How to become a Paramedic in Alabama
If your goal is to become a paramedic in the state of Alabama it is important that you understand the federal and state requirements to hold such a position. Each state in the U.S. has different state level requirements and Alabama is no exception.
Federal requirements to become a paramedic are that a person must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or a GED and hold a current drivers license in the state that they are applying. That’s not too difficult, which is why each state has its own requirements.
State specific requirements for Alabama paramedics are a bit more in depth. Besides applicants meeting the federal requirements, potential paramedics are also required to complete the following:
- Complete an Alabama-approved training program. Information about the approved programs is available through the Alabama Department of Public Health. These programs are held throughout the state to make participation convenient for an aspiring paramedic.
- Register for and Pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam. The NREMT has strict guidelines and is dedicated to making sure that the paramedics that are registered across the country are the best available.
- Submit a completed EMS Personnel Application and pay all licensing or exam fees.
Alabama actually has 3 different levels of EMT certification with Paramedic being the highest. Paramedics in Alabama must complete initial training and continue to participate in refresher courses or continuing education programs in remain in their position as a paramedic.
Whether you apply as a Basic EMT, Intermediate EMT or Paramedic EMT you’ll have to complete the classes and obtain the certification. To advance from an Intermediate to a Paramedic you’ll have to obtain a whole new certification based on the results of your courses and exams. A Paramedic EMT has to show knowledge and expertise in providing advanced life support, calculating mathematical dosages of medications, administering medication and dealing with the high-stress pressure of saving lives. Because of the pressures of being a paramedic there are physical and emotional evaluations regularly in the state of Alabama, because the lives of other people depend on the abilities of the paramedic.
The challenge of providing out-of-hospital emergency care is a dangerous and often frightening situation. The state of Alabama wants to make sure that only the most qualified, most dedicated and most professional paramedics are out there taking care of the citizens of the state. Whether the situation is an in-home accident or a collision the paramedics who arrive will be qualified to handle any situation that arises until the patient can be transported to a medical care facility.