What is a Paramedic and What Does a Paramedic Do?
A Paramedic is the highest trained pre-hospital health care
professional. In addition to the basic training and skills of the EMT-B,
the paramedic is trained in advanced patient assessment, trauma
management, pharmacology and cardiology. This training includes advanced
skills in intubation, cardiac monitoring, defibrillation, intravenous
therapy, drug administration and specialized rescue techniques.
Paramedic training is not limited to the above but provides some idea of
the scope of training.
About the Course
The St.Vincent Hospitals and Health Services paramedic course exceeds
the guidelines established by the US Department of Transportation and
is approved by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The course
is approximately 1,100 hours and takes an average of 12 to 15 months to
complete. The course includes didactic instruction and clinical
experiences in the hospital and an ambulance internship. The internet is
also used for academic review, skill and clinical tracking.
Course content includes, but is not limited to, modules in the following areas:
- Roles and responsibilities of the EMT-P
- Anatomy and physiology
- Medical terminology
- Cardiovascular pathophysiology
- Cardiac arrhythmia's
- Central Nervous System
- Trauma Management
- Medical emergencies
- Psychiatric emergencies
Hospital clinical experiences include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Emergency Department
- Labor and Delivery
- Newborn Intensive Care
- Respiratory Therapy and Intensive Care
- Ambulance internship is provided on hospital-sponsored medic units
For consideration in this competitive program, applicants must be
currently certified in Indiana as an EMT-B, complete, return the course
application and required documents, and successfully complete each part
of the entrance testing process.
Program tuition is currently $4,100.00 and a $500.00 deposit is
required to hold the spot upon acceptance into the program. Uniforms
and textbooks are the responsibility of the student, and internet access
is required as well.
Upon successful completion of the course the student is eligible to
take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examination
and receive Indiana certification as a paramedic. Application for the
state certification is dependent upon passing this examination.
What Opportunities are Available for a Certified Paramedic?
Employment opportunities exist with ambulance services, fire and police
departments, hospital emergency departments and doctors' offices.
The next Paramedic Course begins January 2011. The application
process begins August 2010. For more information please contact Kathi
Ricketts at KARicket@stvincent.org.