Want to upgrade your paramedic cert to a paramedic degree?

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Oof on that out-of-state tuition
 

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Hm, the online part and getting a degree part is pretty tempting. You're a pretty active member here. Do you trust it or know who runs the program? I feel like I've seen schools screw over students before where they don't get degrees or certifications.

I've always thought that paramedics should have degrees, but oddly do not have a degree myself. Mainly I work full time and feel like it is hard to go back to school. I've signed up to local colleges before, but just never signed up for classes.
 
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It's my local community college, and yes, I both know and trust the director. She's very "evidence-based," recently earned her PhD, and is very pro EMS, and supports her students. I can assure you, it won't be an easy A (you will have to actually do the work, take the exams to validate you know the material, etc), but they (the school) won't screw you if you do the work.

Here is the link to the actual program's webpage: https://www.waketech.edu/programs-c...ency-medical-science/degrees-programs/a45340b

And if you want to see what the program consists of:

I've always thought that paramedics should have degrees, but oddly do not have a degree myself.
Honestly, that's the big reason why I am so anti-degrees for paramedics; many say others should get it to become paramedics, but they aren't willing to do the same. I'm all for raising standards, and think we should do it for everyone... and raise the standards for everyone in the profession, including those who are already in it.

Oof on that out-of-state tuition
Have you actually gone to college, and seen how expensive education is? And in-state residents pay taxes that partially fund the school; hence the price break compared to out of state.

Just for comparison of rates per credit hour with NC State Univ, which is located in the same city as Wake Tech (in-state vs out of state noted below):

2019-2020$230$875

The price is pretty standard (here is form Durham County's school, which is near Wake but nowhere near as reputable of a program) https://www.collegetuitioncompare.com/edu/198455/durham-technical-community-college/tuition/

oh, and this is from my very first community college in NJ, Middlesex County College

YearIn-StateOut-of-State
2018-2019$293$ 293
2019-2020$294$294
2020-2021$295$295

It's actually very reasonable, especially if your employer has a tuition reimbursement program (mine does, and they paid for my graduate certificate, and would have paid for my MBA if I had continued with the program). Just remember, once you have the degree, no one can take that away from you, while a certificate does expire.
 

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It's my local community college, and yes, I both know and trust the director. She's very "evidence-based," recently earned her PhD, and is very pro EMS, and supports her students. I can assure you, it won't be an easy A (you will have to actually do the work, take the exams to validate you know the material, etc), but they (the school) won't screw you if you do the work.

Here is the link to the actual program's webpage: https://www.waketech.edu/programs-c...ency-medical-science/degrees-programs/a45340b

And if you want to see what the program consists of:

Honestly, that's the big reason why I am so anti-degrees for paramedics; many say others should get it to become paramedics, but they aren't willing to do the same. I'm all for raising standards, and think we should do it for everyone... and raise the standards for everyone in the profession, including those who are already in it.

Have you actually gone to college, and seen how expensive education is? And in-state residents pay taxes that partially fund the school; hence the price break compared to out of state.

Just for comparison of rates per credit hour with NC State Univ, which is located in the same city as Wake Tech (in-state vs out of state noted below):

2019-2020$230$875

The price is pretty standard (here is form Durham County's school, which is near Wake but nowhere near as reputable of a program) https://www.collegetuitioncompare.com/edu/198455/durham-technical-community-college/tuition/

oh, and this is from my very first community college in NJ, Middlesex County College

YearIn-StateOut-of-State
2018-2019$293$ 293
2019-2020$294$294
2020-2021$295$295

It's actually very reasonable, especially if your employer has a tuition reimbursement program (mine does, and they paid for my graduate certificate, and would have paid for my MBA if I had continued with the program). Just remember, once you have the degree, no one can take that away from you, while a certificate does expire.
For some reason your table shows the same tuition rate for in state and out of state students.
 
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For some reason your table shows the same tuition rate for in state and out of state students.
Yeah, I noticed that, but didn't bother to look into why. but since you called me out on it....

It looks like the table isn't accurate for Middlesex. According to the college website:


IN COUNTY
Tuition$116.00
General Fees$19.00
Student Service Fee$4.50
Technology Fee$15.00
Total Per Credit$154.50
OUT OF COUNTY
Tuition$232.00
General Fees$38.00
Student Service Fee$9.00
Technology Fee$30.00
Total Per Credit$309.00

In any case, Wake Tech is still cheaper for both in state and out of state students.
 

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