The School of Health Sciences and the Department of Emergency Medical Services offer an intense, rigorous certificate program preparing students to challenge the National Registry (NREMT) examination for Paramedic registration. The program is closely integrated with area Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Centers. Classroom instruction is supplemented by clinical and field experience. The program meets through three (3) consecutive semester periods beginning each fall semester.
The most advanced level of training for this occupation is Paramedic. At this level, the caregiver receives training in anatomy and physiology as well as advanced medical skills. Pre-hospital care is vital in the treatment and transport of patients. In addition to EMT skills, paramedics administer medications orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs), perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other diagnostic equipment. The program at MSSU begins with the fall semester each year and concludes at the end of the summer semester. The course of study is rigorous and students should be prepared to attend regularly scheduled classes and complete various clinical rotations. The clinical hours will be scheduled based on the service or hospital shift times which will include night, overnight and weekend hours. Successful completion of the Paramedic course of study will prepare the graduate to take the NREMT examination to become certified as a Paramedic.
The program meets all requirements of the National Standard Curriculum maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Department of Emergency Medical Services is an accredited training entity for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Unit of Emergency Medical Services.
Students seeking additional information about the Paramedic program should contact the MSSU Director of EMS programs. Application Information-Paramedic