North Dakota is deemed a pure National Registry state, so once you successfully pass the NREMT-P examination, you can then apply to the state for licensure by submitting proof of your National Registry certificate.
Paramedic Training in North Dakota
· 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 North Dakota EMT certification and/or their NREMT certification.
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 will need to have a valid driver’s license.
· 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 School in North Dakota
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
· Emergency Training Associates/Greater Minnesota Paramedic Consortium – Fergus Falls, MN
· North Dakota State College of Science – Wahpeton, ND
· Bismarck State College – Bismarck, ND
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 North Dakota you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in ND?
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/licensure.
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 the F-M Ambulance-North Dakota State College of Sciences, for example, their paramedic program lasts 11 months for daytime students and 16 months for nighttime students.
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.
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 licensure, you will first need to successfully pass the NREMT-P exam. Once you’ve done that, then you can provide the state of North Dakota with a copy of your National Registry card (along with some other paperwork), and you’ll be on your way to being a licensed paramedic able to practice in ND.
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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