Our partner schools
We receive a majority of our ES students from ASUR or ESAMB here at Swiss Ambulance Rescue, but we are open to all partnerships. There is also the possibility of taking the federal Ambulance Technician exam in Bern.
Even though each school awards the same diploma, the content and conduct of the courses are individual to each school.
Training consists of two levels, the first allowing access into the second. The first level delivers ambulance technician certification. This takes place throughout a year, with 760 hours of theoretical and practical education within the school, followed by 164 specific internship hours within a hospital setting, and ending with 840 in-field hours with a paramedical team. In most cases, students are employed within a company and training therefore takes place on the job. There is also the possibility of being placed in an internship by the school for two periods of 6 months each.
The second level allows the student to receive ES paramedic certification. This lasts for two years on the job, or otherwise requires 1,359 hours of theoretical and practical education within the school, 574 specific internship hours within a hospital setting, and 1,599 in-field hours with a paramedical team.
There are three ways to complete the training:
- 3-year continuing training plan with direct succession between the first and the second ear
- 3-year training plan with a break between the first and second year to work as an ambulance technician, followed by reintegration in the second year.
- 1-year training plan to obtain Swiss ambulance technician certification and work within a company; following training is not an objective.
Training is a 3-year full-time commitment. It takes place in the following manner: 1,746 hours of theoretical and practical education within or outside the school, followed by 1,080 internship hours within a hospital setting, and 1,404 pre-hospital internship hours. ESAMB offers education conducted by leading professionals in their field (paramedics, doctors, nurses, psychologists, lawyers, etc.) and other search and rescue partners (firefighters, police officers, air rescue pilots), in a wide-range of courses such as morphology, physiology, physiopathology, and pharmacology.
In addition, practical workshops within or outside the school and internships with paramedical teams, nursing homes, hospitals (in multiple units like anesthesiology, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, intensive care, or ER), or the 144 central emergency call unit are available to students. About 50% of all training is therefore done in the field.
- Must be over 18 years old
- Must hold certification attesting intermediate studies: general baccalaureate, vocational baccalaureate, diploma from intermediate diploma school, federal certificate of proficiency (CFC), or other education deemed equivalent.
- Have an excellent command of both written and spoken French
- Be in possession of a category B driver’s license
- Possess a clean criminal record
- Training is open to candidates residing in cantons that are part of the intercantonal agreement for higher education