Paramedic is the top level of EMT and involves a large amount of training in advanced life support (ALS) practices.
The following is a list of requirements you will need to satisfy prior to becoming a licensed Paramedic in the State of Connecticut:
Find a local approved training facility and register for the Paramedic training. At a minimum you will have to complete the Paramedic certificate program, but you should also note that there are degree programs available that build upon the certificate. A degree is not necessary for becoming a Paramedic, but if you ever wanted to become an instructor, it would be advisable to do the degree.
Prior to contacting the training facility you should get proof of immunization and verify with the training facility what other immunizations you will need prior to registring.
It is very important that you only register for an approved training program at a state approved facility.
For a full list of approved training providers see here: http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/ems/pdf/course_list_070212.pdf
Due to the long duration and intense content, paramedic courses do not come cheap. While prices vary between facilities an applicant should expect to pay $4,000 to $10,000.
In order to submit an application an applicant must do the following:
1) Complete the application form (http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/ems/pdf/paramedic_app.pdf), add a photo and get it notarized.
2) Bring the application to your EMT training provider
3) Upon successful completion of the training and related exams your instructor will complete the application and send it back to the OEMS
4) Include payment of initial certification fee of $150 (certified check or money order)
Paramedic license applicants must pass the NREMT exams, which are made up of two parts, a written cognitive exam and a psychomotor exam. For the written exam an applicant will need to register with the NREMT (http://www.nremt.org) and pay the $110 application fee. When the applicant is ready to take the exam they will need to get in touch with Pearson Vue (http://www.vue.com) who provide the computer based testing for the NREMT exam.
For the psychomotor examination you should check with your Paramedic training provider whether they are able to provide such certification in conjunction with the Paramedic course. Alternatively contact your local EMS Agency for details about test schedules. Note that this exam tests the applicant for 12 separate skills and is likely to incur a fee by the training facility.
Once the applicant has received certification for both exams they will be issued with an NREMT certificate which is valid for 2 years; this certificate is needed for the state EMT license application and should be forwarded to the EMS Authority.
Knowing all these steps in advance will greatly help in planning your training and ensuring a quick and efficient process as possible.