How much did becoming an EMT/medic cost you?

Sasha

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It's hard to put a dollar amount on my sanity, so I don't know exactly how much it cost me, but it was a lot.
 

Nerd13

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A LOT

I've got about 5000 into classes alone for both Basic and Medic.

Then you have to add:
-Uniforms
-Transportation costs: rural area, 20 minutes to education center, 30 minutes to all hospital clinical sites and anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes to internship station sites.
-Dr. appointments for entrance physicals with cost of drug tests and immunizations
-Study materials
-Testing and license fees (just Basic, about to take Medic)

I'm sure there is plenty I'm not thinking of and I wouldn't have the first idea how to even total all of that. If I had to guess I'd say about $8000 total.

I guess it was cheaper than when I got my degree. I shouldn't complain.
 

foxfire

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For those going through/having gone through paramedic school I'm surprised I'm not seeing more costs like "my marriage" or "my friends and family". :p
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LOL, well school has caused a number of friends to accuse me of choosing school over them.
There is very little social life during medic school.

back to the topic
Here is mine expenses, near as I can remember.
tuition ~ $8200
uniforms~ $200
books~ $500
tests ~$150
vaccinations $200
Stethascope $100
background check $25
so roughly $9,400 dollars give or take.
I live a hour from school/ridealong area and was putting about 400 miles a week for classes/interships on the family van. I honestly don't really want to think about the gas bill.:wacko:
 

STXmedic

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LOL, well school has caused a number of friends to accuse me of choosing school over them.
There is very little social life during medic school.

back to the topic
Here is mine expenses, near as I can remember.
tuition ~ $8200
uniforms~ $200
books~ $500
tests ~$150
vaccinations $200
Stethascope $100
background check $25
so roughly $9,400 dollars give or take.
I live a hour from school/ridealong area and was putting about 400 miles a week for classes/interships on the family van. I honestly don't really want to think about the gas bill.:wacko:

Holy crap!! I spent $4500 total for mine, and I was at the "expensive school" in this area!
 

Epi-do

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By agreeing to volunteer for two years, I didn't have to pay anything at all for my basic class. All fees for testing, books, tuition, etc. were paid for by the department.

When I decided to go to medic class, the department I am currently at footed the bill, and they didn't require me to sign any sort of contract. If I really wanted to, I could have waited until I completed the class, passed all my tests, and was state certified, and then quit and they couldn't force me to pay them back for the class. However, I really like where I work, so I didn't do that. They paid for my books, uniforms, and any other fees. Since the students rode out on our ambulances, they had two free slots in the class as part of the contract between the hospital and fire department.

So, outside of meals while at class/clinicals/ride-outs, and gas to get to get to and from each of them, it didn't cost me anything financially.
 

TransportJockey

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By agreeing to volunteer for two years, I didn't have to pay anything at all for my basic class. All fees for testing, books, tuition, etc. were paid for by the department.

When I decided to go to medic class, the department I am currently at footed the bill, and they didn't require me to sign any sort of contract. If I really wanted to, I could have waited until I completed the class, passed all my tests, and was state certified, and then quit and they couldn't force me to pay them back for the class. However, I really like where I work, so I didn't do that. They paid for my books, uniforms, and any other fees. Since the students rode out on our ambulances, they had two free slots in the class as part of the contract between the hospital and fire department.

So, outside of meals while at class/clinicals/ride-outs, and gas to get to get to and from each of them, it didn't cost me anything financially.

Damn I would love to find a deal like that for medic school... hmm... your service looking for EMT-Is? :p
 

Nyricanff2b

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Man you guys don't want to know how much we pay for EMT-P in California...try a number with about four 0's at the end with books, didactic, clinicals, and internship....
 

b2dragun

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Basic- $1200
Intermediate- $900
Paramedic- $4600 (still in this class)
A&P- $315
Medic books- $900
NREMT test x2- $150

Although my books, A&P, and medic school costs are being covered by my company
 
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mpena

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My agency covered all the costs associated with my classes (excl. NREMT examination $70) with a commitment to the service. Although for an exact price, it came out to about $2500 +/- (For EMT-B and IV Class)
 

pa132399

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wow my emt school was cheap compared to all of yours

emt-b 200 including book and state testing
all paid by my volunteer fire co

emt has gone up since then to 500

my medic school is projected to be about 3500-5000 for tuition
medic books god only knows still dont know which one i need to get
 

afro

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I actually got paid to take my EMT course :). Went through local JC and due to living circumstances I qualified for a federal PELL grant, some $1400.

Cost of the course: $300 or so
Tuition $5
Background check/drug screen $90
Book $99
Uniform $50
Stethoscope $45 (Littmann variety)
BP cuff $12 (ADC variety)
Misc clinical equipment $20

For certification: $85 to the EMS Authority office. EMT card in my hands after that.
 
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mediKate

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And we wonder why people are mad at ACP...

In Alberta the designations are a bit different, but my EMR cost me: $2,522.00

tuition: $800
books and materials: $295
ACP provincial exam: $647
ACP provincial registration: $390
ACP Initial administration fee: $50
ACP Annual registration renewal: $340/yr
-2 weeks of my life

And my EMT/PCP training cost me: $9,527
application and student fees: $300
tuition: $5,200
books and uniform: $2,300
equipment: $150
ACP provincial exam: $747
ACP provincial registration: $390
ACP annual registration renewal: $340/yr
Class 4 license: $100
-6 months of my life

EMT-P ends up being like $20,000 from what I’ve heard

Obviously not including food, lodging, gas etc. Its not cheap, let me tell ya! But worth it? Definitely.^_^
 

alias

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Starting the EMT program at a comm. college next week.

Tuition $1280
Books $180
Uniforms including boots $200
Equipment $120

This is before testing or anything. I think the national test is only like $75 though.
 

hoss42141

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In Alberta the designations are a bit different, but my EMR cost me: $2,522.00

tuition: $800
books and materials: $295
ACP provincial exam: $647
ACP provincial registration: $390
ACP Initial administration fee: $50
ACP Annual registration renewal: $340/yr
-2 weeks of my life

And my EMT/PCP training cost me: $9,527
application and student fees: $300
tuition: $5,200
books and uniform: $2,300
equipment: $150
ACP provincial exam: $747
ACP provincial registration: $390
ACP annual registration renewal: $340/yr
Class 4 license: $100
-6 months of my life

EMT-P ends up being like $20,000 from what I’ve heard

Obviously not including food, lodging, gas etc. Its not cheap, let me tell ya! But worth it? Definitely.^_^

No offense, but thank God I don't live in Canada. That is outrageous.
 

hoss42141

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I'm not sure how they treat their EMS up there, but 20k for a medic class. 20k is 20k no matter how you look at it.
 

Tigger

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I'm not sure how they treat their EMS up there, but 20k for a medic class. 20k is 20k no matter how you look at it.

Again, it's an education and not just a medic class. From what I gather, a Canadian Advanced Care Paramedic (roughly synonymous to our Paramedic) education program takes about 3 years. Some medic programs in this country take 3 months. A three year education for 20k is not too bad if you ask me, you should see what my undergrad tuition bills are like :blink:.
 

Handsome Robb

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Yeah, but don't their P's have a higher scope? Plus I don't think they treat their EMS like crap.

No they have a pretty similar scope. They also make more money than U.S. Paramedics do.
 

hoss42141

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LOL. I know all about that. I myself, was in college just a few months ago. Had one semester left for my associates degree.
 
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