My major is Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. I am already an EMT-Basic. My program's workload is heavy and quite taxing. There is so much we as students must learn about the human body and the advanced care that paramedics provide. Emergency medications, cardiac rhythms, life-saving procedures, and patient assessments are a few of the things that we have to learn as a paramedic student. It is important to retain and be comfortable with this information because if we aren't comfortable and know what we are doing, people's lives are at stake. As a paramedic student, I have 10 hours of school each week consisting of 8 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab (on average). Each class, we have a quiz over emergency medications and procedures. We have a cumulative final at the end of each semester. Our facilities include a lecture classroom and a lab consisting of CPR mannequins, intubation mannequins, IV mannequins, a cardiac rhythm simulator, a medication box (all medications containing normal saline to practice calculating and drawing the correct amount of medication), and a simulator of the back of an ambulance containing a camera so the rest of the class can observe while a group is in the back of the simulator. The quality of education we receive at Rend Lake College's paramedic program is top notch. It has made me a better EMT & I feel I will excel as a paramedic because of this program. Our instructors are available to us through Blackboard & e-mail. Our instructors are also willing to arrive early to lecture or stay after to go over information and skills with us. My paramedic program is unique because of all of the lab opportunities we have that I listed above. This program focuses on preparing us for taking care of patient's in the real world, which is very valuable. During our time enrolled in the paramedic program, we are required to do 85 hours of hospital clinicals and 85 hours of ambulance clinicals in order to move on to the next semester.