Anybody have any thoughts on which school to take Med PIC? Mitags is two weeks for $2700 and others are 5 to 7 days and much cheaper. Please pass on any experience you have had. Thanks.
If you are going to pay out of your pockect that class, I wouldn’t do it at MITAGS.
Can you provide a little more feedback on why you feel this way?
I took it at MPT last fall. It’s normally a $1,000 and I thought it was a very good course. The guy teaching the class is a old navy corpsman and makes the class relatively fun. Some of the text was old and could probably use an update but for the price it was fine. We spent two days at the Broward ER and got to see all kinds of stuff. 2 gun shots to the head, dislocated shoulder, crazy Flaka users, lots of IVs, sutures, catheters, etc. In class we got to practice on the training equipment giving inter-muscular injections and subcutaneous injections, starting IVs, inserting NG tubes, inserting catheters, and practicing different suturing techniques. MPT offered a discount last summer for $200 off. So it was only $800 when I took it. For me it was a great course and I learned a lot and it was a good refresher for everything that had slipped my mind from med provider 5 years ago. I’m not sure what makes MITAGS worth the extra $1,700. Just my 2 cents.
I agree with going to MPT. I went and thought It was the best bang for the buck. The ER experience was definitely the highlight.
The MPT class sounds awesome.
I would not do 2 weeks in Lithicum Heights. MITAGS is a fine school, but outside of taking the rail to Camden Yards, better to be on the beach to see some beaches in South Florida. MPT for 5 days; outside of GMLASailor’s feedback, I heard the same from multiple sources - all positive.
I’ve heard mitags can have a shit instructor for that class as well.
Another vote for MPT. The instructed is old school bad ass with tons of real world experience.
Yeap, not only the place at MITAGS but the instructor does a shitty job.
MPT is the way to go.
I have taking courses at both, and I feel that at MPT they do better job all around, at least with courses like those.
I took it at Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy in Norfolk. The instructor was also an ex-corpsman. I don’t know if he is still there or not, but like some of the others have said if you are going to travel to take a class you might as well travel to MPT in Ft Lauderdale. MAMA is less than 10 minutes away from my house so I can’t justify going to sunny South Florida.
Took it there as well. That guy was awesome.
I took the three day Medical Care Provider (not PIC) recently at Northeast Maritime in Massachusetts. It was a great class… But when I submitted the certificate to the USCG along with other STCW certs… I got a letter back from the CG saying that the MCP course was not “USCG approved”. WTF? How can you offer a course that is not approved? Tried contacting the school twice and they still haven’t responded…I’ve always liked this school and am really shocked by this!
word is they fired a bunch of people recently, maybe it’s caught up in some regime change? That’s bad news though. Is it on the list of approved course online?
Well it says it meets the STCW requirements…
Pain in the ass because my company paid for the course, and my time to take it…I doubt they will do that again, so I will have to probably retake an approved course on my own dime.
Well the instructor was new… His first class there. He was the local fire chief with 25 years experience…
the CG shows northeast as an approved provider for medical care provider, weird?
Very strange indeed! I hope they can figure something out so I don’t have to sit through the class again.
[QUOTE=fishyluke;181821]I took the three day Medical Care Provider (not PIC) recently at Northeast Maritime in Massachusetts. It was a great class… But when I submitted the certificate to the USCG along with other STCW certs… I got a letter back from the CG saying that the MCP course was not “USCG approved”. WTF? How can you offer a course that is not approved? Tried contacting the school twice and they still haven’t responded…I’ve always liked this school and am really shocked by this![/QUOTE]
NMC’s web page shows the course as being approved, see page 458: http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/courses/docs/approved_courses.pdf (that’s the only access to course info I have as I am not at NMC).
If NMC won’t accept the course, ask them for a “Reconsideration” of that decision (use that word). They will either determine it’s approved and accept it, or that it is not approved and will explain why they can’t accept it.
So I finally heard from the school. It turns out that it had to do with the approval date from the CG. I guess the approval certificate was dated 1 week later than the date I took the course. So she has got the USCG to change the approval date to cover my dates, and given me a certificate to show this… Which I have sent to NMC and am awaiting to hear back from them… Yikes.