When you successfully pass the Paramedic test, you are eligible to become a licensed Paramedic. This is the highest, most comprehensive level for an EMT. A Paramedic will often oversee pre-hospital care administered to an accident victim. You may give patients medicine both orally and intravenously at this level. You may also interpret electrocardiograms and perform highly advanced, life-saving techniques. Which techniques a Paramedic may perform often depends on the state in which he or she resides.
Prior to taking the Paramedic test, you must take the most advanced level of training courses in accordance with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. You must have a thorough understanding of both anatomy and physiology; therefore, coursework for becoming a paramedic may take up to 2 years to complete, and in some cases may require an associate’s degree from a technical school or community college. All 50 states require Paramedics to be licensed upon successful completion of the EMT training coursework and the examination. The Paramedic test is a multiple choice, computerized examination that is 80-150 questions in length. You have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete this test. The cost is a $110 nonrefundable fee. This fee is also non-transferable. Here are the topics to study, as well as each topic’s percentage of inclusion on the exam:
- Airway and Breathing, 18%
- Cardiology, 17.3%
- Trauma, 16.7%
- Medical, 15.3%
- Obstetrics and Pediatrics 16%
- Operations, 16.7%
In order to qualify to take the Paramedic test, you must be at least 18 years of age and have already obtained certification for the EMT and Advanced EMT levels. The time period between coursework and testing cannot exceed 2 years. CPR credentials must be obtained and verified prior to testing. You will also be required to pass a psychomotor exam, which will test your motor skills and ability to comprehend physical instructions. If you do not pass the Paramedic test on the first attempt, you may take the exam again in 2 weeks. You will have 6 opportunities to pass. After the third failed attempt, candidates are required to complete 48 hours of reformative training before retesting. After 6 failed attempts, the Paramedic coursework must be repeated in its entirety.
The psychomotor examination portion will cover these topics:
- Patient assessment trauma
- Ventilatory management
- Cardiac management
- IV Medication
- Oral Station