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    I am studying for the EMT test and need to test into the top 50. If you have taken the test can you give advice on what to focus on and study? Also would love advice on the oral boards as well.
    Thanks!

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    tcc medic program

    hey, i am a graduate of the program. for the written you need to sudy the stuff that is not so common ie: operations, ambulance safety, history of ems, obstetrics, and pediactris. think of things that are not popular topics. everyone focuses on cardio, respiratory, abdominal, and trauma but you need to study uncommon topics.

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    • #3
      tcc medic program

      for the oral, honestly be yourself! mike is the most laid back easy going instructor. will probably ask a question about the best invention of all time and why? honestly the best thing to do is to set up an appointment and go in a talk to him! he loves enthusiastic go getters!!

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      • #4
        I would buy the Rapid fire EMT study questions. it's all about repitition. Good luck on your exam. It has been my experience that those who put in the time are rewarded.
        Paul Lepore
        Division Chief
        Aspiringfirefighters.com
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        • #5
          Are they still doing rise-alongs with Rural Metro?
          If so, can you go to school somewhere else?
          Not bein a total smart-***, just seems like the RM guys in Pierce County see nada in terms of critical pts- fire takes everything ALS with a few exceptions.
          TFD, Central Pierce, Lakewood, Gig Harbour all do their own ALS, so not sure where RM has a primary ALS contract anymore. Maybe way out in the sticks?
          Seems like the local RM guys get maybe 1 live tube in the field a year if they are very lucky. Otherwise they take what fire doesn't want/BLS, start a line and do the horizontal taxi.
          Have you looked at Oregon Health Science? Or Central? Or anywhere else?

          Good Luck!

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          • #6
            Are they still doing ride-alongs with Rural Metro?
            If so, can you go to school somewhere else?
            Not bein a total smart-***, just seems like the RM guys in Pierce County see nada in terms of critical pts- fire takes everything ALS with a few exceptions.
            TFD, Central Pierce, Lakewood, Gig Harbour all do their own ALS, so not sure where RM has a primary ALS contract anymore. Maybe way out in the sticks?
            Seems like the local RM guys get maybe 1 live tube in the field a year if they are very lucky. Otherwise they take what fire doesn't want/BLS, start a line and do the horizontal taxi.
            Have you looked at Oregon Health Science? Or Central? Or anywhere else?

            Good Luck!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by medicboi1427 View Post
              hey, i am a graduate of the program. for the written you need to sudy the stuff that is not so common ie: operations, ambulance safety, history of ems, obstetrics, and pediactris. think of things that are not popular topics. everyone focuses on cardio, respiratory, abdominal, and trauma but you need to study uncommon topics.
              Thank you for the feedback! I've been studying my EMT-B book like crazy and am starting to focus my time on prepping for the interview! I know a few medics who went through the TCC program 10 years ago and said it was an amazing program.

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              • #8
                TCC sends their students to quite a few departments. My department usually gets 2-3 a quarter and they ride at other departments in the county as well as Pierce and Thurston Counties.

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                • #9
                  Dont Waste your time with COCC.. Central Oregon Community College. Their EMS program is not even accredited... I would look into Chemeketa Community College in Salem. You can finish with a Fire degree and Paramedic in 3yrs...

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                  • #10
                    Any last minute advice on the TCC entry test??? Taking it today Wonder how many people applied this year.

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                    • #11
                      I took the test yesterday as well. Wanna talk about it?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by adouglas1987 View Post
                        I took the test yesterday as well. Wanna talk about it?
                        How do you think you did? The week wait is going to kill me

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                        • #13
                          I think I did ok a couple questions threw me off. I looked up some stuff from the dot curriculum and found out I was wrong. I am stressing as well. How did you do?

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                          • #14
                            Letters go out today! I think good, but it's hard to tell when they take the top 50 if the score will be goo enough. I'm hoping we get the letter tomorrow and not Monday.

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                            • #15
                              I got an email saying they will be sending out results may 6th now fyi

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