The Pathway to Paramedicine Program offers secondary school students with an interest in the paramedic disciple a unique opportunity to gain insight into the profession and the training required. This study aimed to evaluate the secondary school students’ perspectives of the program.
This pilot intervention study with paper based survey included 14 secondary school students enrolled in the Pathway to Paramedicine Program at Monash University, Victoria. The evaluation survey consisted of a combination of Likert and free text questions.
All 13 Likert scale items received a median score of 4 (agree) or above. Ten items achieved a maximum median score of 5 (strongly agree). Nine items received a positive score of 4 or 5 from all students. Participants also indicated they gained insight into the disciple and confidence in their own skills. Fifty percent of Year 12 participants enrolled in paramedic degrees in 2014.
This study gave secondary school students valuable insight into paramedic practice and helped them make a decision about their future education and career paths. The results showed that the secondary school students had a tremendously positive perspective of the Pathway to Paramedic program, enjoyed and appreciated their interaction with paramedic student mentors and would recommend the program to others.
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