Released: January 22, 2016
Santa Fe Community College’s Emergency Medical Services Institute is accepting Paramedic Training Program applications through April 1 for the year-long certificate program that starts June 6.
“SFCC graduates consistently beat the national pass rate for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification, and have found themselves easily employed in the region as paramedics,” SFCC Emergency Medical Services Institute Director Sahaj Khalsa said.
An aging population requires expanded health services, and emergency medical services is one of the faster growing professions in the country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 23 percent increase in demand by 2022.
In addition to meeting the needs of the community for emergency medical services, paramedics fill the need for medical personnel in other areas. These jobs are well paid and in high demand. “Paramedics are serving an increasing number of roles in the community,” Khalsa said. “Doctors’ offices, health clinics, industrial healthcare and other settings are finding they can hire a paramedic for positions they can’t find RNs for.”
Applicants must be a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and up-to-date with their certifications. Applications for the program will be accepted through April 1. The application fee is $24 and is non-refundable. Entrance to the program is competitive. All applications will be reviewed and those who have the minimum qualifications will be invited to take the test. Testing is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at SFCC. The tests include a computer-based exam on Emergency Medical Technician knowledge, an interview and brief scenarios to demonstrate applicant’s grasp and understanding of EMT-level material. After the exams are graded and ranked, the top 18 candidates will be offered positions in the program; they will be notified by April 18. Candidates will have until April 29 to accept, after which the position will be offered to the next qualified candidate. Classes for the year-long program begin June 6, with graduation slated for July, 2017.
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