- Paramedic Program
- Certification Courses
Before enrolling at Pro EMS Center for Medics (CFM), I spent three years serving in the United States Marine Corp Infantry in Washington, DC as a ceremonial marine guard, a highly selective and prestigious post. When I was given an honorable discharge, I wondered what my next life steps should be. After an experience helping a fellow Marine in DC who’d fallen down two flights of concrete stairs and being unable to do much to help, I started to think about what I could do to make sure that next time, I could do more.
I returned to Massachusetts after my discharge and started working with the EMS service in Leicester, MA – my hometown. After doing the research and discovering that the G.I. Bill would cover EMT training and licensing, I enrolled at CFM.
Why train as an EMT?
I’ve always been drawn to professions that help others. I thought about a variety of options, including law enforcement and firefighting, but found that I was repeatedly drawn to EMS. As a paramedic, you can virtually look inside someone’s body to see what’s going wrong and how you can help. To be there for a patient on what might be the worst day of their life and help them through it is incredible.
The military taught me you can see a lot about someone from one quick glance, but to actually figure out what’s going on you need to know how to take a deeper look. That’s the kind of career I was looking for – combining multiple different skills to create the big picture and solve the puzzle. EMS is exactly that, and I take great pride in what I do.
Why Pro EMS Center for Medics?
While working with EMS in Leicester, I’d heard repeatedly about Pro EMS and CFM and their excellent reputation from other EMTs. Everyone felt that the EMTs who graduate from CFM leave the program prepared for almost every scenario and with confidence in their own abilities to manage tough situations. As a Marine, I was prepared for a rigorous training process and was excited by the challenge and high expectations at CFM.
“The curriculum gradually builds from one step to the next in a way that makes the learning process incredibly successful for students.”
I found that everyone at CFM was truly committed to helping all students succeed. It’s a tough program, but no one wants to see any of the students fail. I found the instructors very responsive to student concerns and questions, and willing to explain and expand on the curriculum in multiple ways to give each of us what we needed to be able to learn the material. The instruction at CFM involves extensive hands-on learning and simulation labs to really help cement concepts, processes, and procedures in a way that builds real skills and confidence.
What does the future look like for you?
I feel like all possibilities are open to me from here – paramedic, med flight, or maybe moving to other nationally known, prestigious EMS organizations. There are many fantastic career paths in the field. I also really want to help other people get into working in EMS. I think it’s a rewarding career, especially for military veterans. EMS provides that fast pace we like and are trained for, and at the end of the day we’re helping people who place their trust in our skills and training. I’m glad I can be there for my patients.