I’m going to go out on a limb and assume the folks going for the 4 year degree aren’t the ones planning on staying on the line forever, so I don’t personally have a huge aversion to setting them up for other professions, but that probably pulls bias from my own situation of not wanting the fire department to be my terminal career...I like it. I love it. Great idea for degrees and future opportunities. Hopefully, with this kind of educational requirements though, paramedic would not be a stepping stone to other professions, but rather it’s own viable career entity with increased compensation.
Yeah, you’re not wrong on any of that. I’ll again reference my own bias from struggling to complete my bachelors while on company, it took me almost 8 years to get it done (and that was after taking into account the credit for my paramedic and firefighter which I completed 10 years prior to starting back to college).. I would have jumped all over an easier way to accomplish this..The scheduling thing is an interesting take. If you are working as an EMT and want to advance to Paramedic, you already have to take time off and not work through a full time program. (At least when I went to P school that was the case, and working full time wasn’t really an option if you wanted to be successful in the program). I’m picking up that you are talking about people going back to school in a sense; however, any degree mandate implemented would likely be for newcomers. Existing paramedics would be grandfathered in as is the case with most changes in educational standards.
I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other about grandfathering current medics, but it’s probably the right thing to do. With that said, if we move towards more robust paramedic education, there would certainly be experienced guys like me and you and probably most of the people on this thread who would love the opportunity to pursue that, only to be frustrated by the scheduling hassle. I’d love to find a way to accommodate those folks.