Paramedics has the knowledge and skill to provide a more advanced level of emergency medical care to patients in a prehospital setting. They are commonly assigned to ambulances and other response vehicles as the primary care provider for the sick and injured. The training for paramedics provided through EMT paramedic training is also the most advanced and extensive in all the levels of EMT’s. They require more hours of training and experience to acquire skills like patient assessment, invasive airway management, cardiac monitoring. administering medications, and other advanced life support skills. The paramedic mostly takes the lead role with other EMT’s, completes extensive patient documentation on condition and treatments provided, and understands legal and ethical issues about emergency medical services.
Through the EMT paramedic training of more than 1000 hours or more than a year and experience, paramedic should be able to handle the challenge and responsibility, have good judgement, and remain calm in stressful situations. EMT training varies from state to state from the requirements to the number of hours required for training.
EMT Paramedic Training Requirements
It is required for EMT Paramedics to be at least a state certified EMT Basic first and work for twelve full months as an EMT Basic. Other requirements apply like high school diploma or GED, at least 18 years of age, and a current CPR certification.
EMT Paramedic Training Curriculum
The NHTSA or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the standard and guidelines to be followed in the EMT Paramedic training like all the other EMT training curriculum. The EMT paramedic curriculum may look like something like this:
Preparatory: Its all about EMS systems, well being and the roles and responsibilities of being a paramedic, ethics, medical and legal issues, injury prevention, pharmacology, administering medicine, and many others.
Airway Management: This module deals with establishing/maintaining the patient’s airway, ventilation, and oxygenation.
Patient Assessment: Taking the history, physical examination, documentation, and communication with the patient.
Trauma: More about shocks, burns, and varieties of trauma.
Medical: This module deals with cardiology, neurology, hematology, pulmonary, endocrinology, environmental, gynecology, obstetrics, and behavioral among others.
Special Considerations: Some of the topics include neonatology, geriatrics, pediatrics, and abuse and assault.
Assessment Based Management Operations: It’s all about ambulance operations, rescue awareness and operations, crime scene awareness, and more.
You can find the complete and detailed National Standard Curriculum for Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (EMT-P) here.
Completing the EMT Paramedic training course will allow the student to take the EMT Paramedic certification examination.