PARAMEDIC (NRP)
 

PARAMEDIC             

SPONSOR: Chatham County Paramedic Consortium   

LOCATION: Folkston, GA  - map

** 1,112 hour Blended Paramedic Program              

 Shift Friendly – Class meets every third day. When class falls on Saturday or Sunday the student will not come to the campus but instead complete online assignments and complete online quizzes or exams.  (24 hrs per month)

  • START DATE:  May 24, 2017

  • END DATE:       February 2017

  • LOCATION:       Folkston, GA  

  • CLASS DAYS:    Varies - Every 3rd Day

  • CLASS TIMES:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • EMS & Hospital Clinical Rotations: Varies – 352 hours

  • EMS Lead Paramedic with Preceptor: Varies – 48 hours

  • National Registry Exam: TBD

** A "Blended Paramedic Program" is one that utilizes alternative delivery methods and special online programs that require the student to have a regular means of accessing the internet in order to complete various assignments and complete online quizzes and exams. Students that do not have regular access to the internet should elect to take the "Traditional" Paramedic program which is classroom based, instructor driven, education with no computer/internet requirement outside the classroom.

Prerequisite - EMT 

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Rescue Training Inc conducts a Paramedic Program sponsored by the Chatham County Paramedic Consortium (CCPC)

PARAMEDIC ACCREDITATION

What are challenges you may face while in paramedic school?

Paramedic students have reported struggling with:

Time management. Each week, you’re going to have to go to class (16 hours), study (suggested: 6 hours), go to clinical rotations at various sites (8 - 36 hours), and probably juggle a job on top of that. Be prepared to put your social life on the backburner and cut out the nonessentials. Paramedic school is not the time to make life-altering decisions such as moving or getting married.

Cardiology. Know how to read an EKG and be able to identify common rhythms. The most commonly recommended resource is Dale Dubin’s Rapid Interpretation of EKGs, but you can also watch YouTube videos to help learn your rhythms.

Drugs and pharmacology. During your clinicals and field internships, you’re not going to be expected to have the scene control of a ten-year paramedic. You will, however, be expected to know your medications forwards and backwards. Flashcards will help you memorize actions, indications, doses, and contraindications.

People skills. If you chose to enter paramedic school without any street experience as an EMT, you might be shy around patients and hospital personnel. This is something you have to get over. Paramedic instructors will help you out if you ask, but you must ask.

As an EMS student, paramedic school will test the limits of your ability. Since it’s such a large commitment, it’s important to know the difference between what’s required by the program and what you can personally deliver, and then to take the steps necessary to close that gap.

About the author

EMS 101 articles are intended to educate a non-emergency medical services audience about the emergency medical services profession. These articles are written by EMS1 staff members and EMS1 contributors, and cover a wide range of topics from EMS protocols all paramedics & EMTs should follow to an overview of the necessary requirements for becoming a paramedic.

 

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