EMT & Paramedic
The simple answer is that a Paramedic is someone who has achieved the highest level of EMT certification. So a Paramedic is an EMT but most EMTs are not paramedics.
Why Choose Guardian?
- Current EMTs can complete the paramedic program in as little as nine months with our Accelerated Day schedule, or in eleven months with the Evening schedule. This is not because you learn less than other programs; you just attend more class hours per week than at traditional colleges. We also don't require general education classes you don't need to be successful in your career.
- 75% of our paramedic graduates pass the National Registry exam on the first try. Overall, they have a 93% pass rate.
- Guardian paramedic graduates have a job placement rate of between 86% and 90%. Most are happy with their career choice and remain in the field for years.
- Guardian has a professional focus that begins on day one. This means you learn valuable career skills that set you apart from others. Many students are offered a job before they graduate.
- All of our instructors are working EMS professionals who bring their current practice into the classroom.
What is the difference between an EMT and a Paramedic?
Emergency Medical Services personnel are classified nationally by four levels: Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, and Paramedic. Each level of certification adds additional skills and responsibilities that are reflected in an provider's state license. States may also use their own classification system that differs from the national classifications. EMT courses are generally 150-200 hours. Paramedic programs typically consist of many courses completed over several semesters, and are generally at least 1200 hours. Paramedic students must have a valid EMT certification or state license to begin the higher level education program, and experience as an EMT is extremely helpful. EMTs often work as part of a team supporting more advanced medical professionals such as advanced EMTs or paramedics, nurses and other emergency medical providers. EMTs provide basic life support services such as patient assessment, CPR, and immobilization. Paramedics provide Advanced Life Support services, including administering drugs, IV lines, interpreting ECGs and inserting breathing tubes.
If you have some medical training or are highly motivated, you can complete Guardian College's EMT course in four weeks with our Accelerated Day schedule. For students needing a slower pace or who have work or family responsibilities, we recommend the Evening schedule, which covers the same material in about nine weeks. After you complete the course, you must complete written and practical exams for national certification. To get an Idaho state license, you must pass a background check and have an EMS agency declare their intention to hire you. Other states may have differing requirements, so check with each state's EMS Bureau for more information. The admissions process at Guardian College includes a background check, verification of immunizations, and other requirements that employers screen for, so you can be sure your education investment can pay off with a job opportunity.
First, you have to be an EMT (state licensed or nationally certified; see above.) Then, you should research license requirements in the states you are interested in working, as they have differing requirements. You should select a paramedic education program that is accredited by CAAHEP (see below) to ensure that your program has met independent quality standards. This will give you the most flexibility for job locations. If you are comparing schools, ask about:
- Total program cost and time to complete
- Pass rate for National Registry exams
- Graduation rate and job placement rate
- Graduate and employer satisfaction
Guardian College's EMT-Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions(CoAEMSP.) This program is also accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools(ACICS.)