While many states grant licensure, in order to become a paramedic in New York, you will need to apply for New York certification by taking and passing the NYS certification exam.
Paramedic Training in New York
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
· CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College – New York, NY
· Dutchess Community College – Wappingers Falls, NY
· Herkimer County Community College – Utica, NY
· Hudson Valley Community College – Troy, NY
· Monroe Community College – Rochester, NY
· Nassau County Fire Police EMS Academy at NUMC – East Meadow, NY
· New York Methodist Hospital – Brooklyn, NY
· St. John’s University – Fresh Meadows, NY
· SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology – Cobleskill, NY
Paramedic School Requirements in New York
Any man or woman who wants to apply to a paramedic training program in NY 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 New York EMT certification.
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 www.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 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 New York you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in New York?
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 no, though many colleges prefer their students to have experience prior to entering into their paramedic program. But at the very least, you must have valid EMT certification.
At Dutchess Community College, however, if you do not have EMT certification, then you will need to take the EMT course, as part of their degree program, before you started the paramedic level classes.
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.
At Hudson Valley Community College, for example, students pursuing an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certificate will be able to complete the program in one year during the day, or two years if you can only go during the night.
How much will a paramedic training program cost?
The cost of a program ranges from school to school and program to program. Oftentimes, however, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 for a thorough paramedic education.
The paramedic program at New York Methodist Hospital, for example, will cost students $8,250.00 total ($4,125.00 for each semester).
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
In order to be granted state certification, you will need to pass the practical skills exam and NYS exam. If you successfully do this, you will be certified as a paramedic in NY for three years.
Understand that becoming certified in New York and becoming nationally registered with the NREMT requires paramedic hopefuls to take two separate exams.
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 and Hawaii, a paramedic salary can range from anywhere from $44,000 to $49,000.
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