Paramedic Admission Requirements
To be considered for admission into the paramedic program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Must be 18 years of age before first class.
- High school diploma or its equivalent.
- Evidence of successful completion of Emergency Medical Technician course.
- Possession of current State of Missouri EMT license, or eligibility and ability to obtain prior to first day of class.
- Maturity of judgment, sound moral character and health status, which provide reasonable assurance that the student will meet the physical and mental demands of the occupation.
- Completion of Para 201 or BIO 121 (or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better. (Beginning August 2013)
- Must submit proof of required immunizations.
- Pass a thorough, department approved background check*.
- Pass a department approved drug and alcohol screening.
- Proof of current health insurance
Paramedic Application Process
Step One: Application
- Apply for admission to Missouri Southern State University.
- Submit a Program Application to the Department of EMS prior to the deadline.
Step Two: Documents
Submit the following documents:
- Proof of current required immunizations/immunity
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Current Influenza
- Tuberculin Test (within 1 year of course completion)
- 1st vaccination in Hepatitis B series
- Current Td (Tetanus/Diptheria) immunization and proof of one time Tdap (Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis)
- American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Provider certification. Class will be offered by the EMS Department prior to beginning of semester.
- Copy of State of Missouri Emergency Medical Technician license or application to obtain one by first day of class.
- Copy of evidence of successful completion of Emergency Medical Technician training
- Official transcript detailing successful completion of Para 201 or Bio 121 or equivalent. (Beginning August 2013)
- Proof of current health insurance
- Three letters of reference
Step Three: Written and Practical Examinations
Applicants will demonstrate competence as an Emergency Medical Technician (Basic). Applicants must pass the equivalent of an Emergency Medical Technician final exam to demonstrate mastery of cognitive objectives. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate competence in practical skills performed at the Emergency Medical Technician level.
Applicants submitting completed applications will be contacted and scheduled for a written and practical examination. Applicants are encouraged to review the practical examination check sheets found on the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians website (https://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/psychomotor_exam_emt.asp) prior to sitting for the examinations.
Step Four: Interview
Applicants satisfactorily completing written and practical examinations will be contacted and scheduled for an interview with program faculty. Upon conditional acceptance to the program, applicant will be required to complete the department approved background check and submit to department approved drug and alcohol screening.
* RSMo 660.317.6 prohibits a hospital from knowingly allowing those guilty of Class A or B felonies as defined by state law to give care to clients in their agency. Students of the Department of EMS are assigned to do clinical practice in cooperating hospitals and because they will be in contact with patients, they must meet these requirements. A criminal record check is required for admission to the Department of Emergency Medical Service programs. Students who have been found guilty of Class A or B felonies will be ineligible to enter the Emergency Medical Service programs.