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EMTs getting more training to become paramedics

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SALEM, VA - EMTs looking for more training have a chance for a higher level of learning. It's called a paramedic bridge program.

American National University started classes this week. It gives EMTs training to become a paramedic where they are able to give more treatments like starting iv's, giving more medication and putting in breathing tubes.

The intermediate EMT certificate is being phased out on a national level so if people left the state they may need a higher level of training

It's not being phased out in virginia where there are about 3,100 intermediate level certificates and about 5,300 paramedics.

"It's always rewarding when you see someone later down the road that you've helped that's recovered from their illness, car accident or for whatever reason they called 911," said Scott Grant, an ANU student.

Jefferson College has offered the bridge program for years.  The next round starts in June and they will take 24 students. Students will take the national test the following May. Jefferson College says with the intermediate certificate no longer being a national standard there's a potential for medicare payments to be reduced to people who provide the service but it's not clear how that will affect Virginia yet.
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