Nebraska has no state exam, so once you complete a paramedic training program in NE and pass the NREMT exams, you are then able to apply for state licensure.
Paramedic Training in Nebraska
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
Central Community College – Grand Island, NE
3134 W. Hwy 34
Grand Island , NE – 68802
Creighton University – Omaha, NE
2500 California Plaza
Omaha , NE – 68178
McCook Community College/Mid-Plains Community College – McCook, NE
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1205 East 3rd Street
McCook, NE 69001
Metropolitan Community College – Omaha, NE
Omaha , NE – 68103
Northeast Community College – Norfolk, NE
801 East Benjamin Avenue
P.O. Box 469
Norfolk , NE – 68702
Southeast Community College – Lincoln, NE
8800 O Street, B-18
Lincoln , NE – 68520
Requirements for Paramedic Schools in NE?
Any person looking to become a paramedic in the state of Nebraska will need to meet the following requirements before they actually are accepted into any program.
· You must be at least 18 years old.
· You must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
· You need to have their EMT-Basic license for the state of Nebraska. Be sure to remember that being state licensed/certified is not the same thing as being Nationally Registered. 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.
· You will likely be asked by a college/paramedic program to provide references, as well as show proof of immunizations (such as Hepatitis B), and likely submit him or herself to a criminal background and/or drug screening. Things like a valid driver’s license and a copy of one’s Social Security card, too, will need to be provided.
· If you’re an international student, a school may ask you to provide more information and/or require you to take the English language test TOEFL.
· You will also need to provide proof of their CPR certification and/or ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification, as well.
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 NE you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Nebraska?
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?
No, usually you don’t. There are many students who takes the National Registry exam for EMTs, pass it successfully, and immediately enroll into a paramedic program without ever riding in an ambulance. Some programs do however recommend students have EMT experience, as they believe it serves the students better both in class and in the field.
Remember that experience does not necessarily mean paid job experience. Many student gain valuable experience by volunteering.
How long will it take me to become a paramedic?
This is harder to quantify, especially since Nebraska follows a more competency-based curriculum rather than counting or tracking hours. Though typically, you can expect to participate in a program anywhere from six months to two years.
Understand that training to become a paramedic can, in many ways, feel like a full-time job to some students. Every school is a bit different, but if you attend Creighton University, for example, their program breaks down roughly like this: 600 hours (didactic), 200 hours (clinical) and 450 hours (field internship).
How much will a paramedic training program cost?
The cost of a program ranges from school to school, and certainly state to state. But typically, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 for a paramedic program. Tuition costs can certainly exceed this amount, however.
At Creighton University, you can expect to pay over $8,000 for tuition.
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
Nebraska has no state exam, which means that once you successfully complete the NREMT-P exam, you simply apply to the state (and show proof of your National Registry license) and you will be issued a Nebraska license.
Remember, this is an important step that must be done, because in order to work in NE as a paramedic, you need to have a Nebraska license. Simply having your NR license is not sufficient.
As for re-licensure, the National Registry requires you to renew your license every two years (unless you intentionally opt to let it lapse). In Nebraska, you must renew your license every two years as well.
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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