Schools in Kansas City, MO, for EMT Training
There are three community colleges where residents of Kansas City, Missouri, and the surrounding area can find EMT programs. All are less than 25 minutes from the city center. This article examines those three schools and explores the EMT programs they offer. There is also a table of information, such as school size, tuition and graduation rates, that could be helpful to students who are looking for the right college.
- Metropolitan Community College is only three miles from downtown and offers a basic EMT training course, as well as certificate and associate's degree programs for aspiring EMT-paramedics.
- Johnson County Community College (JCCC), about 14 miles from Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, features EMT and paramedic mobile intensive care technician certificates (MICT), as well as an associate's degree in emergency medical science.
- About nine miles away is Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC), which provides an associate's degree in paramedic MICT.
Comparison of Schools
The following table contains pertinent information about each of these three schools, and could help individuals make a decision about which one is best for them.
|Metropolitan Community College||Johnson County Community College||Kansas City Kansas Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Undergraduate Enrollment (2017)||14,874*||18,638*||5,825*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsize city||Midsize city|
|Tuition Full-time (2017-2018)|| $3,120 in-district;
| $2,790 in-district;
| $3,248 in-state;
|% of First-Time Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||77%*||60%*||75%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||Open admissions*||Open admissions*||Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate for First-Time Students (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017)|| 55% full-time;
| 67% full-time;
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in 2014||21%*||22%*||27%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Metropolitan Community College
Metropolitan Community College provides EMT training courses and EMT-paramedic certificate and associate's degree programs at its Penn Valley campus in Kansas City. Through these programs, students receive classroom instruction and clinical experience. Students must first complete a basic EMT training course before enrolling in the school's EMT-paramedic programs.
Basic EMT Course
In this 1-semester course, students learn foundational EMT skills, including emergency care, basic life support (BLS), observation of signs and symptoms, and incident management. Training includes field work with local emergency medical services and fire departments, in addition to clinical hospital experience. Students completing the course will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam, which is required in order to apply for state licensure.
Admission is open; however, participants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be at least 18 years old by the end of their training.
Certificate in EMT-Paramedic
The certificate program is 58-65 credit hours. It's designed for licensed EMTs seeking positions as paramedics. Program coursework includes trauma management, emergency cardiology, introductory paramedic care, and paramedic pharmacology. As with the EMT-basic course, clinical experience and field work with local agencies are part of the curriculum. Graduates will have the advanced skills to assess patients, treat injuries and illnesses, and provide airway management, as well as give medications and intravenous therapy (IV). Applicants must pass a background check and a physical exam, and those with one year of field experience are preferred.
Associate of Applied Science in EMT-Paramedic
EMTs may want to pursue a 2-year EMT-paramedic associate's degree. This program is 77-86 credit hours and shares a curriculum with the EMT-paramedic certificate, including clinical and field experiences, with the addition of general education courses. These include science-based topics, such as medical terminology, chemistry, and algebra. Application requirements are the same as for the certificate.
Johnson County Community College
JCCC has offered emergency medical services (EMS) training programs since 1978; today, these programs are provided through the school's Health Science Division. The paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).
Certificate in EMT
Students in this program take 10 credit hours of training and are prepared to become certified EMTs in Kansas. Coursework includes CPR, anatomy, physiology, ethics, and first aid. Skills learned include patient assessment, airway management, documentation, ambulance operation, childbirth techniques, and medical treatment for various illnesses and injuries. Students also participate in field observation and clinical practice, including a simulated vehicle extrication.
Certificate in Paramedic Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT)
To be admitted to this program, applicants must first complete an EMT program, have at least an associate's degree, and have taken college-level anatomy and physiology. The paramedic program consists of four courses, including coursework, a working internship with an ambulance service, and clinical practice in a hospital. Skills learned include heart monitoring, defibrillation, advanced airway management, medication administration, and emergency scene management.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science
This program allows students to earn an associate's degree while receiving paramedic training. Students must be licensed EMTs or enrolled in an EMT class before taking paramedic MICT courses. Anatomy, physiology, and general education courses such as composition and sociology are also required during the first semester.
Kansas City Kansas Community College
KCKCC offers EMS training through the Division of Allied Health and Nursing. Its paramedic program is accredited by CoAEMSP.
Associate in Applied Science in Paramedic MICT
This program is open to EMTs who want to increase their knowledge and become paramedics while earning a degree. Training emphasizes critical thinking, professional demeanor, and physical/technical emergency care skills. The first year includes preparation in relevant science topics, including biology labs. The final year is devoted to paramedic training and covers topics such as paramedic responsibilities, types of injuries/illnesses, medical treatments, ambulance operation, airway management, death and dying, patient histories, and decision-making.