Become a Medic
Many communities across the U.S., especially in rural areas, are experiencing a shortage of qualified EMTs. With more EMTs retiring than are graduating, now is the best time to get started on your career in the EMS field!
How long is the training?
EMT-Basic 3-4 months; paramedic is 12 months. Combined, the program is 2 years*.
How much does the EMT-Basic class cost?
How much will I make?
Is there financial aid available?
How do I register?
In addition to the traditional ambulance EMT, the job opportunities are broad for the qualified EMT and growing steadily. Having an EMT onsite in an emergency can be vital, from deciding whether transport is required to administering lifesaving treatment. In Acadian Companies alone, we employ EMTs as dispatchers, flight paramedics, documentation experts, telehealth analysts, offshore medics and EMT instructors. Other career options include positions with security agencies, fire services, police agencies (specifically tactical operations on SWAT teams), casino security, military agencies and hospitals (now hiring paramedics to work in ERs).
The future for EMS careers is growing as more and more paramedics begin to act as physician extenders, bridging the gap between physicians' offices and ERs, which results in a lower patient volume for those facilities. Over the next 5-10 years, the increased demand and responsibility for EMS professionals will require moving from technical certificate programs to full-on degree programs. This professionalization of the field will ultimately require higher levels of reimbursement from insurance companies and higher salaries for those working in the EMS field.
*Student must take/show proof of passing a college level survey A & P course or a full year A & P course.
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