Unlike many states, all paramedic programs in Utah are required to be affiliated with a university.
Paramedic Training in Utah
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
Dixie State College of Utah – St. George, UT
225 South 700 East
Taylor Bldg #250
St. George, UT – 84770
Unified Fire Authority – Salt Lake City, UT
3380 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT – 84119
Utah Valley University – Provo, UT
3131 Mike Jense Parkway
Provo, UT 84601
Weber State University – Ogden, UT
Emergency Care and Rescue Dept
3902 University Circle
Ogden, UT – 84408
Paramedic Program Requirements in Utah
· You will need to be 18 years old. You will also need to be a high school graduate or have your GED. It is possible, however, for some high school students to take an EMT class and receive college credit for it.
· You will need to have your EMT certification.
· You will also need to have proper CPR certification and, in many cases, have completed anatomy and physiology courses, as well. Depending on the program, an ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification is required, too.
· Each paramedic program requires different things from their prospective students. Immunizations are certainly required (due to clinical rotations), and depending on where you apply, you might also need to provide proof of citizenship. 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.
· You will want to make sure that whichever paramedic training program in Utah you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Utah?
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?
This really depends state-to-state and program-to-program. Overall, in Utah, experience as an EMT is definitely a plus.
At Dixie State College of Utah, for example, students are encouraged to have one year of experience, with about six months of that experience spent on an ambulance truck.
At the University of Utah, preference is given to those students who have experience and hold Advanced EMT certification.
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.
In 2011, the typical cost for core paramedic education at Weber State University was approximately $4,500 for the two semester day course and $8,282.00 for the four semester evening course.
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.org) 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
After you successfully pass the NREMT-P exams, you will then be able to become certified with the State of Utah. Both your National Registry certification and your state certification will come at the successful completion of your paramedic course, with the latter allowing you to work in the state.
National Registry certification lasts for two years, while Utah certification lasts four years.
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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