In Alaska, paramedics are known as Mobile Intensive Care Paramedics (MICPs), and one must be licensed by the state to practice.
Paramedic Training in Alaska
Below is a list of schools in Alaska that offer EMT, paramedic, and other healthcare related programs:
Paramedic School Requirements
-In Alaska, one must be 19 years old or older and be a high school graduate to become licensed as a MICP. In order to apply to a paramedic program, however, you typically only need to be 18. If you don’t have a high school diploma, a GED will usually suffice.
-Being licensed is not the same as being Nationally Registered. For more on becoming nationally certified with the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians), which is a non-governmental agency that registers and maintains a database of certified EMTs, visit NREMT.org.
-A current CPR certificate and/or card is required.
-Students will need to be a Nationally Registered EMT-Basic or be a State of Alaska EMT-I.
-The paramedic program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community & Technical College, for example, not only requires an EMT-Basic certificate, but also documentation of one semester of an anatomy course.
-Proper immunizations and titers are required (especially for your clinical rotations and field internships), and you’ll likely need to go through a criminal background check and drug screening, too. Written references may or may not be required by the school, and some programs choose to conduct an oral interview, too, in an effort to get to know their applicants and potential students.
-Paramedic training courses are usually found at community colleges. An EMT-P course often provides students with a mixture of classroom and in-hospital clinical experience, as well as some field experience.
-Make sure that whichever paramedic training program in Alaska you select, especially come 2013, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Alaska?
Make sure you visit the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) to find an accredited paramedic training program. This is important, because as of January 1, 2013, all students will need to complete paramedic education at an accredited school in order to take the paramedic NREMT exam.
Do I need EMT experience to apply to a paramedic training program?
This varies from school to school, so be sure to check around for a program that fits you best. Typically, you don’t need EMT experience.
A great example of this is the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community & Technical College. Their accredited paramedic training program–which includes 500 hours of classroom and lab work, 250 clinical hours, and 480 hours gaining experience through an internship—does not require students to have had previous EMT experience.
How long will it take me to become a paramedic?
This really depends on the college and training program you select. Typically, a paramedic program can take anywhere from 6 months to two years to complete.
How much will a paramedic training program cost?
All paramedic courses are a bit different and vary college to college. But, typically, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for a quality and thorough paramedic training course. Some programs can most certainly exceed that cost, however.
TAKING THE PARAMEDIC NREMT EXAM
After you successfully complete the required paramedic training course, you will want to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam. This is both a computer adaptive test (cognitive examination) as well as a skills test (psychomotor examination).
The cognitive examination will cover the entire spectrum of EMS care. This includes Airway, Ventilation, Oxygenation, Trauma, Cardiology, Medical, and EMS Operations. The maximum amount of time you will be given to pass this portion of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The psychomotor examination consists of 12 separate skills laid out in a scenario-type format to approximate the abilities of the EMT-Paramedic to function in the out-of-hospital setting. Those taking the test are actually allowed to bring their own equipment to the exam provided it is approved for testing by the National Registry Representative in attendance at the examination.
The psychomotor exam portion of the paramedic NREMT exam will test your knowledge and competency in each of the following skills: Patient Assessment-Trauma, Ventilatory Management, Cardiac Management Skills, IV and Medication Skills, Oral Station, Pediatric Skills, and Random Basic Skills.
How to Become a Paramedic in Alaska
In Alaska, you must pass the National Registry exam to become state licensed.
If you have more questions about paramedic licensure in AK, contact the Alaska State Medical Board.
They can be reached at:
Medical Board Licensing Examiner Department of Commerce
and Economic Development Division of Occupational Licensing
(333 Willoughby Avenue – Ninth Floor)
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
And if you’re ready to apply now, you can click here to download the PDF application for licensure as a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic.
Here are the application requirements for licensure, which are somewhat similar to the requirements one must meet when applying to paramedic programs in Alaska:
1. Must be at least 19 years of age or older
2. Must be a high school graduate
3. Complete Application (form 08-4004) With Notary Seal and Passport
4. Authorization for Release of Records
5. Paramedic Training Certificate, certified true copy
(may substitute an original letter from the program director)
6. National Registry Examination Score Report, certified true copy
(may use a certified true copy of the wall certificate or wallet card)
7. Verification of Paramedic Internship Training
(not required if currently licensed in another state)
8. Physician Sponsor Statement of Responsibility
If you are licensed in another state, you will need the following:
9. Past Physician Sponsor’s Declaration of Competence
10. Verification of Licensure from all states and provinces where applicant has even been licensed
How much money does a paramedic make annually?
An average paramedic salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011, is about $34,030 per year.
If you’re an EMT or paramedic working in Anchorage, Alaska, consider yourself lucky when it comes to your annual salary. The annual mean wage for paramedics in Anchorage, according to the BLS as of May 2011, was over $58,000.
There are a variety of paramedic jobs and EMS employers within Alaska. Some fire departments, ambulance services, and medevac services utilize EMTs and/or Paramedics.
To learn more about paramedic training requirements, please return to our homepage.