How To Become A Paramedic In Alabama

How To Become A Paramedic In Alabama

Levels of EMT

EMT-Basic
EMT-Intermediate/85: requires 200-300 hours of training. Allows for IV therapy, endotracheal intubation, use of airway devises, etc. Allowed to use the same medications as EMT-B (oxygen administration, oral glucose, activated charcoal, epinephrine auto injectors, nitroglycerine, metered-dose inhalers)
EMT-Intermediate/99: requires 300-400 hours of training consisting of classroom, clinical and field time. Allows for advanced airway management, cardiac rhythm interpretation and treatment (use of defribrillators), needle decompression of tension pneumothorax, use of cardiac event monitors, administration of certain medications and drugs
EMT-Paramedic
*Note no new EMT-I licenses granted or reciprocated, however previous intermediates can renew licenses*

National Registry State

Yes

Requirements

    • At least 18 years old
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Current driver’s license
    • Drug screening and criminal background check
    • Must successfully complete basic cardiac life support certification within 12 months
    • Physical examination by licensed medical doctor with an opinion on prospective student’s emotional and physical abilities to carry out the job duties
    • Up-to-date immunizations
    • Liability and accident insurance
    • Must be able to walk, crawl, climb, bend, push, pull, or lift and balance over less than ideal terrain
    • Must have good physical stamina/endurance and would not be adversely affected by having to lift or carry in excess of 125 lbs
    • Must have good vision (at least 20/20 correctable in one eye) and able to see different colour spectrums
    • Must be able to work a shift of 12-24 hours in length
    • Must be able to tolerate extremes in weather, hazardous fumes, and noise
    • Must have good coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate equipment, instruments, and medications
    • Must be able to send and receive verbal messages as well as competently operate communications equipment
    • Must be capable of collecting facts, organizing data accurately, and communicating clearly either orally or in writing
    • Must be capable of performing mathematical calculations at a 9th grade level or higher
    • Must be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings in human physical conditions by using their senses (sight, sound, smell, and touch)
    • Must be able to make good decisions and proper judgment under stressful situations
    • Must possess sufficient emotional stability to be able to perform duties in life or death situations
    • Must be able to handle stress and work well in a team environment

 

Length of License

EMT-B: 2 years
EMT-I: 2 years
EMT-P: 2 years

National Registry Notes:

Alabama currently does not test for EMT-I

License Maintenance Requirements

• EMT-B: 24 hours of continuing education related to any EMS topic obtained during license cycle
– Full Protocol Certificate dated 2009 or 2010 for EMT Protocol Review with scope of practice
– Protocol Update Certificate dated 2010 for review of changes to full protocols
– Approved CPR course and official typed CPR card
• EMT-I: 36 hours of continuing education related to any EMS topic obtained during license cycle
– Full Protocol Certificate dated 2009 or 2010 for EMT Protocol Review with a skills and scenario verification certificate
– Protocol Update Certificate dated 2010 for review of changes to full protocols
– Approved CPR course and official typed CPR card
• EMT-P: 48 hours of continuing education related to any EMS topic obtained during license cycle
– Full Protocol Certificate dated 2009 or 2010 for EMT Protocol Review with a skills and scenario verification certificate
– Protocol Update Certificate dated 2010 for review of changes to full protocols
– Approved CPR Course and official typed CPR card

Continuing Education Requirements by Level

Total Hours:
EMT-B: 24
EMT-I: 36
EMT-P: 48

Regulating State Agency

Alabama Department of Public Health
http://www.adph.org/ems/Default.asp?id=4907

Scope of Practice

Scope of Practice is dictated by the Alabama State Board of Health.

Special Certifications

No

Reciprocity

EMT-B: NREMT-B
EMT-I: not available
EMT-P: NREMT-P, written exam

Costs

EMT-B: $80
EMT-I: No new licenses issued ($10 for renewal)
EMT-P: $120

Educational Requirements

Completion of NREMT-B/P course and exam.

Accredited Schools for 2013

  • Alabama Fire College – Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Beville State Community College – Sumiton, AL
  • Bishop State Community College – Mobile, AL
  • Calhoun Community College – Decatur, AL
  • Central Alabama Community College – Childersburg, AL
  • Chattahoochee Valley Community College – Phoenix City, AL
  • Enterprise State Community College – Enterprise, AL
  • Faulkner State Community College – Gulf Shores, AL
  • Gadsden State Community College-McClellan Centre – Anniston, AL
  • Gadsden State Community College – Gadsden, AL
  • Herzing University – Birmingham, AL
  • Jefferson Davis Community College – Brewton, AL
  • Jefferson State Community College – Birmingham, AL
  • Lawson State Community College – Birmingham, AL
  • Lurleen B. Wallace Community College – Andalusia, AL
  • Northeast Alabama Community College – Rainsville, AL
  • Northwest-Shoals Community College – Muscle Shoals, AL
  • Shelton State Community College – Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Southern Union Community College – Opelika, AL
  • H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College – Montgomery, AL
  • Tri-State Institute – Birmingham, AL
  • University of South Alabama-Brookley Field – Mobile, AL
  • The University of West Alabama – Livingston, AL
  • Wallace State Community College – Dothan, AL
  • Hanceville Campus – Hanceville, AL

As of 08/01/2011

Stats

The total number of EMT’s working in Alabama is approximately 3,230

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