For those interested in becoming a paramedic in the state of Kentucky, here’s everything you need to know, from choosing a paramedic program to applying for state licensure.
Paramedic Schools in Kentucky
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their healthcare programs:
Ashland Community and Technical College – Ashland, KY
12307 Midland Trail
Ashland, KY – 41102
Eastern Kentucky University – Richmond, KY
521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY – 40475-3100
Gateway Community & Technical College – Edgewood, KY
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
790 Thomas More Parkway
Edgewood, KY 41017
Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services – Lexington, KY
219 E Third St
Lexington, KY – 40508
Owensboro Community and Technical College – Owensboro, KY
4800 New Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY – 42303
Somerset Community College – Somerset, KY
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
808 Monticello St
South Campus, Rm 159C
Somerset, KY 42501
Paramedic Training in Kentucky
For prospective paramedic students looking to attend a training program in KY, here are the eligibility requirements you must meet (according to the Kentucky Legislature website.
· You must be at least 18-years-old.
· You must hold a high school diploma or GED.
· You must understand, read, speak, and write the English language, with a comprehension and performance level equal to at least the ninth grade of education.
· You must hold current certification as an EMT in Kentucky. If you don’t, then you must hold current registration with the NREMT as an NREMT-B. For more on becoming nationally certified with the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians), which is a non-governmental agency that registers and maintains a database of certified EMTs, visit NREMT.org.
· You must not be currently subject to disciplinary action pursuant to KRS Chapter 311A that would prevent licensure.
· You must also meet any and all additional requirements established by the EMS-TEI.
· You must also hold a valid motor vehicle operator’s license from a state or territory of the United States.
· Along with these terms, you will need to provide proof of proper vaccinations and your CPR certification.
PARAMEDIC TRAINING PROGRAM DETAILS
Paramedic training courses can typically be found at community colleges. A paramedic 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 program in Kentucky you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Iowa?
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.
Eastern Kentucky University, for example, is the second oldest accredited paramedic education program in America. UCLA’s program was the first.
Do I need EMT experience to apply to a paramedic training program?
Typically, EMT experience is not required, although many program directors encourage and even prefer students to have experience.
At Eastern Kentucky University, prospective students will be required (beginning in the fall of 2012) to provide verified number of calls and duty hours. If that cannot be provided for whatever reason, students will be asked to take the university’s EMT clinical class.
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.
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
In Kentucky, aside from some required paperwork, if you pass the NREMT-P examinations, you will become licensed to practice within the state.
If you are already certified or licensed from another state, you’ll have to apply for reciprocity with the state of Kentucky.
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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