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Emergency Medical Services
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“I am very impressed with the paramedic students at Crowder College…VERY impressed!”
— Summer Lokey, RN, Integris Grove Hospital
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.
Crowder EMS Education graduates will be able to provide basic and advanced life support to all age groups and populations under the direction of a physician in the emergency setting. Extensive didactic instruction, skill competency, field/hospital rotations and internship experiences will be completed to provide the student with the foundational knowledge and skills to successfully attain National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic certification and state licensure. The goal of Crowder’s paramedic program is to produce competent, entry level paramedics to serve in career and volunteer positions.
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
PARAMEDIC PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Crowder College offers day programs which provide comprehensive instruction involving paramedic and other emergency medical service education.
Crowder College’s EMS Education department offers two paramedic programs: the traditional (on-ground) program, which begins every August, and the hybrid program (part online, part on-ground) which is offered twice a year: once in January, and again in August. The hybrid paramedic program is recommended for international and other distant-learning students, and, for those who have busy lifestyles that disallow participation in scheduled classes.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT) AND A PARAMEDIC (NRP?)
EMTs usually complete a course (such as Crowder College’s) that is about 125-200 hours in length. Paramedic courses can be between 1,200 to 1,800 hours. EMT and paramedic courses consist of lectures, hands-on skills training, and clinical and/or field internships. EMTs are educated in many skills including CPR, giving patients oxygen, administering glucose for diabetics, and helping others with treatments for asthma attacks or allergic reactions. With very few exceptions, such as in the case of auto-injectors for allergic reactions, EMTs are not allowed to provide treatments that requires breaking the skin: that means no needles.
Paramedics are advanced providers of emergency medical care and are highly educated in topics such as anatomy and physiology, cardiology, medications, and medical procedures. They build on their EMT education and learn more skills such as administering medications, starting intravenous lines, providing advanced airway management for patients, and learning to resuscitate and support patients with significant problems such as heart attacks and traumas. Paramedic education programs can range 12-24 months in length. For more information on the roles of EMT’s and Paramedics, click on the link(s) below.
This program consists of five, eight-week college semesters totaling 42 credit hours. The first three eight-week blocks are completed in the classroom and laboratory setting. The fourth and fifth eight-week blocks include skills training and clinical internships. In addition to obtaining Paramedic Certification, interested Paramedic Candidates can choose to pursue the Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Paramedicine. For the suggested plan of study, please click here: Paramedic Plan of Study
By enrolling in the traditional paramedic program, students agree to travel to Southwest Missouri for all clinical rotations with whom Crowder College has contractual agreements. Out-of-state clinical partners, other than those already established by Crowder College in bordering states, will not be pursued.
At the completion of the clinical hours, Paramedic Candidates will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Paramedic Exam (NRP). Both the traditional and Hybrid Crowder College Paramedic Programs include over 1100 program hours as follows:
600 didactic classroom hours
320 hospital internship hours
260 field internship hours
PREREQUISITES FOR PROGRAM
Must be at least 18 years of age to enter the program
High school diploma or GED
NREMT certification and current Missouri EMT Licensure
Verification of negative TB skin test and Hepatitis B series
Physical examination (form may be found in application to the program)
Three letters of recommendation
College placement testing score: Accuplacer Reading score of 250 or ACT of 18
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMTP) 225*: 9 credit hours
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMTP) 230*: 9 credit hours
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMTP) 235*: 9 credit hours
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMTP) 240*: 9 credit hours
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMTP) 250 (Capstone): 6 credit hours
*Denotes classes that embed “high-stakes” exams that require every student to earn a minimum threshold score of 80%.
EMTP 250 (6 CREDIT HOURS)
EMTP 250 is offered both during the summer and fall semesters and is the final phase of the paramedic program. If a student does not want to take EMTP 250 during the summer, this final block can be taken during the fall semester. EMTP 250 has no classroom sessions except for capstone presentations and proctored practice testing (scheduled by each student, not the instructors). The date (one session) for Capstone presentations is TBA and subject to change, although students will receive timely notification of the date capstone projects are due.
Clinical requirements during EMTP 250 include a minimum of 180 hours of field rotations followed by an 80-hour internship and, additional hospital hours, if required. (Average number of total prehospital shifts per week is three, but more may be required). Every student must meet not only the hourly requirements, but also the interventional requirements as outlined in the Paramedic Program Policy and Procedures Manual. Failure to meet the interventional requirements may necessitate additional hours in order to achieve those goals.
There is no “high-stakes” exam during EMTP 250, although the NREMT cognitive exam preparation (aka “Green Light” program) through FISDAP is required. Each student must successfully pass every unit exam and one comprehensive FISDAP exam with a minimum score of 72%. If a 72% is not achieved on ANY unit or comprehensive exam, a remediation plan will be tailored to fit each student’s educational goals and objectives. There is no time frame assigned to the successful completion of the Green Light Program; rather, it is determined by each student’s performances on unit and comprehensive exams. A student is not eligible to sit for the NREMT cognitive exam until the Green Light program has been successfully completed.
WHAT IS A CAPSTONE PROJECT?
Communication skills are vital in the field of paramedicine. In addition to the wide range of technical proficiencies paramedics need to properly diagnose, treat, and provide comfort for patients, they must also appropriately communicate with the people in their care, physicians, nurses, law enforcement officials, firefighters, laypersons and other medical professionals.
A capstone presentation is an opportunity for a paramedic student to demonstrate and communicate their knowledge of a topic relevant to paramedicine. The culminating presentation is given before a selected committee of Crowder employees and a classroom of peers. A student’s capstone presentation should demonstrate his/her ability to synthesize, apply, and share the knowledge and skills acquired during his or her academic experiences at Crowder College.