It is crucial to have a good foundation as an EMT, or an Advanced EMT, in order to be successful as a Paramedic. Paramedic requires significantly more training than EMT and represents the Advanced Life Support role in the pre-hospital setting.
What you need to know
Two options are provided for the Paramedic pathway:
An application and entrance exam are required as part of the acceptance process into the Paramedic Certificate or AAS degree program. A student does not need to be accepted and enrolled in the Paramedic program to take major support or general education prerequisite classes. Individuals working towards the AAS and Certificate will require successful completion of the specified prerequisites before the program start date.
The Paramedic program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs of the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
CoAEMSP requires the program to provide current and consistent summary information about the CBC Paramedic student/graduate achievements. This includes the results of the three-year review-window average of the outcomes for national registry written and practical exams, retention, and positive placement. Those results can be found in the following table which is updated annually.
The EMS department also provides various continuing education opportunities for certified paramedics in the Southeastern Washington region and Oregon. Workshops will also provide various Advanced Life Support continuing education opportunities as required or requested by community officials, (see HSCI course listing).
The goal of the Paramedic Program is to prepare graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level paramedic positions in agencies providing pre-hospital emergency services.
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