Beta CCP-C Test

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No kidding. I already checked and there were only 3 time slots available on 2 dates or I'll be driving 90 minutes.
Truthfully, I can't resist the opportunity at a dad joke.

And yes, the fact that a Prometrics testing center finally offered the exam in my city, I very much appreciated.
 
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Wow, I totally missed the dad joke. I thought you made a typo and meant "is", haha!!!
 
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It's been over 72 hours and my eligibility number still doesn't work.
Same! I think I am around 48-72 hours. Had call Prometric and they said up to 3 days, but usually just 1 day they said. I am gonna call both Prometric and IBSC today. I wanted to take the test this week and afraid of limited times.
 

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Same! I think I am around 48-72 hours. Had call Prometric and they said up to 3 days, but usually just 1 day they said. I am gonna call both Prometric and IBSC today. I wanted to take the test this week and afraid of limited times.
We're you able to reach anyone? A holiday weekend is a terrible time to be in a situation that requires customer service.
 
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We're you able to reach anyone? A holiday weekend is a terrible time to be in a situation that requires customer service.
Closed on weekends. >:d
 

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@Aprz I emailed the registration coordinator at IBSC on Saturday and she replied back today that she's working on getting a new ID from the Prometric rep. Might be the fastest option.
 
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I sent an e-mail to Ashley Roy, I don't know their position, and they are issuing me a new elgibility number. It's funny that I am kinda in a rush to take the test, but won't get results for awhile anyways.
 

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I sent an e-mail to Ashley Roy, I don't know their position, and they are issuing me a new elgibility number. It's funny that I am kinda in a rush to take the test, but won't get results for awhile anyways.
Ashley Roy is the registration coordinator, same person I emailed.
 

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Took the Beta CCP-C examination last week. I had the same issue with the eligibility number. When I had called Prometric originally, they were of no help and recommended I contact IBSC. I called IBSC and within about 20 minutes they were able to handle the problem and reissue me a new eligibility number (I believe within 24 hours). If you haven't tried this approach yet, it may be worth your time and effort.
 

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Took the Beta CCP-C examination last week. I had the same issue with the eligibility number. When I had called Prometric originally, they were of no help and recommended I contact IBSC. I called IBSC and within about 20 minutes they were able to handle the problem and reissue me a new eligibility number (I believe within 24 hours). If you haven't tried this approach yet, it may be worth your time and effort.
...and I just saw the updated last two posts here. Yes, Ashley Roy was the person who helped me as well.
 
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Ashley Roy is the registration coordinator, same person I emailed.
Got an e-mail back with a new much longer elgibility code. The website now has a queue to schedule the test. :/

@wcspa Any thoughts on thd test? Any recommendations on studying?
 

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Got an e-mail back with a new much longer elgibility code. The website now has a queue to schedule the test. :/

@wcspa Any thoughts on thd test? Any recommendations on studying?

I am probably not the best person to ask on recommendations for studying because I'm a PA and so much of the purely medical aspects including labs, imaging, pathophysiology, etc. were pretty easy for me. I just had to brush up on some of the normal parameters for hemodynamic monitoring (which is not used much outside of the ICU) like normal CVP, wedge pressures, etc. I also took the practice exams from FlightBridge ED and did questions from the FP-C exam test bank on the EMS Pocket Prep app on my iPhone. I found the test was much better written with clearer questions than either of those practice exam resources.

My gut impression is that it was easier than I thought it would be but who knows... I could be deluding myself but I'll find out come October.
 
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I am probably not the best person to ask on recommendations for studying because I'm a PA and so much of the purely medical aspects including labs, imaging, pathophysiology, etc. were pretty easy for me. I just had to brush up on some of the normal parameters for hemodynamic monitoring (which is not used much outside of the ICU) like normal CVP, wedge pressures, etc. I also took the practice exams from FlightBridge ED and did questions from the FP-C exam test bank on the EMS Pocket Prep app on my iPhone. I found the test was much better written with clearer questions than either of those practice exam resources.

My gut impression is that it was easier than I thought it would be but who knows... I could be deluding myself but I'll find out come October.
I feel comfortable with labs and hemodynamic monitoring. I think a lot of paramedics are afraid of hemodynamic monitoring so we probably overkill study it, haha. Imaging I feel weak on. I felt FlightBridgeED did a good job teaching it, but then I still got stumped with a scenario with a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) because I was looking for the circle of Willis (how I learned to look for it) and it didn't really meet any of the criteria they taught (attached is the picture of what people called a SAH, but I didn't recognize it as such since no circle of Willis, how I was taught on FlightBridgeED). It was a scenario on a Facebook group.

Edit: I am scheduled to take the test Thursday July 22nd 2:15 PM. I'll let you know if I still feel clueless taking it. :] I'm hoping studying will pay off.
 

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I feel comfortable with labs and hemodynamic monitoring. I think a lot of paramedics are afraid of hemodynamic monitoring so we probably overkill study it, haha. Imaging I feel weak on. I felt FlightBridgeED did a good job teaching it, but then I still got stumped with a scenario with a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) because I was looking for the circle of Willis (how I learned to look for it) and it didn't really meet any of the criteria they taught (attached is the picture of what people called a SAH, but I didn't recognize it as such since no circle of Willis, how I was taught on FlightBridgeED). It was a scenario on a Facebook group.

Right, of course. As a medic you're not looking at images very often in most clinical settings. So, first off, as I recall almost all, if not all, of the imaging had some associated clinical information or context associated with it on the exam. So in cases where you get a CXR, US, or CT and it may not be entirely clear there are some clues in the clinical context. For example, if you got that CT paired with "worst headache of their life" followed by a syncopal episode -- it would make it a lot more clear. Process of deduction would say that even if it didn't fit what you could determine to by SAH, it certainly is not a subdural or epidural bleed.

As for that particular slice of a head CT, you can see the hyperdensities (white) in the cerebral sulci bilaterally. This is suggestive of bleeding into the subarachnoid space. I bet that if you were able to scroll down the cuts to better see the Circle of Willis it would be much more obvious. That's the advantage you'll have in a real life situation. Well, that and you'll theoretically have a sending physician and/or radiology read.

https://radiopaedia.org is a great resource for learning how to read imaging. Comparing a normal head CT with examples of different pathologies, e.g. a SAH, will be of high yield too.

Hope this is somewhat helpful.
 
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Thank you!!! :] Somebody in the Facebook group explained it very well and pretty much said the same thing as you, but no other resources were shared to practiced or read up on interpreting scans. It's frustrating because you get like 4-5 examples on these expensive online courses, probably less examples in the expensive textbooks you buy. Funny how these mostly free online resources always seem to be more helpful.
 

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I feel like (head) bleeds are some of the more obvious, or straightforward questions to these exams.

The SAH has that “starfish”, or “baby bird” shape to its imaging. Intraparenchymal bleeds are typically stand alone nodules (darker meaning older bleeds). Subdural’s are “crescent moon” shaped, and epidural’s are “football”, convex-shaped.

The hemodynamic parameters for paramedics (IMO), especially those who aren’t familiar with them, or don’t see them a lot become nothing more than rote memorization—at least for testing purposes.

YMMV, but this has just been my experience over the past 6 or so years having taken a plethora of different prep and critical care courses.
 

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