If you’re interested in becoming a paramedic in North Carolina, here are a few general prerequisites you’ll need to meet before applying to a paramedic training program:
- One must be a high school graduate who is at least 18 years old. If you’re not a high school graduate, a GED will suffice.
- One must have completed an EMT-Basic course.
- You will also need to have proper CPR certification. And at some schools, like Catawba Valley Community College, one must have successfully completed an Anatomy and Physiology course, as well.
- Each paramedic program requires different things from their prospective students. Immunizations are certainly required (since you’ll be getting hospital experience throughout the course). 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.
- You will want to make sure that whichever paramedic training program in NC you select is an accredited program.
Paramedic Training in North Carolina
Below, please click on a paramedic school in NC to get admissions information on their programs:
· Blue Ridge Community College – Flat Rock, NC
· Catawba Valley Community College – Hickory, NC
· Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center – Ft. Bragg, NC
· Piedmont Community College – Roxboro, NC
· Southwestern Community College – Sylva, NC
· Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, NC
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in North Carolina?
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, experience is not required to be admitted into a paramedic program.
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 six 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 need 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,s 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
Upon successful completion of your paramedic program of choice, you will eligible to apply for NREMT certification or EMT-Paramedic certification in North Carolina.
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.
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