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