Paramedics and EMTS
Paramedics and EMTs provide emergency medical treatment for people who need care. This position requires a lot of responsibility and dedication. Both paramedics and emts must be able to move at a fast pace while making the best decisions.
First responders include: EMTs, paramedics,
The first step to becoming and EMT is to complete the basic training also known as EMT-B. This training ranges from six month to two years for completion. There are several different options for program completion; the options include programs at technical institutes, community colleges and enrolling in the EMS EMT program through Alameda County.
After completing the program the next step is to pass a background check and a national or state exam to become a certified EMT. This exam will include both cognitive and psychomotor topics.
-Advanced EMT Training: 300 hours of coursework
-Two year degree program: A two year degree after passing the EMT exam and background check will allow one to become a paramedic.
EMTs can make a starting salary of $15 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Paramedics can make a starting salary of $19 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
There is a increasing demand for EMTs within the next few years.
Paramedics are a step up from EMTs; therefore there are higher credential needed to achieve a paramedic status.
The credential needed to become a paramedic include:
Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional: International Board for Certification of Safety Managers
EMT Basic: National Registry of EMTs
EMT Intermediate: National Registry of EMTs
EMT Paramedic: National Registry of EMTs
First Responder: National Registry of EMTs
Certified Medical Interpreter: The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters
Critical Care Paramedics: Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification
Flight Paramedic Certification: Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification
Certified Hyperbaric Technologist: National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology
In addition to becoming a paramedic or EMT their are other similar emergency jobs such as a firefighter or a police officer. In order to become a firefighter one must first attain a high school diploma or equivalent in addition to a Emergency Medical Technician EMT-Basic certification.