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.