This program is designed to provide the training necessary for successful completion of the requirements for Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P), to enable the student to take the National Registry of EMTs Paramedic Exam, and, if successful, to obtain an Alabama license. The length of the program is four semesters.
Applicants must be 18 years old, possess a GED or high school diploma and complete all general college application requirements. Applicants must comply with the Essential Functions of the program and provide a current (within the last 6 months) physical exam including up-to-date immunizations. Upon entry into the program the student must provide verification of current health insurance. Applicants must adhere to the Alabama Department of Public Health Administrative Code, Chapter 420-2-1.
Most job openings will occur because of this occupation's substantial replacement needs. Employment of EMT's is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations for the next several years. Driving the growth will be an expanding population. Also, the number of older people, who are more likely to need emergency services is increasing rapidly. Another driving force is a shortage of EMTs/Paramedics as the first generation of providers are retiring. Competition for jobs will be keen in fire, police and rescue departments because of attractive pay and benefits and good job security.