If you’re looking for a career that means something in the big picture, Emergency Medical Services will make a difference for you — and all the people you help along the way.
It is possible to have a career that is rewarding, reliable, and financially sweet. Now is the perfect time to do something about it.
Not everybody has what it takes to be an EMT or a paramedic. First-responders are special. They’re often the first on the scene of an emergency. They are the ones who respond to 911 emergency calls.
If you decide to become one, you’ll administer treatment to injured or ill people and transport those people to a nearby medical facility.
As an EMT or paramedic, you will have to carry some stress. It is demanding work — physically and mentally. But if you like an adrenaline rush, your work will be really rewarding.
You’ll have to deal with people in life-or-death situations. You might be indoors, outdoors, depending on the day — and in all sorts of situations and weather conditions.
All EMTs and paramedics have to complete a formal training program. We prepare EMTs and paramedics to be licensed and ready to meet Michigan’s requirements.
EMTs and paramedics make in the neighborhood of $30,000 per year. National stats show the field including EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent between now and 2020 — that’s much faster than the average for all other fields. For details, visit www.bls.gov.
You have three options related to EMS, EMT, and Paramedic education at Kirtland:
EMS Associates Degree: Combines general education courses, EMT and Paramedic components to give you the most complete (highest level/highest pay potential) of the three options.
EMT: This is a starting point. It gets you in the door, but you’ll need more certification to get a better job and better pay even though you still will be considered a first responder. EMT is built into the EMS degree. You do have a choice to complete only this component, but you should dream big and go for the whole ball of wax.
Paramedic: Basically this is step two toward earning your EMS degree. If you already have your EMT certification, you only have to complete a few general ed courses and the Paramedic portion to qualify to test for this additional certification … and start making more money! Again, take time to consider the benefits of a full EMS degree.
Both of our EMT and Paramedic components are included and required for an EMS degree, as are a handful of general ed requirements like math and English, but you can take the single components if you only are looking to qualify to take the certification exam through the National Registry.
No matter how you slice it, you’re going to be prepared to be a critical member in the demanding public safety field. It makes all the sense in the world to make this happen at Kirtland. Keep that dream alive. Take charge of your future — and make a difference.