Depends. Can you get a better paying job as an AEMT to help pay for paramedic school? Are you the type of person that learns better in the classroom, or do you need real world experience to help those lessons sink in?
For the most part, I agree. If the end goal is Paramedic and the state/local system allows for an EMT to go directly to Paramedic and skip the AEMT, then skip AEMT and go to Paramedic. Here's my own caveat: An EMT should have at least some experience doing patient care before making the leap to Paramedic because it's not easy to have to learn how to be an EMT while also learning how to be a Paramedic at the same time. An incoming Paramedic student should at least have good familiarity with doing basic stuff first. It also ensures that you know that you're actually into doing the job. It truly isn't a good day when you go from EMT school to Paramedic school and find out during an internship that you really don't like doing hands-on patient care. Same for nursing school for that matter... someone going into that field should have some direct patient care experience (doesn't have to be nursing) for the same reason.Even if you can get a better job as an AEMT during medic school, many advanced programs are a semester long which will delay you starting medic school. I do not think it is necessary to be an AEMT before medic school.