Finding a good paramedic school can be difficult. Know what you are looking for before you start your search, and soon you will locate the paramedic school that's right for you. Read on to learn how to find a paramedic school.

Keep in mind that paramedic schools are usually run by hospitals or community colleges. Find a paramedic school by calling around the local hospitals and colleges in your area.

To find a paramedic school, consider asking paramedics at the fire departments and ambulance companies in your area where they went to school.

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When you find a paramedic school, ask about admission requirements. Requirements differ between schools.

Ask the paramedic school how long classes run. Paramedic school can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the curriculum.

Ask the paramedic school for references. Alumni should be able to help you decide if this is the right school for you.

Tips

  • No matter where you decide to go to paramedic school, you will need to be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) first. EMT school takes a few months, compared to paramedic school which can take up to two years to complete.

Things Needed

  • Local hospitals
  • Community colleges

About the Author

Audrey Esposito is a retired firefighter/paramedic in suburban Chicago. She is a hospital paramedic educator and quality coordinator, writing professionally since 1984. Esposito has written for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, "Fire Apparatus" magazine, "Fire Chief" magazine and several other publications. She holds a Master of Science in management/organizational behavior from Benedictine University.