Overview

Distance learning is neither better nor worse than face-to-face learning, just different. It does require greater commitment from the learner and the teacher, as both must invest significant time and effort to be successful. Distance learning helps bridge geography and time. The motivated learner can obtain instruction without access to a nearby educational institution or despite time constraints that prevent attendance at frequently scheduled classes. This educational program utilizes distance learning and selected face-to-face interactions.

The course coordinator/medical director is Jim Upchurch, MD, NREMT-P. The training program will generally follow the current appropriate curriculum. Successful completion of the course will qualify the student to sit for the National Registry exam. Both the intermediate and the paramedic course require 10-12 months for completion depending on overall class progression. To gain access to the paramedic course, you must successfully complete the intermediate course or provide documentation of completion of a comparable intermediate course.

Do I want in?

Successful adult learners understand that education or training is a do-it-yourself proposition. No one can force information into your brain. Educational material can be presented to the learner in many ways (lecture, books, video, etc.) but it is the individual (you) that must successfully turn that information into knowledge. If you understand this concept, your next question is “Do I have the commitment?” Can I spend an average of three hours per week studying and six to eight hours per week seeking clinical experiences? Can I travel to Hardin or Crow Agency, MT for weekend classes each month and sometimes twice a month? If all answers are yes, please proceed.