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Partnership between NMC & Munson results in a new paramedic program.

Paramedic Degrees

Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and Munson Regional EMS have partnered to offer an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) with a Paramedic focus. All general education classes are offered at NMC. All paramedic classes are offered through Munson Regional EMS. It is designed so students can transfer 43 paramedic credits from Munson Regional EMS to NMC. Once an additional 18 or more general education credits are completed as identified in the NMC program map, the student will earn an AAS – Paramedic.

About Paramedic Careers

Working in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is interesting, exciting and rewarding. Treating victims of sudden illness or injury in the pre-hospital and inter-hospital environment is challenging and requires a strong educational background to succeed. People’s lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care.

Paramedic careers may be found with ambulance services, fire departments and hospitals as well as the expanding field of “community Paramedics”.

Paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities. When taking a patient to a hospital, one EMT or paramedic may drive the ambulance while another monitors the patient's vital signs and gives additional care. Some paramedics work as part of a helicopter's flight crew to transport critically ill or injured patients to a hospital.

EMTs and paramedics also transport patients from one medical facility to another. Some patients may need to be transferred to a hospital that specializes in treating their injury or illness or to a facility that provides long-term care, such as a nursing home.

Paramedics provide more extensive pre-hospital care than do EMTs. In addition to being able to carry out the tasks of EMTs, paramedics can give medications orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs) — used to monitor heart function — and use other monitors and complex equipment.

Job outlook

According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, or acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. Demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas will also continue.

Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increase in the number of age-related health emergencies, such as heart attacks or strokes. This, in turn, will create greater demand for EMTs and paramedic services. An increase in the number of specialized medical facilities will require more EMTs and paramedics to transfer patients with specific conditions to these facilities for treatment.

According to the 2013 Northwest Lower Michigan Wage Survey, the median wage for paramedics is $18.50 an hour.

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