Paramedic Science, across the nation, is a very demanding course to get a place on. I chose the University of Suffolk as I was excited to be part of a newly formed course and to see it develop over the three years. Suffolk, as a relatively rural area, provides me with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoor environment, within walking distance of the university campus.
The Paramedic profession is in an exciting phase, as a relatively new profession there are numerous projects being undertaken to increase the role of the paramedic within the wider health-service. With opportunities to work on a helicopter, in an accident emergency department, or within primary care, I found the near-endless career path’s quite appealing and the University provides a four week elective placement period to work within these areas.
As part of the course, year two consists of the Pharmacology module which I have found to be the most interesting. This involves knowing all of the drugs a paramedic can autonomously administer, including dosages and how these work at cellular level, but also common medications that our patient’s in the community take. This was of particular interest to me as paramedics give medications that will help patients within a short time frame, and it is quite satisfying to see a patient in a much better condition than when you first arrive.
On the course you are surrounded by fellow students who are equally motivated and interested in the subject, which makes for an enjoyable day to day experience. It also gives you someone to talk to who understands the stresses of going out to difficult situations and emergencies which may not always have had the best outcome.
The best advice before undertaking a paramedic science degree is to know what you are getting yourself into, it isn’t all traumas, road traffic collisions and cardiac arrests. There is a lot of social care and dealing with minor medical complaints, which can catch you off guard when a serious emergency does crop up.
Outside of the university I am an Army Reservist, working as a Combat Medical Technician, which nicely interlinks with my university studies, as knowledge and experience can be used from both.