Helpful tips to prepare for graduate study in Paramedicine:

  • In many cases, students are required to be certified at either the EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate level before enrolling in certificate or associate degree programs for paramedics.
  • Studying in Medical School
    • Identify the important information
    • Organize the information – start with the “big picture” to create a framework that facilitates memorization and access appropriate for differential diagnosis.
    • Memorize the information – this requires frequent review to keep it available for use!
    • Apply the information to more complex situations – practice questions, quiz questions, clinical applications, etc
    • Find the “Big Picture” before the lecture to use as a road map


Think about the following industries

  • Red Cross
  • Local Hospitals
  • Local Fire Departments
  • Private Businesses (places like Sikorsky have their own first responders)
  • Ambulance companies
  • Special Care Centers (Retirement homes, homes for people with disabilities)
  • Volunteer at a local fire department or hospital while earning your degree in order to gain some experience.
  • You can become EMT certified while earning a degree in paramedicine, become certified and start working as soon as possible to gain experience.
  • Gain specialized skills like Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), etc. pse]

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  • Include certifications and licenses (CPR, Paramedic, EMT-P)
  • List specialized skills like Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), etc.
  • If there is something that you excel at, such as maintaining rescue and medical equipment, placing peripheral and central lines along with managing defibrillations and intubations , etc. state it under your profile/summary

  • What made you want to help people?
  • How do you handle death?
  • Tell me about how you remain calm during a crisis.
  • Give me at least two examples of stressful situations you’ve faced and the results.
  • How would you intervene with a frantic relative who is grieving over the injury of a child?
  • What drew you to emergency medicine?
  • If you are the first on scene and notice 3 almost fatal injuries, how do you react to each patient before help arrives?

Career Resources for Paramedicine Majors:

Paramedicine Degree Types:

Master of Public Health

Master of Public Administration

Master of Education

Doctor of Public Health

Medical Doctor

Emergency Medical Services MS

Healthcare Management MS

Disaster Medicine and Management MS

Career Paths:

  • Master’s Degree: 
    • Emergency Medical Service Manager
    • Emergency Manager
    • Search and rescue medic
    • Critical Care or flight medic
    • EMS Instructor
    • Physician’s Assistant
  • PhD:
    • Medical Doctor
    • Physician
    • Professor
    • Medical Researcher

EMTs and Paramedics

Median Salary:$31,700

Outlook: +24% (faster than average)


Related Groups:

EMS1 Network

FireRescue1 Network

First Response

International Paramedic

Journal of Paramedic Practice

Law Enforcement Jobs, Paramedic Jobs

National Paramedic Group

Paramedic’s / ERT / ESO Job Notice Board

Paramedic educators

Paramedic Job Listings

Paramedic Study Guides

Helpful websites: