An important prerequisite for entry into the Paramedic Program (EMT-P) is the certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. EMTs are individuals who have completed 110 hours of classroom and clinical training in basic life support, and have passed written and practical examinations. One year of actual ambulance experience as an EMT, or equivalent, is also required.
Prospective students must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. They must have the ability to: communicate verbally, via radio and telephone; ability to lift and carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 lbs with assistance); ability to interpret written, oral and diagnostic form instructions; ability to use good judgment and remain calm in high-stress situations; ability to be unaffected by loud noises and flashing lights; ability to be unaffected by smells and sights of blood, tissue, emesis, urine and feces; ability to function efficiently throughout an entire work shift without interruption; ability to calculate weight and volume ratios; ability to read English language manuals, road maps and street guides, discern street signs and address numbers; ability to interview patient, family members, and bystanders; ability to document in writing all relevant information in a prescribed format; ability to converse in English with co-workers and hospital staff as to status of patient; must have good manual dexterity, with ability to perform all tasks related to the highest quality patient care; ability to bend, stoop and crawl on uneven terrain; ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold and moisture; ability to work in low light and confined spaces; the ability to read fine print on medication containers (corrective lenses acceptable); must have stable emotional makeup and have good coping skills. Students must not have any felony convictions.
HELPFUL BACKGROUNDS AND CLASSES
It is very beneficial to have college level algebra, entry level chemistry, anatomy, medical terminology, prior to EMT-P school.
The following is a list of COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS which are generally not helpful and may be harmful to the student's success:
Reading the paramedic text before the program begins (very harmful).
Advancing level by level. We believe Basic EMTs should go directly to paramedic training, not up the training ladder (can be harmful for some people).
Being tutored by an A-EMT who is not in the EMS educational loop. (occasionally harmful).