- Paramedic Program
- Certification Courses
I joined the U.S. Army at 19 years old, after growing up in Billerica, MA, and spent seven years in the service. I did two tours in Afghanistan and spent time working as a nurse and medic. After my discharge, I was trying to figure out where to go next – maybe school, maybe work. And I found myself thinking back to when I wanted to be a firefighter, which was really about wanting to help others in their times of need. As a military medic, I spent much of my time focused on trauma and traumatic injuries, much like an EMT, helping others as I’d always wanted to.
When I returned to Massachusetts, my Army experience as a medic qualified me for EMT certification. I liked working in ambulances in hands-on, fast-paced emergency situations and realized that the next step in my career would be to become a full paramedic.
Why Pro EMS Center for MEDICS?
The question for me was to figure out specific next steps in continuing my education to become a paramedic. Did I want to go to college? Or did I want more specialized training? After meeting with the team at Pro EMS Center for MEDICS, I knew it was the right place for me. The program actually feels similar to some of my training in the military – hands-on, situational, experiential learning in simulated environments. It felt familiar and I knew it worked.
Some of the CFM instructors also come from a military background, and it was helpful to have that common experience. It gave me confidence in my decisions to know that others had walked the same path I was on. As an Army Medic, I had some experience with suturing, starting IVs, airway management, and other emergency procedures. The program and instructors at CFM are able to build on the skills I already had to give me a fully developed and complete paramedic education. The combination of classroom and clinical, real-world learning is invaluable and really helps all students understand and retain the concepts and procedures needed in emergency situations.
Advice for Other Veterans
Research all the different types of educational opportunities open to you through the G.I. Bill. Using those resources to further my education at Center for MEDICS has been incredibly rewarding for me.
“I was proud to serve my country in the U.S. Army and I’m proud to continue serving my community as a paramedic and in the ER.”
When you’re trying to figure out what comes after a military career, make a plan and a backup plan. Be thorough about your research before making any decisions, because it can be hard to change paths once you’re on one. But if you know yourself, take some initiative, and work towards a goal you can achieve what you want to.