Getting back into it..

Sizz

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Hello all

I'm a former EMT-I in Iowa and had a career change for about 5 years into restuarant management. I was unable to keep up with certification and so on so let it go and now I'm going back up the ladder.

My concern lately is how much I enjoyed EMS in Rural Iowa area , but all the training and to become a medic at around 10-12k in college and lots of time seems crazy with a full time job, family to fit in the fast 1 year program at my local school and 2ndly the pay is horrible for medics around rural Iowa vs me spending a little more time becoming an RN but the thoughts of a nurse kinda bother me.

I want the fast pace, excicment of EMS vs being in a hospital on a floor or slow ER or you get where i'm coming from I hope.

Whats suggestions do you have...
 

hottrotter18

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If its what you love to do, do it.
I had a couple full-time workers with families in my class, and they made it through fine
 

Sizz

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If you dont mind me asking , how long was the program ( days a week, hours a day, travel time) The college offering this class , well one of them is 90 miles other is about 110 miles away each way:( Suppose I could move for a year.

Thanks
 

hottrotter18

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A program being offered in my town is only once a week! but for a year or so.
It was designed for firefighters to be able to make the class without missing their shifts
I know some people in my class were traveling probably 100 miles there and 100 back
 
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bstone

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Consider an online medic school?
 

Sizz

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A program being offered in my town is only once a week! but for a year or so.
It was designed for firefighters to be able to make the class without missing their shifts
I know some people in my class were traveling probably 100 miles there and 100 back
Hotrotter, where are you from if you dont mind?
 

Sizz

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Consider an online medic school?
I have not came across any for Emt-PS. I'm currently starting the EMT-B which is a hybrid this fall(all book work online) 1 night of hands on assesments per week which is great!

Below is the best choice I see which is still demanding for the Paramedic Specialists program near me well about 100 miles....whats your thoughts Bstone?

http://iwcc.cc.ia.us/programs/AdvisementGuides/paramedicaas.pdf
 

Akulahawk

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Well, another option is to take the RN courses, become an RN and challenge the EMTP. Then go work as both. You'll have the pay, open career paths, and benefits from the RN while getting the excitement from working as a Paramedic. It's not a traditional way to do it, but it might work for you. It will probably take quite a bit longer than going through EMTP training though.

Whichever you decide, good luck!
 
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