August 1, 2023

LRCC is offering a new opportunity in paramedic education, supported through a Congressionally Funded Community Projects program. The new Paramedic Emergency Medicine Initiative (PEMI) at LRCC will cover approximately $8,000 per student for the one-year Paramedic certificate program, leaving only $4,700 in remaining fees for the student to manage, including potentially through other forms of available financial assistance. This remarkable initiative reflects the college’s commitment to eliminate financial barriers for those pursuing careers in emergency services, an area of acute need in New Hampshire.

The one-year Paramedic certificate program is designed for firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) or Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMT) looking to further their education and career. The certificate will include more than 1,200 hours of theory and hands-on experience in a lab, in various medical environments, and within ambulance services.

“The pandemic exposed underlying gaps in our healthcare system, including a shortage of emergency response professionals in New Hampshire,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “I’m thrilled to see the federal funding that I secured to help kickstart Lakes Region Community College’s Paramedic Emergency Medicine Initiative. This funding will eliminate many of the financial barriers facing students pursuing careers in emergency services and will ultimately strengthen our state’s healthcare services.”

LRCC’s comprehensive one-year Paramedic certificate is ready to conclude its first year, and the results have been nothing short of inspiring. Ten new paramedics will be certified and launched into the community, equipped with the necessary skills to make a profound impact in emergency healthcare services.  The success of this program inspired LRCC to seek financial assistance for future student enrollment as the need for first responders remains high.

“New Hampshire is showing tremendous support for our mission to bolster the ranks of dedicated paramedics, and we couldn’t be prouder to be at the forefront of this initiative,” said Todd Robinson, associate professor of Fire Technologies & EMS at LRCC. “If you are eager to make a real difference in your community, and envision a rewarding and lucrative career, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Launching your journey toward a fulfilling career as a paramedic has never been more feasible.”

With classes scheduled to commence on August 29, EMTs who aspire to further their career as a paramedic are encouraged to seize this unique chance to advance within the ranks of dedicated healthcare professionals.

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