Massachusetts is not a National Registry state, therefore once you complete a paramedic training program in-state, you will need to take the Massachusetts Paramedic licensing exam so that you may work as a paramedic in MA.
PARAMEDIC TRAINING IN MASSACHUSETTS
· Any man or woman who wants to apply to a paramedic training program in Massachusetts will first need to meet the following requirements:
· He or she must be at least 18 years old.
· He or she must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
· He or she will need to be able to show proof of their Massachusetts EMT license. Remember that being state licensed/certified is not the same thing as being Nationally Registered. The NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) is a non-governmental agency that registers and maintains a database of certified EMTs. You can learn more at NREMT.org.
· He or she may also be required to provide references and show proof of immunizations (such as Hepatitis B), and likely submit him or herself to a criminal background and/or drug screening.
· Proof of your CPR certification and/or ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification.
PARAMEDIC TRAINING PROGRAM DETAILS
Paramedic training courses can typically be found at community colleges.
Generally, an EMT-P course often provides students with a mixture of classroom and in-hospital clinical experience, as well as some field experience.
You will want to make sure that whichever paramedic training program in Massachusetts you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Massachusetts?
In general, 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?
Typically, EMT experience is not required, but this varies greatly from program to program.
The Pro EMS Center for Medics in Cambridge, Massachusetts requires its prospective candidates to have vocational experience as an EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate.
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?
The cost of a program ranges from school to school, and certainly state to state.
At Northern Essex Community College, for example, tuition can range from $5,600 for those in-state to $14,500 for those out of state.
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.
PRACTICING AS A PARAMEDIC
After successful completion of a paramedic program, graduates are eligible to take the State of Massachusetts Paramedic licensing exam as well as the NREMT exam.
Please note that Massachusetts is not a National Registry state. That means that if you’re someone who has his or her National Registry certification and also passed any required state examination to become licensed or certified in another state, you will still be required to successfully complete the Massachusetts EMT-Paramedic written examination.
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. Though in some areas of the country, like the District of Columbia, Maryland, and even Hawaii, a paramedic salary can range from anywhere from $44,000 to $49,000.
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