In Delaware, after you have successfully graduated from a paramedic program, you must possess your NREMT-P certification if you expect to apply for and receive state paramedic certification.
But there’s much more involved in becoming a paramedic in DE. Here are a few more things you should know.
Paramedic Schools in Delaware
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Delaware Technical and Community College, Terry – Dover, DE
100 Campus Drive
Dover , DE – 19904
Paramedic Training in Delaware
· Usually, paramedic programs require their prospective paramedic students to have current EMT certification. But at Delaware Technical and Community College, for example, this isn’t the case, as students are actually not required to have any prior EMT certifications or work experience.
· You will likely need to have proper CPR certification, and in some cases, have completed an anatomy and physiology course, as well.
· 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.
· Immunizations are certainly required. You’ll likely need to go through a criminal background check and drug screening, too.
· Paramedic training courses can typically be 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.
· You will want to make sure that whichever paramedic training program in Delaware you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Delaware?
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.
How long will it take me to become a paramedic?
Typically, a paramedic program can take anywhere from 6 months to two years to complete.
The paramedic program at Delaware Technical and Community College is a 6 semester (2 year degree) program.
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 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, 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
To practice in Delaware, you will need to be employed by an advanced life support agency. Once employed, you need to provide evidence of your NREMT-P certification as well as ACLS, BCLS, PALS and ITLS certifications to the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
If you leave your employment, your certification in Delaware is suspended. It will be reinstated, however, if you move to another ALS service within the state.
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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