Emergency Medical Services

The Crowder College’s EMS program is accredited by the State of Missouri, Bureau of EMS Division (BEMS) and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).  CoAEMSP accreditation expires September 2017 and is the only accrediting body for EMS programs recognized  by the NREMT. While graduates of non-accredited schools are currently allowed to take the national certification exam, this practice will end in 2013. After that, only students from accredited schools will be allowed to sit for these exams.

“I am very impressed with the paramedic students at Crowder College…VERY impressed!”
— Summer Lokey, RN, Integris Grove Hospital

Congratulations to paramedic student Steffan Newcomb, the winner of the 2014 Capstone Project. His video is entitled “Dealing With Stress After an MCI.” Great job, Steffan!
VIDEO: 2014 Capstone Project


The Paramedic Program at Crowder College is designed to prepare the student to take the national Registry examination for Paramedic certification.


Paramedic Program participants learn to:

  • Provide competent clinical pre-hospital care to the ill or injured
  • Master skills and concepts essential to the operation of EMS systems and other agencies
  • Interact effectively with other health-care professionals and patients
  • Link theoretical and practical experience and knowledge of health care with specific application to EMS


Crowder College is an accredited Paramedic Training Program certified by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The College offers day programs which provide comprehensive instruction involving paramedic and other emergency medical service education. Beginning Fall 2013 the program will be offered with the book portion ONLINE with a subsequent 14 week clinical block to be held in the Joplin/Neosho region. This will allow someone who is currently working or International students to complete the classroom portion online and then attend the clinical portion as means of providing convenience for those leading a busy lifestyle.

A certified Paramedic is authorized, under the direction of a command physician, to provide Advanced Life Support services including rescue, triage, treatment and transport of emergency patients.

Students learn to provide critical pre-hospital care to ill or injured patients; to master skills essential to the coordination and management of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) systems; and to interact effectively with health care professionals.

Paramedics provide the first-line treatment essential at accident scenes and in other emergency situations. They are vital to the well being of the community and need superior training and preparation to properly do their demanding job. Those involved in emergency medical situations can get the quality education they need at Crowder College without leaving the region.


Paramedic Program begins in August and is completed in May (2 semesters)
Approximately 1,100 hours will be spent in hospital, classroom and field rotations including ER, OR, CICU, CCU, Pediatrics, Labor and Delivery, RT, and ambulance rotations in Joplin, Monett, Anderson, Miami, OK and Neosho. Program includes ACLS and PALS. Must have valid Missouri EMT license, and pass criminal background check. COMPASS and/or ACT required, High School Diploma or GED, and successful completion of interview.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age to enter the program
  • Current EMT Licensure
  • Admission to the program (Paramedic Application) – Current AHA Healthcare Provider Level CPR
  • Verification of negative TB skin test and Hepatitis B series
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition is a flat fee of $4250. This does not include the  cost of your books, uniforms, name badges and other associated fees.


Paramedical Science AAS Degree Requirements

Paramedical Science AAS Recommended Plan of Study

Paramedic Certificate Requirements

Paramedic Certificate Recommended Plan of Study

For more information contact, Kristin Spencer,
EMT/Paramedic Program Director, 417-455-5505

Salvaged car generously donated by Poore’s Salvage, Neosho, Missouri


First Semester (Fall)
Introduction to EMS
Anatomy & Physiology & Pathophysiology
IV & Meds
Respiratory Emergencies
Cardiovascular Emergencies
Neurologic Emergencies

Second Semester (Spring)
Special populations
Neonatal & Pediatric Emergencies
Clinical Experience
Environmental Emergencies
Allergies & Anaphylaxis