The Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) Center for Prehospital Education is pleased to announce that 11 students successfully completed the organization’s 12-month paramedic program. The program builds on the existing knowledge and skills of an advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT). To complete the program, students must master advanced assessment techniques, complex emergency procedures and effective patient interactions.
“REMSA is extremely proud of our newest class of paramedics,” said Cindy Green, education manager, director of the paramedic program, REMSA. “They’ve been dedicated students and have grown into professional and well-trained healthcare providers. They are prepared and excited to provide compassionate, clinically-excellent, paramedic-level care.”
REMSA’s paramedic program includes 602 didactic/lecture hours, 216 hours of clinical site experience, which must take place in an emergency department, operating room, intensive care unit, urgent care facility, labor and delivery department, etc. and 480 hours on an ambulance as a functioning entry-level paramedic. Program participants develop their skills related to advanced respiratory, cardiac, medical and trauma care, EMS operations, pediatric and obstetric patient/scene assessments, and advanced pharmacologic instruction. Advanced skills include emergency airway interventions and intravenous medication administration.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduates become eligible to take the National Registry of EMT’s Exam, a two-part test involving a hands-on exam which is completed during the last week of the class, as well as a cognitive online exam. Once the registry exam is successfully completed, the students can begin work on an ambulance as a nationally registered paramedic.
The REMSA Center for Prehospital Education has experienced remarkable success by training paramedics with a 94 percent first-time pass rate on the National Registry of Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Exam in 2018, and a 100 percent pass rate overall. This is compared to the national average first-time pass rate of 76 percent first-time pass rate and 86 percent overall. In addition, REMSA’s program has a 90 percent student retention rate and a 94 percent positive placement in a paramedic career.
“REMSA takes pride in the paramedics we graduate,” said Green. “As an integrated health care provider in northern Nevada, we ensure that reliable, quality EMS care is available throughout the region.”
REMSA’s paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.