Wow, What a Ride!
Brad, Kim and all the staff at NMETC,
I just wanted to take a second and reflect back on my entire experience with your Paramedic Program at NMETC. Wow, what a ride! Now that I have successfully completed the entire program and the National Registry testing, along with all of my state’s licensure requirements, I can say with the utmost confidence that your program far exceeded my expectations. Without your program, there is no way I could have achieved this milestone while still working full time. I am currently up and running as a Paramedic for my Fire District. Though great for me personally, it is even better for the people of my community, as up to this point, we were only able to offer BLS services with the closest Medic Unit twenty to thirty minutes away on a good day.
Like I am sure you have heard from countless others, I was quite skeptical that such an intense program could be effectively presented in an on-line format. From the beginning, I was constantly being questioned by other Medics as well as other members of the EMS community. I think the problem lies with the misconception often times associated with other “on-line” learning opportunities, specifically, a “work at your own pace, whenever you feel like, guaranteed to pass if you pay your money” kind of thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. I had several Paramedics actually “sit in” on some of my classes and they instantly changed their tune. They saw there is absolutely no difference attending one of your class’s verses attending a traditional classroom setting other than the ability to do it without taking off work or fighting through traffic. They were amazed at the technology utilized and the quality of your instructors. They didn’t realize you actually have to attend class and interact live with the instructor and other students as you go. I also shared my experiences with other Firefigher/EMT’s who were desperately searching for a way to get their Paramedic credentials. As you know, these four guys are currently nearing the finish line of the didactic portion of your program and will be heading out to “Skills Bootcamp” next month. They are thrilled with the program as well, and our anxiously awaiting the chance to start the second and third legs of their huge triathlon—those being the clinical and field internship portions.
I would be more than happy to share my experiences with anyone who wants a student’s perspective—please feel free to give them my cell number. Beware though, as I will shoot straight with them and let them know if they are looking for a “cake-walk”, this is not the program for them. This is an intense and time-consuming process. They need to have a burning, all-encompassing passion about becoming a Paramedic and be willing to dedicate themselves to this endeavor wholeheartedly. The program works if they do!
It has been a great ride and I thank you. I have formed life long friendships with people from around the world. I think with one phone call, I could get a job as a Paramedic in Germany, Australia, Ireland, Barbados, or even The Caymans—(which after the spring we have had here this year, I am seriously thinking about). I can’t thank you enough for your vision, your dedication, and most importantly, your mentorship.