Yep. Bailed on the AEMT class.
Was chatting with my sister about the 6 week plus clinical AEMT class.
"Why are you doing this?"
"Doing what?" I replied.
"Screwing around with EMS. You want to be a paramedic. Find a class and go be a paramedic."
Darn it if, she's not right on.
Why take the time and expense of getting certified as an AEMT when I can just kick ass at paramedic school? So here I go. Looking around for a course ANYWHERE nearby. Closest university course is 200 miles each way...
I have a B.A. degree, two actually. And an A.A. degree. And I'm working on my M.S. I don't need to take Math and English 101. (I am, however, doing self-study medical terminology on http://www.free-ed.net/free-ed/ I'm also working through two A&P textbooks)
WFR (not current)
WFA (not current)
EMR for a year
EMT for 6 months
My Requirements for a Class:
Not an extremely "compressed" class - I need a decent amount of time to absorb, ponder, study, practice (we have an assortment of training equipment at our location so I can practice skills - no "sim man" but plenty of disembodied parts lying around.)
Distance learning (need to keep my job)
Excellent recommendations/reviews from students and professionals
Not too pricey
OK with the Pit Boss (our EMS Director) = a place to work as a paramedic once I finish
Somewhere local to do clinical hours
Try doing a search for "online paramedic program" - OY! I sorted through mountains of "Paramedic to RN online. Fast! Cheap!" ads, looking for a gem in the gravel. I found a couple.
Jems had a list of accredited paramedic programs, which I went through for all the surrounding states:
Unfortunately, no brick-and-mortar program within commuting distance.
Also kept getting referred back to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP):
But didn't find much good info on programs.
New York Methodist Hospital looks promising:
M,Tu,W 1830-2200 EST
3 trips to NY (8 days each)
National Medical Education and Training Center (NMETC)
Tu, Th 1900-2200 EST
??? didactic (10 months, about 42 weeks)
1 trip to MA (100 hrs skills training & evaluation)
PERCOM - looked OK, but clinicals have to be done in Texas - might work for someone who lived closer...
Unknown number of trips to TX
Found several more sites, but most required either too much time on location, or seemed kinda shady - like diploma mills. I realize I will get out of whatever class I decide on with the skills and education I push myself to learn. So here I go.
Mr. Medic is good with this.
Pit Boss is fine with it. He's looking into local options for clinicals.
NMETC it is.
Searching for a way to raise $8,000 tuition in less than 2 months. Wish me luck.
(too bad I'm not prettier - hookers make good money, don't they?)