Paramedic Program Application
Paramedic Program Applications are open for the Fall 2022 Semester.
Looking for a career where no two days are the same? Can't imagine yourself sitting
behind a desk every day? Do you enjoy helping people but don't want to have a typical
8-5 job? Becoming a Paramedic may be the career for you.
What is a Paramedic, and what do they do?
Paramedics are the highest trained class of Emergency Medical Technicians working
in America. They are in-charge at the scene of an emergency and, when necessary, perform
critical life-saving procedures both on location and during transport of patients
to an Emergency Department. Paramedics can administer medications and perform other
life-saving procedures such as intubation, surgical airways, cardiac monitoring and
treatment of life-threatening rhythms with both medications and electricity.
Paramedics are trained to function independently and have standing orders for most
complaints seen in the field. Typical responses are for illnesses, such as a heart
attack, stroke, massive infections, diabetic emergency or even child birth. Traumatic
injuries require the paramedic to manage shock from blood loss with IV Fluids and
manage soft tissue injuries often seen in vehicle or industrial accidents.
Becoming a paramedic opens up a lot of opportunities to work on ambulances or within
the fire service. Paramedics also find employment at ski resorts, on cruise ships,
in the oil field, or on medical helicopters.
What characteristics do Paramedics need?
You must be able to solve problems and think on your feet in order to earn your certification
or license. Paramedics are trained to perform their duties professionally at all times;
even in the middle of the night when they’ve been on the job for 24 hours and haven’t
had much sleep.
All paramedics must be able to maintain their composure during extremely stressful
situations. This trait can be developed over time by honing their clinical skills,
building trust with partners and understanding how to roll with the punches at the
scene of an emergency.
How do I become a Paramedic at Kenai Peninsula College?
Paramedic school is no joke and requires a lot of self-motivation and drive. Before
entering school, you must get your EMT certificate (offered each semester) and apply
for program admission. Selected students will spend a full year in classroom, skills
labs, fire department ride-alongs, and hospital clinicals. The Capstone component
of the program is completed at large Advanced Life Support Services in the Lower-48
where the candidate spends 2-3 months in a working internship with licensed paramedic
educators performing all of the skills of a paramedic. The entire course takes approximately
a year to complete the paramedic certificate, or a little longer if you are going
to complete your AAS Degree in Paramedic Technology.
(based on the 2019 CoAEMSP annual report)
Paramedic Advisory Board
- Ex-offico (non-voting Members
Cheryl Siemers, College Director, KPC
William Cooper, MD, Medical Director, KPC
Paul Perry, Paramedic Program Director, KPC
Tiffani Perry, Clinical Coordinator, KPC/MSC
- Voting Members
Diane Bagley, Civilian Seat, Chair
David Wartinbee, PHD, JD, Honorary Seat, Vice Chair
Trent Burnett, Fire Chief, Nikiski Fire Department
Tony Prior, Fire Chief, Kenai Fire Department
Roy Browning, Fire Chief, MICP, Central Emergency Services
Chris Mickelson, MD, Director, Emergency Department, Central Peninsula Hospital
Shayne Pond, RN, Manager, Emergency Department, Central Peninsula Hospital
Terry Kadel, State of Alaska OEMS
Carson Cavner, AAS, NRP, Paramedic Graduate, KPC
Open, Current Paramedic Student, KPC
The KPC Associate of Applied Science Paramedic program exceeds Alaska and National
We are regionally accredited by: the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program.
The Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs
for the Emergency Medical Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088