Taking the step to become a paramedic is a big part of furthering your career in the healthcare field. Whether you already work in health care or are considering making a career change, there are specific steps that you need to take to become a paramedic. At Mobile Medical Response, we offer paramedic courses in Michigan, but there are specific boxes that you need to be able to check before becoming a paramedic. We’ve laid out these five steps and what it takes to enter the field.
Earn your EMT license
The first step to becoming a paramedic is earning your EMT license. This certification allows you to learn the basics of providing emergency and pre-hospital care. To be eligible for admission into an EMT course you must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. It’s recommended that you work a couple of years as an EMT before taking paramedic courses. This allows you to get a significant amount of experience in the field before acquiring more skills and knowledge to accept additional responsibility.
Complete college-level anatomy and physiology
Because being a paramedic requires advanced knowledge and abilities, you’re going to have to complete a college-level anatomy and physiology class with a C or better within the last seven years. If it’s been more than seven years or you’re unable to take one of these courses, the alternative would be to complete the Anatomy and Physiology for the Prehospital Provider class online through Jones and Bartlett Learning. Those who opt for this class must achieve an 80% or better.
Complete learning level competency testing
A learning level competency test is designed to identify which skills you have mastered. Platinum Education provides computer adaptive testing that is designed to help prepare you for your paramedic certification. Adaptive testing will provide questions based on how well you do with the test. For instance, as you get more answers correct, the more difficult the questions will be. The same is true in the reverse. This is a way to help you and your instructor understand where your knowledge and competency within the field stand.
Get current on your shots
Part of working in any branch of health care is staying current on your vaccinations. Primarily as a paramedic, you’re required to provide documentation that you are up to date on your hepatitis B vaccine and have a recent negative tuberculosis test. You must also provide your vaccination record to prove that you are up to date on other vaccinations like tetanus and MMR.
Complete the paramedic training course
In addition to courses, testing, and vaccinations, you must have a valid driver’s license, complete a drug screen and background check, and be free of any criminal convictions that would disqualify you from working in health care. Once you’ve obtained all the prior certifications and completed the prerequisite steps to enrollment, you can participate in your paramedic course.
Enrollment with Mobile Medical Response costs a $6,000 program fee that includes a $200 non-refundable registration fee as well as $1,116.46 in additional fees for textbooks, testing, and other services. The $6,000 program fee can either be paid in full or as a $2,000 deposit at registration with the remaining $4,000 paid in installments at the start of each quarter.
Contact us to get started
If you’re interested in paramedic courses in Michigan, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Mobile Medical Response. We can help you get on the path to progressing your career as a paramedic. Give our education office a call at 989-907-3698 or send us a message using our contact form to request more information about our program. We look forward to helping you take the next step in your career.