There are 65 not-for-profit private and public schools in the state of Kansas, and 7 of them offer the paramedic programs described below. All of the paramedic training programs available in Kansas lead to the award of an associate's degree and include general education courses as part of their curriculum. Students may have the opportunity to complete fieldwork experiences, if not internships. Evening classes maybe offered by some schools.
Barton County Community College
Barton County Community College offers students the chance to earn an associate's degree in paramedic studies in the city of Great Bend. This is a 72-credit-hour program. In addition to anatomy and physiology courses, students have to take at least 4 paramedic courses to complete this program. The paramedic classes alone make up 56 credits.
Coffeyville Community College
Students residing near Coffeyville can attend a paramedic associate's program at Coffeyville Community College. To graduate from the program, students need a 2.0 GPA or higher in their 64 semester hours of coursework. In this school's paramedic curriculum, students can learn about operations and management for emergency medical services, advanced cardiac life support, advanced practical skills and clinical applications. There are also electives in areas like pediatric education and neonatal resuscitation.
Cowley County Community College
A paramedic program can be found at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City. Students can pick between the 12-month class option and the 16-month class option. The 12-month program is intended for students who want to attend courses during the daytime, while the 16-month program is conducted in the evenings. Students in the 16-month program can also take some courses online. Students are expected to display the psychomotor and cognitive skills necessary to work as a paramedic upon graduation from this program.
Garden City Community College
Located in Garden City, this community college offers a paramedic associate's program and awards two types of degrees: an Associate of Applied Science or an Associate of Science. The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions accredits this program. Students can take coursework in trauma, pharmacology, cardiology, medical terminology and interpersonal communication. A field internship and clinical rotations are also necessary for graduation.
Hutchinson Community College
This school in Hutchinson offers an Associate in Applied Science program for aspiring paramedics. The general education portion of the program goes over technical writing, public speaking, Spanish, sociology, business mathematics, physiology and anatomy. In each of the program's 4 semesters, students also take a paramedic class worth 14-15 credits. Students at this school have access to an ambulance, an emergency room and a lab, all located on-site.
Johnson County Community College
Would-be paramedics can pursue an associate's degree at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. This program has selective admission, and there are limited enrollment opportunities. Students that are accepted into the program start their coursework in spring, and then attend classes in summer and fall until they graduate from the program in December. In the program, students are educated on IV fluid and medication administration, defibrillation, cardiac monitoring and ambulance service.
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Located in Kansas City, this school has a paramedic associate's program that includes 480 field internship hours, 442 clinical hours, 168 laboratory hours and 254 hours of didactic content. In total, roughly 87-88 credit hours have to be earned to graduate from this paramedic program. Space in this program is limited.
Before practicing as a paramedic, applicants must first become basic emergency medical technicians and then obtain an education from a state-approved paramedic program. From there, paramedics must pass a state examination. After meeting the necessary requirements, paramedics are then licensed and can practice in the state of Kansas. Each of the schools profiled in this article satisfies the state's licensing requirements.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Paramedic Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Barton County Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Paramedic Associate in Applied Science||$3,584|
|Coffeyville Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Paramedic Associate in Applied Science|| $2,304 (in-state)
|Cowley County Community College||2-year, public; distant town||Paramedic Associate of Applied Science|| $3,000 (in-district)
|Garden City Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| EMT-Paramedic Associate of Applied Science,
EMT-Paramedic Associate of Science
| $3,240 (in-state)
|Hutchinson Community College||2-year, public; distant town||Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science-Paramedic|| $3,200 (in-district)
|Johnson County Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science-Mobile Intensive Care Technician (Paramedic)|| $2,790 (in-district)
|Kansas City Kansas Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Paramedic Associate in Applied Science|| $3,120 (in-district)
Source: *NCES College Navigator.