ALS programs near the Eastern Shore of MD

rescue1

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Hi y'all,

I am currently looking to upgrade my EMT-B to a -P in preparation to leave college and enter real life. I'm seeing if anyone had any experience with the CRT-I and EMT-P programs on/near Maryland's Eastern Shore. I've looked at Anne Arundel and Chesapeake Community College, and I hear Cecil County is beginning a program as well. There's also Good Fellowship Ambulance, in West Chester PA, which is near my original home but kinda far from my college in Chestertown.

My main issue is I'd like to be able to take these classes concurrently with my senior year of college, and (given that these programs are more then a year) hopefully concurrently with a job after graduation.

So...any experience with these programs/other programs? Advice, ridicule, etc?
Thanks
 

JJR512

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Over several years ago the Anne Arundel Community College program had a bad reputation but they've really fixed it, and for the last several years it has been a pretty decent program, from what I've heard. I know several people that have taken it successfully, including at least one member of this forum.

I have no knowledge of the program at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, but if they have one, obviously it's a lot closer to where you are if you're in Chestertown. It's about 23 miles from Chestertown to Chesapeake College vs. about 47 miles to Anne Arundel Community College, not to mention the fact that you'll need to take the bridge and all that that entails.

Here's a link to the EMS program at Chesapeake College; I don't really know what to look for in terms of accreditation or anything like that in evaluating if it's a good program or not, so maybe someone else can review it and let you know: http://www.chesapeake.edu/alliedhealth/ems/
 
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rescue1

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The distance to AACC isn't that big of an issue...I'll be allowed to take a utility there so I won't be paying for gas, and I already communte to Millersville for my Fire I class.
I know for Chesapeake I'll have to take 1 year of CRT first, then take a second year to go from I to P. AACC is 1.5 years to go from B to P, but I'm not sure if missing out by loosing the semester there.
 

JJR512

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The distance to AACC isn't that big of an issue...I'll be allowed to take a utility there so I won't be paying for gas, and I already communte to Millersville for my Fire I class.
I know for Chesapeake I'll have to take 1 year of CRT first, then take a second year to go from I to P. AACC is 1.5 years to go from B to P, but I'm not sure if missing out by loosing the semester there.

You don't have to take the CRT program first then the -I to -P program. You can just take the straight EMT-B to EMT-P program:
The Certificate in Emergency Medical Services program is offered over five semesters (18 months) and provides an opportunity for EMT Basic certified individuals to acquire the paramedic skills necessary to sit for the national certification and state protocol examinations for paramedics.
That's a quote from the page I linked to earlier. That's about roughly equivalent to the certificate program at AACC. http://www.aacc.edu/emt/emt_couseseqemtp.cfm

Keep in mind when they're talking about how many semesters the program will take, they do not include any prerequisites. You may already have them so it may not be an issue for you.
 
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rescue1

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That is fantastic, I completely missed that program. I don't have the bio prereq yet, though, so I'll have to fiddle around and see if this helps me.
 

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