During the coronavirus pandemic, frontline healthcare professionals have been challenged like never before and there often aren’t enough of them to meet demand. In Alabama and across the nation, this demand is extended to Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics workers who are actively recruiting young professionals. To get a better idea of how these healthcare professionals are trained, a local TV station featured the EMT-Paramedic program at Herzing University’s Birmingham campus on one of its morning shows.
In the segment, Leo Deason, Chair of the EMT/Paramedic Program, showed the new simulation labs for the EMT and paramedic programs at the newly renovated Birmingham campus. He discussed how students are trained and described the increased hiring interest from employers for EMTs and paramedics during the pandemic.
Herzing University-Birmingham has had consistently strong demand from the Birmingham area and beyond. The campus trains nearly 1 in 4 of all new paramedics in Alabama each year and offers a quick pathway into an EMS career. Herzing’s EMT-Paramedic diploma program can be completed in as few as 16 months and the associate degree in as few as 20 months. Both programs ultimately lead to certification and licensure in the state of Alabama.