Emergency Medial Services…A fast paced, challenging and rewarding career.
Prehospital emergency medical care is a challenging and exciting profession. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs), Advanced EMTs and paramedics.
Emergency medical services (EMS) professionals may work at any of four different levels: First responder, EMT–basic, EMT–intermediate, and Paramedic. Upon successful completion of training, students are eligible for employment in many types of emergency medical systems nationwide—in fire departments, municipal services, private ambulance services, federal services, industry, hospital emergency departments, and hospital-based ambulance systems. The demand for EMS professionals is increasing.
Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement
Formal training and certification is needed to become an EMT, AEMT or paramedic. All 50 states have a certification procedure. In most states and the District of Columbia, registration with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) is required at some or all levels of certification. Other states administer their own certification examination or provide the option of taking the NREMT examination to maintain certification. EMS providers must re-certify, usually every two years. In order to re-certify, an individual must be working as an EMS provider and fulfill a continuing-education requirement.
STEMI offers educational programs at the EMT and Advanced EMT level. Successful completion of our EMS programs will allow for certification/licensure testing at the national level with the NREMT. At each EMS program level, students gain additional knowledge and skills to enable them to function in the clinical and field settings with nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. In classes, students learn about anatomy and physiology, the pathophysiology of diseases, traumatic injuries, pharmacology, and cardiac care. Students acquire skills through laboratory practice, clinical experience in hospitals, and field experience with ambulance services throughout the area.
Employment, of emergency medical services professionals, is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth and urbanization will increase the demand for full-time, paid emergency medical technicians and paramedic
In addition, a large segment of the population—the aging baby boomers—will further spur demand for EMT services as they become more likely to have medical emergencies. There will still be demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and small metropolitan areas. In addition to those arising from job growth, openings will occur because of replacement needs; some workers leave the occupation because of stressful working conditions, limited potential for advancement, and the modest pay and benefits in private-sector jobs.
Most opportunities for EMTs and paramedics are expected to be found in private ambulance services. Competition will be greater for jobs in local government, including fire, police, and independent, third-party rescue squad departments, in which salaries and benefits tend to be slightly better. Opportunities will be best for those who have advanced certifications, such as EMT–intermediate and paramedic, as clients and patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital.
Job prospects in the Treasure Valley area are occasionally limited, but nationwide there is faster-than-average job growth with many opportunities for persons seeking entry-level positions.
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