In most states, a paramedic is often referred to as an EMT-P. In Hawaii, a paramedic is often referred to as a MICT (Mobile Intensive Care Technician). A MICT is ready to perform advanced life support functions in the pre-hospital emergency setting under the careful guidance of a medical doctor. A MICT is also expected to perform other functions, too, like administering intravenous fluids, reading electrocardiograms, administering medication, performing endotracheal intubation, and using a cardiac monitor defibrillator.
Paramedic Training in Hawaii
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Kapiolani Community College – Honolulu, HI
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu , HI – 96816
· Like other paramedic programs across the country, being a certified EMT is a prerequisite for the MICT 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 usually suffice.
· Immunizations are required (due to clinical rotations). 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.
· In general, paramedic training courses can typically be found at community colleges. An EMT-P or MICT training 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 Hawaii you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Hawaii?
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?
This varies from school to school, so check be sure to check around for a program that fits you best.
At Kapi’olani Community College, for example, prospective paramedic program applicants will need to have at least one year’s worth of EMT experience. Don’t be discouraged by this, as paramedic students with previous EMT experience often find more success in paramedic programs and in passing the NREMT-P paramedic examination.
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?
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.
To learn specifically how much money you can expect to pay at a school like Kapi’olani Community College, check out their MICT frequently asked questions section of their website.
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 work on the ambulance in Hawaii, you will need to be both Hawaii state certified and nationally certified by the NREMT. After you complete your paramedic program, you will be eligible for testing.
How much money does a paramedic make annually?
Hawaii is one of the best states to practice as a paramedic, at least when it comes to yearly income. The average salary of a paramedic in Hawaii is $47,920. Only the District of Columbia and Alaska have a higher annual mean wage for working EMTs and Paramedics.
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