So I recently have received the opportunity for a full ride to paramedic school (EMT-P). It is a 12 month accelerated program, from basically September to December 2022. I love everything I am learning in EMT-B right now, I love emergency medicine and I think it is also what I want to pursue. There is a 1year full time work contract requirement with the agency post paramedic school (since they are paying for the education), which would be during my junior year at Kalamazoo College. They are flexible with college students, but there is still a full time req. I really have found a lot of passion in EMS.
I would not be doing it just for clinical experience because I thoroughly enjoy it, but I do still want to make sure getting my paramedic wouldn’t be a bad idea.
I still plan on shadowing as much as I can, and I volunteer as a sexual assault responder at my local YWCA. Although it isn’t a huge time requirement, I plan on doing that during my years of college and during my gap year, because I love it there too.
What do you think? Should I stay an EMT-B for the clinical exposure and limited time requirement, or should I go for it?