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    Just wondering if anybody could tell me how I can become a paramedic. They seem to make it about as difficult as possible for people to get a start. Here's what I've been told I need before I enter:

    1. 100 college level math and Science credits (this I DO have)
    2. EMT-B license (This I also have)
    3. Diploma or GED (this I also have)

    Ok. Got that stuff out of the way... here's what they want that I DON'T have!

    4. 6 months experience on an ambulance
    5. 30 hours continuing education per year after reciept of EMT Certification.
    6. To have passed on some kind of DP testing or something???
    7. Other things I don't remember because I got too discouraged realizing It will be at least another YEAR before I'm able to get into this academy.

    For crying out loud, I'll pass it if I can just get in! Can't they start weeding out the slackers AFTER class starts instead of BEFOREHAND? It's not like it's free or something! I'll be paying good money for this class even if I fail! Anyway, I don't plan on failing. What I want to know is this... can anybody tell me what paramedic schools in or around the Elgin area of Illinois would I be a likely candidate for with my credentials. I don't want to spend the next year jumping through hoops just so that when that years done I'll be able to jump through more hoops. I don't want to sound like I have a negative attitude, but I have to say it's discouraging. I welcome anybody with positive feedback and realistic recommendations. Thank you very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaybo77 View Post
    Just wondering if anybody could tell me how I can become a paramedic.
    7. Other things I don't remember because I got too discouraged realizing It will be at least another YEAR before I'm able to get into this academy.
    What do you expect? Do you think you can do it in a month or what? How did you deal with 12 years of school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaybo77 View Post
    For crying out loud, I'll pass it if I can just get in! Can't they start weeding out the slackers AFTER class starts instead of BEFOREHAND? It's not like it's free or something! I'll be paying good money for this class even if I fail! !
    Would you rather find out before you started the class and lose all of your money or after? I know I'd want to know before I spent all of my money! What if something didn't work out and then you're out all of your cash huh? Or is it no big deal to you?

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    Default ehhh... anyway

    Thanks bud... my question remains... what would be a good school in the Elgin area for me to get into? There's probably thousands of colleges around... are the requirements pretty much the same everywhere you go? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaybo77 View Post
    Thanks bud... my question remains... what would be a good school in the Elgin area for me to get into? There's probably thousands of colleges around... are the requirements pretty much the same everywhere you go? Thanks.
    You appear to be a bit of a smart ***! Don't take anyones advice and find out for yourself!

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    I don't want to spend the next year jumping through hoops just so that when that years done I'll be able to jump through more hoops. I don't want to sound like I have a negative attitude, but I have to say it's discouraging. I welcome anybody with positive feedback and realistic recommendations.
    Well, it ain't positive, but it is realistic (by the way, those two terms juxtaposed as you did create an oxymoron ):
    Life these days, especially in public safety, is allllll about "jumping through hoops". Guys before you have jumped through lots of hoops, and just when they thought they had seen their last....along comes the NIMS requirements for ICS. Then comes NWCG with their standards for Wildland Quals, which has nothing to do with a State-level Fire Service Certification system... you can have your State FF1, FF2, HAZMAT Specialist, ALL the Fire Command and Fire Management certs in the world, EMT-P, RN, NP, blah blah, etc, etc, with 10 years on... and to work with a Federal agency doing wildland, you amount to, you guessed it: Joe Blow Citizen.

    It's going to get worse, too.... so either get used to jumping hoops, buckle down and start doing it....or find another business to work in. That's about the best I can give ya.
    My opinions might coincide with someone of importance's POV... I wouldn't know, since I never bothered to ask. My policy is: "Don't ask, don't care."

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