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From EMT to Paramedic with HCI College

From EMT to Paramedic HCI College

Are you ready to advance your career? You can go from EMT to Paramedic with HCI College. Your EMT training has already prepared you for a career as a Paramedic.

Now you will go in depth into Emergency Medical Services and learn advanced life-supporting techniques. The Paramedic program at HCI College can take you from EMT to Paramedic in a few short months!

The Path from EMT to Paramedic

Paramedics lead teams of EMTs and work alongside them. You may love your career as an EMT, but take a step up the career ladder by becoming a Paramedic. Paramedics do many of the same things as EMTs but at a higher level. They can also set up IV drips and administer medications. In addition to more responsibility, you might see a bump in pay when you go from EMT to Paramedic.

The Paramedic program at HCI College takes you on an intensive educational and training journey. Our graduates have a 94.2% success rate for passing the Paramedic exams for certification. Paramedic graduates from HCI College have a 91.6% job placement rate as of 2019. The program is comprehensive, practical, and thorough. You get the foundational knowledge you need and the hands-on experience to put your skills in practice. Your current career as an EMT also plays a role because you already have a knowledge base on which to build.

What You’ll Learn Going from EMT to Paramedic

You can complete the Paramedic program in as little as 12 months. Each semester is a lecture and lab combination course that builds on your knowledge and skills. In Paramedic I, you learn roles and responsibilities, medical legal issues, and well-being of the paramedic. Other topics covered in the first course are illness and injury prevention, ethics, medical terminology review, and patient assessment. Paramedic II covers a series of medical emergencies and how to respond with treatment for them. The Paramedic III course goes over more sensitive emergencies, like helping abuse and assault victims, hazardous material incidents, and assisting patients with special challenges.

Then you will have an externship for real-world experience. As an EMT, you already have an idea of what the job entails. You clock 94 hours of ride time between an ambulance and a hospital. Once you complete the program, you can sit for the Florida Paramedic exam or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam.

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