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The Fall 2020 KPC Paramedic Program will be offered in a blended format!
Students will meet online Wednesday evenings via video conference from 6-9 pm. Labs will be either face-to-face, Tuesdays/Thursday from 9 am-1 pm, or two weeklong intensives per 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.
|National Registry Written Exam||100% pass rate|
|National Registry Psychomotor Exam||100% pass rate|
|Program Completion||88.9% program completion|
|Positive Job Placement||100% are employed in the paramedic or healthcare field|
(based on the 2018 CoAEMSP annual report)
The University of Alaska Anchorage Paramedic Program delivered at Kenai Peninsula College has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, but it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.
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