THOMASVILLE — Staff report
THOMASVILLE — Southwest Georgia Technical College’s (SWGTC) Paramedicine students recently had 100 percent passage rate on their National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Certification (NREMT-Paramedic) exam. The students in this class, all of which passed the exam, included Dustin Hart, Jessica Thompson, Paul Knajdek and Adam Frasier.
“The program is a year of hard work; it takes a huge commitment to attend classes, manage families, and work full-time. I am so proud of my students and wish them all the best of luck in their careers,” Melissa Pullen, Paramedicine instructor.
The four students that took the NREMT-Paramedic exam passed the first time, when the national average for first time pass rate is about 74 percent. Since this group of students passed their exam, the next step was to begin their careers. They are all now working in the paramedicine field in different counties: Dustin Hart, Colquitt County Emergency Medical Services (EMS); Jessica Thompson, Grady County EMS; Paul Knajdek, Dougherty County EMS; and Adam Fraiser, Genesis EMS in Thomas County.
“Pearl S. Buck said, ‘The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.’ The graduates of the Paramedicine program have achieved excellence by all passing the National Registry of Paramedic State Boards. Congratulations to the graduates and to their instructor, Melissa Pullen, for achieving 100 percent board pass rate. May you enjoy the career which you know very well,” Dr. Annie McElroy, vice president of Academic Affairs.
According to the US Department of Labor “employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies such as car crashes, natural disasters, and violence will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. There will also continue to be demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas.” It also stated that there were approximately 226,500 EMT and paramedic jobs in the United States in 2010 and the median annual income was $30,360.
The Paramedicine associate of applied science degree program, which can be completed in five semesters, prepares students to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge to be part of a comprehensive EMS response team, under medical oversight. They will be prepared for employment in paramedic positions in today’s health services field, while it also possessing learning skills that introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.
SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Veterinary Technology, and Criminal Justice Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.