The paramedic education program covers all emergency medical concepts and techniques currently considered to be within the responsibilities of the paramedic (EMT-P) providing emergency care in a pre-hospital setting as set forth by the Unit of Emergency Medical Services of the State of Missouri. This program meets or exceeds course requirements established by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Missouri Unit of Emergency Medical Services. The education program will also cover topics related to the future trends and care methodologies in emergency medicine.
This course provides the necessary education and experience to prepare the student for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Certification process. The paramedic provides advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care under medical command authority to acutely ill or injured patients and/or transports patients by ambulance or other emergency vehicle. The paramedic assumes the role of the leader of patient care, and must manage not only the patient, but the scene at which care is taking place. The paramedic might perform other medical services under medical direction outside the hospital environment. The paramedic should be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of abilities and limitations.
- Have the ability to relate to people.
- Have the capacity to make rational patient care decisions under stress.
- Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
To fulfill the role of the paramedic, an individual must be able to:
- Recognize a medical emergency, assess the situation, manage emergency medical care, and coordinate efforts with those agencies that may be involved in the care and transportation of the patient.
- Meet the needs of the patient’s family and significant others to decrease their state of anxiety.
- Assign priorities to emergency treatment for the designated medical command authority.
- Record and communicate pertinent data to the designated medical command authority.
- Initiate and continue emergency medical care under medical control, including the recognition of presenting conditions, initiation of appropriate treatments, and assessment of the response of the patient to that treatment, modifying medical therapy as directed.
- Exercise personal judgement in cases where medical direction is interrupted by communication failure or in cases of immediate life-threatening conditions and provide such emergency medical care as has been specifically authorized in advance.
- Direct and coordinate the transport of the patient by selecting the best available method(s) in conjunction with medical command authority.
- Record, in writing or by data entry, the details related to the patient's emergency medical care and the incident.
- Direct the maintenance and preparation of emergency medical care equipment and supplies.
- Completed Application (including essay, reference letters and non-refundable registration fee)
- Be 18 years of age.
- High school diploma or G.E.D.
- Current health insurance.
- Be of good mental and physical health and able to lift and carry 100 to 150 lbs.
- Be a U.S. Citizen or have a legal right to work in the U.S.
- Have a valid email address and regular access to a computer
- Current HealthCare Provider CPR Certification
- Current Missouri EMT License
- Anatomy and Physiology Preferred
- Family Care Safety Registration- http://health.mo.gov/safety/fcsr/forms.php . May be completed online: http://www.health.mo.gov/safety/fcsr/pdf/registrationinstructions.pdf
- Entrance Exam- Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET)- Comprehensive score >60%
- Current Medical Liability Insurance (submitted after acceptance into program)
- Immunizations/Health Screenings (submitted after acceptance into program):
- Mantoux Tuberculin (Tb) Skin Testing
- If > 2 yrs since last Tb test, need 2 Tb tests at least one week apart
- Must be annually tested once every 12 months after initial 2 step testing
- Hepatitis B/Heptavax Series in progress or verification of completion (series of 3- must have at least #2 prior to having patient contact)
- MMR- Positive Titers with dates listed for measles, mumps, rubella OR documentation of 2 immunizations (one after 1980)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) 2 vaccines one month apart or positive titer
- 14 Panel Urine Drug Screen- Negative within nine months from the start of class, may be subject to additional screenings during course
- Flu Vaccination (If unable to receive vaccine due to documented allergic reaction, must submit “Immunization Allergic Reaction Form”)
- Tetanus Diptheria (Td) or (Tdap) Documented within 10 years
Typically- one day per week. 14-01-EMTPI- Wednesdays from 8:30-5:00 for 59 weeks, specialized training sessions may be held on selected weekends or other times (to be announced).
The EMTPI also includes approximately 610 hours of Clinical Rotation experience outside of class.
ACE CREDIT RECOMMENDATION:
54 semester hours in the vocational certificate or in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, (37 semester hours in Paramedic Science [26 hours lecture, 6 hours clinical and 5 hours field experience] and 17 semester hours in Allied Health.
IMPORTANT: After submitting your completed application - Email: EMSEducation@health.missouri.eduto schedule your Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET).