Friday, December 7th, 2012

How to Become a Paramedic


Each province has a regulatory board you will need to be certified by.

If you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding career, becoming a paramedic is a great choice. Now is the time to get trained, as the demand for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 per cent between 2010 and 2020.

Your Day-to-Day Tasks Will Include:

  • Assessing the extent of injuries or medical illnesses of trauma victims and patients
  • Administering pre-hospital emergency care to patients
  • Establishing and maintaining intravenous treatment (IV)
  • Apply adjunctive equipment for ventilation and circulation complications
  • Administering medications and providing other advanced emergency treatment to patients
  • Documenting and recording the nature of injuries and illnesses and treatment provided
  • Assisting hospital personnel with provision of medical treatment, if necessary

Where to Study

You can get trained at schools like:

What Else Do I Need?

Each province has a regulatory board you will need to be certified by. Also, to drive the ambulance you might need a different class of licence.

Where the Jobs Are

You can find work as a paramedic nearly anywhere in Canada, especially with the expected job growth. Your education can also help you land roles such as ambulance attendant, critical care paramedic, emergency medical attendant (EMA), or emergency medical technician (EMT).

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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