Are you interested in a rewarding, challenging and fast-paced medical field that will always have job openings? One where you can make a difference in people’s lives? More than ever, the field of emergency medicine needs trained personnel for a wide variety of career paths.
EMT and paramedic training can be used in many careers where emergency medicine is required, including work in:
The biggest differences between emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics are education and training, as well as the scope of what they are allowed to do. EMTs usually receive about 200 hours of training, while paramedics receive more than 1,000 hours of training.
An EMT is the first level of EMS education. EMT training can lead to and is a necessary prerequisite to enter the Paramedic education program.
As a large segment of the population — aging members of the baby boom generation — becomes more likely to have medical emergencies, demand is increasing for EMTs and paramedics. Those with advanced education and certifications will have the most favorable job prospects, as patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital.
CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth increase of 29 percent for EMTs and paramedics, and 18 percent for firefighters, who often carry these certifications.
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Emergency Medical Services Education.
El Centro College offers a Paramedic certificate program for college credit, as well as a continuing education EMT certification.
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This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit
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