Pima Medical Institute’s Paramedic Program Partners with Mesa Fire Department
Posted: October 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Baker
MESA, Ariz. (October 10, 2014) –
Pima Medical Institute’s (PMI) Mesa
campus recently announced a new collaborative paramedic program
that offers firefighters a way to hone their life-saving skills. The Mesa Fire and Medical Department currently has students enrolled in the new paramedic program at PMI.
“The geographic advantages of fire stations and availability of trained personnel enable the fire service to provide rapid response times to an incident,” said Deputy Chief-EMS for Mesa Fire and Medical Department Bill Daniell. “Fire service is now fire and medical service,” Daniell added.
The first class of 18 firefighters will recieve their paramedic associates degrees in May of 2015. With the degrees in hand, the Mesa firefighters are eligible to take a paramedic-level exam with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).
Pima Medical Institute built a training ambulance for paramdedic students that provides them with hands-on education.
Mesa Firefighter EMT Troy Duncan is one of the newest enrollees in PMI’s paramedic associate degree. An eight-year veteran with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department, Duncan looked to the paramedic associate degree as the spark he needed to enhance his skills and give him opportunities for promotion at work.
“The PMI Mesa campus has everything we need for a successful learning experience – they have the medical equipment we need for learning and the facility for our hands-on clinical training,” Duncan said. “We’re also provided the technology that today’s college students need. There are no textbooks; instead, we’re given a tablet to download all our materials.”
The paramedic associate degree focuses on advanced life support training and education, including the administration of a broad range of medications in the field. PMI students participate in 1,400 hours of classroom and field training. NREMT’s national requirement for a program is 1,000 hours.
A new cohort of students started on Sept. 11 and will graduate in March of 2016. The program is open to any students who are interested in a paramedic associate degree.
An EMT certification training program is also available at Pima Medical Institute’s Mesa campus, which focuses on basic life support education and providing emergency care skills in the field, such as establishing breathing and containing or treating bleeding. In addition, EMTs are trained on the administration of a limited number of medications. The Pima Medical Institute Mesa EMT program has graduated seven classes to date, with the eighth and ninth in progress.
EMT graduates completing the program receive:
- 180 hours of coursework (the national average is 110 to 180 hours)
- Eligibility to take the NREMT exam and apply for state certification
- Knowledge that they’re in one of the most successful programs in the nation (Pima Medical Institute’s EMT students rank above the national average on the NREMT exams.)
Mesa Fire and Medical Department paramedic students (left to right): Thomas San Fililppo, Jeremiah Sullivan, Troy Duncan and Dave Weathers receive instruction from Pima Medical Institute Mesa paramedic instructor Jerry Ollier (far right).
Pima Medical Institute
Pima Medical Institute (PMI) is a private, accredited school dedicated to providing students classroom studies paired with real-world training at medical facilities. Established in 1972, PMI helps students become career ready, focusing exclusively on health care professions, including medical, dental, veterinary and nursing fields. PMI’s curriculum includes certificate, associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs, ranging from medical assistant and radiology technologist to veterinary assistant and dental hygienist.
Pima Medical Institute operates 16 campuses as well as an online division. The medical career college has a presence in eight western states with ground locations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Tucson, Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Las Vegas, N.V.; Houston and El Paso, Texas; Chula Vista, Calif.; and Dillon, Mont. For more information and a complete list of programs offered at each campus, visit pmi.edu or call 1-888-442-5998.
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