Paramedic certificate programs

NightShift

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Apologies if this question is in the wrong place/inappropriate etc as it isn't SOF-related

Background: Initially upon joining this site I was a 68W in the reserves due to separate and was exploring the possibility of reupping either CA or SF with the desire to stay medical. However, a few months ago a friend in the guard tipped me off to a flight medic opening and I jumped at the opportunity. Spoke to the training NCO today and he informed me that the EMT-P program the Army used at UTSA did not have their contract with the renewed but that the unit could send me to any program provided it was < 14 months and CAAHEP accredited.

My question: Can anyone vouch for any programs that meet the requirements? I have found a variety around the country but am looking specifically for recommendations/ good experiences.

Thank you in advance.
 

medicchick

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That honestly made me look my old school up to see how long the course was. It seemed much longer at times and yet shorter then 16 months.
 

Duke

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Any chance they’d be willing to send you to SOCM? It’s probably more expensive, has limited slots for non-SOF, and definitely has a much lower pass rate than other schools... but if you’re confident, in 9 months you’ll get your NREMT-P and ATP, plus so much more if you graduate. Then, if you ever decide to go active you’ll likely be attractive to the 160th if you like the work as a flight medic. Not sure about the whole CAAHEP thing though.
 
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NightShift

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@Duke - SOCM would be awesome but for the reasons you listed I think a spot would be untenable.

I reached out to the folks at the Fayetteville Technical CC / Womac AMC program and they replied this morning saying guard guys were eligible to attend so I think this may be my best bet.

@medicchick was that a A.A program? Thats where most programs by me are moving toward.
 

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Nope tech school in Michigan. The founder is/was a Navy Reserve Corpsman and didn't like that the only option was an A.A. program that didn't get you in an ambulance until the school work was done in 2 years. He wanted a more hands on program so he started one. I was in the 2nd or 3rd class to graduate.

EMT Training
 

NightShift

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Ahh ok.

Not to get too off topic but I successfully navigated a course that was offered by the hospital I currently work for in 2012. Found out I was deploying half way through and fortunately our program coordinator was a vet and really bent over backwards to make sure I’d have all my hours in time. I was at mob site at bliss when I found out I passed the final and when I got back I found out I was ineligible to sit for national registry because it had been a year. Anyway, the hospital ended up scrapping the program (along with their certificate RN program) for financial reasons which is why I think most are moving away from certificate to associates programs. It’s a shame because most people who finished the course ended up working in the system and developed excellent rapport with the nursing staff since we did all our clinicals with them. But $$ makes the world go ‘round, right?
 

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@NightShift my program made me a 1-year wonder, but it's no longer around (FWIW, it was UNC Hospitals at UNC-CH). In one year it exceeded state and national requirements in clinical and didactic, and for a part-time program it was a ball-buster. All that is to say, I believe there are still programs like that. I would also say SOCM is first choice, but if you like I can look into it. I know people.
 

NightShift

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@Devildoc - I spoke to my unit this morning and mentioned SOCM but they preferred I attended the FTCC/WAMC program. I'm assuming the cost / no justification for sending a non-SOF soldier to a SOF school- which I totally understand.

Does the SOCM course ever permit non-SOF attendees? Happy to continue via PM if you feel is more appropriate. Thank you very much for reaching out!
 

NightShift

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@Duke - good to know, thank you!

I'll post an update re: what my unit decides just in case anyone else is in the same boat.

Thank you ladies and gents for your time/info!
 

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Update:

My unit decided to send me to the FTCC/Womack program. Critical care course will be either at Fort Sam or Rush U in Chicago. Heading down to Bragg shortly. If anyone has any questions about the program I'd be glad to answer once I get settled.

Thanks again!
 
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