Every student has their own list of highlights, but some that we hear over and over again when we ask students about their favorite parts of training include:
- Our "Sick/Not Sick" drill early on in Shoreline where students hone their ability to make quick decisions with limited information.
- Our Code Drill series, with it's MegaCode final on Bainbridge Island where students lead crews through a prolonged cardiac arrest scenario, including (hopefully) saving the patient, transporting and delivering him/her to the "emergency room", and presenting that patient to a waiting "staff" of physicians and fellow students.
- Our Pediatrics drill in Redmond where students get invaluble reps taking care of the smallest of patients.
- Our Trauma Rodeo series, with it's capstone day in Bellevue where students lead fire crews in the care and transport of terrifically moulaged actors in various high-fidelity trauma scenarios.
- The daily, nearly unlimited access to the Seattle Fire Department and to Harborview Medical Center that provides for countless interactions with patients and professionals alike, laying the foundation of experience for a long and satisfying career in Paramedicine.
It costs roughly $25,000 to train one paramedic student in our program. However, unlike other programs where the student pays their own tuition, student tuition for our program is covered by the Medic One Foundation. Students need only cover their own personal expenses (housing, food, etc.). Some agencies assist with some of these costs. The ability of students to focus solely on the material and their training without the distraction of student debt at the end of the program is a truly unique gift provided by generous donors who give to the Medic One Foundation.
The 1975 King County Council resolution mandates that all Paramedics practicing in King County go through our training program, so even previously trained paramedics with extensive history practicing elsewhere are required to successfully complete this program to work here. Students with prior classroom and field experience will have the benefit of that training, but there is still plenty to learn! Many previously-trained Paramedics tell us this program pushed them to grow in their medicine, leadership, and teamwork.
We have a very unique system where we require every student entering our training program be employed by a paramedic agency, on salary while in the program, and guaranteed a paramedic position upon successful completion of this program. This ensures 100% job placement to all of our students once they have graduated.
Currently the University of Washington does not offer college credits for the Paramedic Training Program. We hope to someday offer a Bachelors degree in Paramedicine. However, with an articulation agreement in place, a student who graduates from our program is eligible for 39 credits towards a Bachelor's degree in Paramedicine with the University of Pittsburgh.
Students must be employed by a Fire Department or EMS agency and nominated for the upcoming class by that agency.
Additional prerequisites for the class are:
- A current EMT certification.
- A college level Math and English class.
- A valid Washington State driver's license.
Students are chosen for the program by their own fire department through a highly competitive selection process. The civilian pathway, equally as rigorous, is through King County EMS. For details on KC EMS's hiring policy and process, please contact them directly.
Each agency is responsible for selecting their own candidates for training, and generally do so based on minimum standards of EMT competence and experience working as an EMT-Basic. Testing processes vary by department, but generally include written, psychomotor, and oral exams (testing EMT-B level skills and knowledge) and may include psychological exam and/or medical screening. Once selected by the agency, the candidate is then interviewed by Paramedic Training prior to final acceptance into the program.
Previous patient contacts are critical to success in the program; we suggest at least 5000 patient contacts as an EMT will make for smoother learning the leadership & medicine of becoming a Paramedic.
Please see "Our Partners" page and contact individual departments for details.