What motivates you to be a paramedic?

The three ‘very important’ motivating factors for students to choose to study a career in paramedicine are ‘wanting to help people’, ‘saving lives’ and ‘exciting career’. Paramedics, along with other health professionals, are motivated to study their chosen career for very similar intrinsic reasons.

Why is paramedic school hard?

It takes a lot to get through paramedic training because it is a tough job that requires physical stamina, calmness under pressure, medical knowledge, the ability to make quick decisions, and the compassion to be kind to patients even in tough situations.

What is the hardest part of paramedic school?

We asked our Facebook fans what part of paramedic training they found most difficult. Some said they had a difficult time learning how to study and take tests, being confident in themselves, intravenous access training and developing patient rapport.

Is paramedic school easy?

In summary, paramedic school is challenging, time intensive, and will never prepare you for all the scenarios that you may encounter in your career. However, it is something well worth doing.

Is paramedic a hard job?

But being a paramedic comes with its own challenges. Every call out is a new experience and we need to be as skilled as possible. It requires a lifetime commitment to learning. Some situations will stick with you, particularly when they involve families or vulnerable people, and learning to deal with this can be hard.

Is becoming a paramedic worth it?

Becoming a paramedic can prove to be a highly rewarding and door-opening career path. Paramedics serve a vital role in healthcare because of their ability to show compassion, safely transport patients to a hospital, and provide first aid during medical emergencies.

What do I Wish I knew before paramedic school?

Do not let other horror stories keep you from pursuing paramedic school if it is something you really want to do. In fact, I wish I had completed the program much earlier. Many who consider themselves poor test-takers may also enter a paramedic program with a lot of fear.

Is it better to go to paramedic school or EMT school?

It’s much more of a time commitment than EMT school was, but in return, you’ll learn valuable skills, receive a substantial pay increase, and earn more responsibility in the field of patient care. Each school will have its own requirements, but you’ll need the following to get into most paramedic programs:

Are there any Ivy League schools for paramedics?

There’s no formal ranking of paramedic schools, and no “Ivy League” schools of EMS. Some programs have a higher national registry pass exam rate and post-grad hiring rate than others, but all paramedic curriculums must meet the official paramedic education standards outlined by the NREMT.

Can a paramedic work in the back of an ambulance?

The field internship will have you working in the back of an ambulance with paramedic (or firefighter-paramedic) preceptors. After you’ve passed all sections of your course, you’ll be eligible to take the NREMT and become officially certified as a paramedic.