Missouri has 105 public and private, not-for-profit educational institutions, and roughly 17 of them have EMT training programs. These programs may award a certificate or associate's degree, or may be non-degree. Some schools only offer programs once a year. Classes may be available in the evenings. In these programs, students get hands-on training through internships, fieldwork and simulator use.
EMT and paramedic programs can be found in Neosho at Crowder College. The EMT program takes a single semester to complete, which is roughly 16 weeks. Students can choose between daytime and nighttime classes. In the EMT course, students must meet requirements outside of coursework, such as acquiring four hours in a 911 call center and 36 ambulance hours. The paramedic program can be taken in a certificate format or as part of an associate's degree program. In the program's curriculum, students study special populations, neurologic emergencies, cardiovascular emergencies, environmental emergencies and patient assessment.
Drury University in Springfield allows students to take an associate's degree program for emergency medical technicians. This is a 64-credit hour program. The EMT portion of the program is 40 hours, while general education requirements like mathematics, communication, English, government/politics, physiology and anatomy are met in 24 credit hours.
East Central College
Students in Union at East Central College can obtain a Certificate of Achievement in Paramedic Technology or an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology degree. Patient and ambulance simulators are located on campus for students to use as learning tools. In the first semester, students take clinical and lecture EMT courses before moving onto introduction classes on paramedic technology. Pediatric life support, cardiac life support and pre-hospital trauma life support can also be studied here.
Jefferson College in Hillsboro has programs that result in an emergency medical technology and paramedic certificate or an associate's degree. The Missouri Division of Health - Bureau of Emergency Medical Services accredits these programs. They include courses in emergency medical technology, pre-paramedic training and introductory as well as advanced paramedic skills.
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
Kansas City has the Metropolitan Community College, which offers a basic EMS class as well as associate's degree and certificate options for paramedic majors. The basic EMS course is eight credits, while the paramedic certificate program is 48 credits. It takes 25 additional credits to earn the associate's degree program for paramedics. Students at this school can learn to manage airways, deliver medications, issue intravenous injections and assess patients.
Missouri Southern State University
Students can enroll in an EMT program or a paramedic program and earn either a certificate or Bachelor's at the Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. In the EMT program, students get to combine clinical experiences with classroom lectures and students. The program starts up every fall, and it continues for three semesters. Students in the EMT program and the paramedic certification program can work with nearby trauma centers and emergency medical service organizations as part of their program's curriculum.
Ozarks Technical Community College
Program options for paramedics and EMTs are pursuable at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield. The EMT both basic and intermediate classes here typically are offered in both the fall and spring. The coursework is designed to help students understand how to recognize health problems in a patient, then administer emergency treatment for trauma, injuries and illnesses. Local internships are required as part of the graduation process for the EMT programs.
Saint Louis Community College
Specialization certificates are available for emergency medical technology major in Saint Louis at the local community college. The certificate of specialization program is only 16 credit hours to finish. Although these programs mostly focus on basic support, students can learn about some of the advanced procedures used in emergency medical services. Equipment used in rescue vehicles, ambulances and emergency rooms is also part of the programs' curriculums.
St. Charles Community College
Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science degree at St. Charles Community College in Cottleville. The curriculum for this program is split with 30 credit hours dedicated to major requirements and 31 credit hours focused on general education. This school has participation agreements with the St. Charles County Ambulance District and the RespondRight EMS Academy Educational Division.
Three Rivers Community College
Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff is home to certificate and associate's degree options for paramedics as well as a short-term certificate in emergency medical services. The emergency medical services certificate options here include an EMT-Basic class, an EMT refresher course and a first responder class. The paramedic options offer several emergency medical services classes and internship opportunities.
Basic emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics have different levels of state licensing. To become a paramedic, an applicant must first become an EMT. The state licensing requirements in Missouri for these careers include passing an approved and accredited training program and then pass practical and written licensing examinations.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Training Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Crowder College||2-year, public; distant town|| EMT Program,
Paramedic Program (AAS & Certificate)
| $2,856 (in-district),
|Drury University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science||$28,515*|
|East Central College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Certificate of Achievement in Paramedic Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology
| $2,592 (in-district),
|Jefferson College||2-year, public; rural fringe|| Emergency Medical Technology and Paramedic Certificate,
Emergency Medical Technology and Paramedic Associate's Degree
| $3,330 (in-district),
|Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City||2-year, public; large city|| EMT-Paramedic Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in EMT-Paramedic
| $3,120 (in-district),
|Missouri Southern State University||4-year, public; small city|| Emergency Medical Technician Certificate,
Bachelor of Science in Health Science-Paramedic
| $6,503 (in-state),
|Ozarks Technical Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Certificate of Specialization in Emergency Medical Technician
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in EMT-Paramedic
| $3,392 (in-district),
|Saint Louis Community College||2-year, public; large city||Certificate of Specialization in Emergency Medical Technology|| $3,315 (in-district),
|St. Charles Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science|| $2,664 (in-district),
|Three Rivers Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| Emergency Medical Technician Short-Term Certificate,
Paramedic One-Year Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic
| $3,960 (in-district),
Source: *NCES College Navigator