.

If you are interested in further information, these articles may also help:

EMT Training – Basic Level

Posted March 8th, 2011 in Info, Resources, Training by admin

EMT TrainingThe EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) is a highly trained individual, certified to provide advanced life support to individuals in serious injury. This position requires extensive training and education to provide communities with the best-of-the-best when it comes to EMS (Emergency Medical Services). If this profession interests you, then you’ll want to know what type of training is required to become an EMT; or even what training may be necessary to pass from EMT-Basic to EMT-Intermediate. This article will give you the best information on EMT training there is. You can also find EMT training information on EMT-Intermediate on this site as well.

EMT Training

All of this information comes directly from the National Standard Curriculum for EMT Training – Basic Level. This is the cornerstone of EMS pre-hospital training. For EMT training, you will be required to obtain at least 110 hours of classroom instruction time that includes these courses:

  • CPR (Prerequisite before entering EMT Training – Basic Level)
  • Introduction to Emergency Care
  • Well-Being of the EMT-B
  • Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues
  • The Human Body
  • Baseline Vital Signs and SAMPLE History
  • Lifting and Moving Patients
  • Airway
  • Practical Skills Lab: Airway
  • Scene Size-up
  • Initial Assessment
  • Focused History and Physical Exam – Trauma Patient
  • Focused History and Physical Exam – Medical Patient
  • Detailed Physical Exam
  • On-Going Assessment
  • Communications
  • Documentation
  • Practical Skills Lab: Patient Assessment
  • General Pharmacology
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Diabetes/Altered Mental Status
  • Allergies
  • Poisoning/Overdose
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Behavioral Emergencies
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Bleeding and Shock
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Care
  • Injuries to the Head and Spine
  • Practical Skills Lab: Trauma
  • Ambulance Operations
  • Gaining Access
  • Advanced Airway
  • Practical Skills Lab: Advanced Airway

This is what the basic course for EMT Training looks like in-depth. These are the classes and courses you will be taking to gain the best education possible. You will also be required to obtain time in a clinical setting and on the field. That time depends upon which state you are employed in. Other requirements to fulfill EMT-Basic field duty may include:

  • Ambulance Driver Training
  • Heavy and Light Rescue
  • Special Needs
  • Basic Extrication
  • Other requirements may depend upon state-specific information

If this finds you even more interested in becoming an EMT, this site is dedicated to you. We are constantly updating our databases with the most relevant information regarding EMTs and paramedics. Other articles that may help you on your way to becoming an EMT or paramedic are:

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!