An essential part of the Emergency Medical Services community, paramedics are often the first on the scene of an accident or emergency. Providing advanced life support to those who have been injured or who are sick, these healthcare providers have been trained to handle a variety of emergency situations, and have undergone additional paramedic training beyond that of traditional emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Paramedics provide Advanced Life Support (ALS), which can include giving shots and IVs, and using advanced skills to support breathing, stabilizing patients for safe transport to a medical facility.


A career in which no two days, or any two calls are the same, paramedics provide essential care at the scene, prior to transportation to a hospital or other medical facility. Ready and waiting at all times, paramedics are available to respond to an accident or emergency around the clock. Whereas many doctors have specialized training in their area of practice, EMTs and Paramedics are trained to respond in an emergency situation, quickly assessing the scene and determining the best course of treatment for the safety of the patient. A dynamic career, paramedics must be ready to perform a number of duties.

  • Respond to 911 calls
  • Conduct a wide range of emergency procedures that include using a defibrillator, giving medications, starting IVs, clearing airways, performing emergency tracheostomies 
  • Administer, read, and interpret medical tests and use medical equipment
  • Transport patients to hospitals and other medical facilities via ambulance
  • Provide communication to patients and their relatives or friends
  • Relay patient information, condition, and any treatments performed to hospital staff


To become a paramedic, one must first have completed the requirements and pass certification to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Applicants must also possess a high school diploma or GED, driver’s license or other state issued identification, and pass a drug screening test and background check.

Opening doors to work in an ambulance, emergency room, or with a medical flight team, training to be a paramedic provides an extensive knowledge in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. This allows paramedics to quickly analyze medical emergencies where they can stabilize and treat urgent conditions. Versatile problem solvers who respond in a number of stressful situations, paramedics play an essential role in the healthcare system.

In rural communities, and when working with other EMS services, paramedics also provide TeleMedex and paramedicine services that allow medical care to come directly to the patient. Rather than transporting a patient directly to a hospital’s emergency department, TeleMedex involves the patient and paramedic conducting a video call with an advanced care practitioner, with the paramedic providing assistance with assessment, on-site treatment, prescription call in and transportation to the appropriate facility, if necessary. This brings remote medicine to rural communities and situations where it may not be necessary for the patient to travel to a healthcare facility. This also helps to ensure that patients avoid readmission to a hospital by providing assistance with self care, nutrition and medication.


At MedExpress, we provide educational classes for every stage of training, from CPR and emergency response refresher courses through our paramedic course with online and in-class instruction. In conjunction with our affiliate campus, we provide paramedic pre-hospital certification courses that include pharmacology, airway management, cardiac emergencies, pediatric emergencies and much more. Our classes are presented in affiliation with nationally accredited Schools of EMS and provide our students with the proper instruction and preparation for their national certification exam. Call today to learn more about our educational programs for your training needs.

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