Effective October 31, 2016, the Department of Health and Senior Services adopted state regulations (see 19 CSR 30-40.331, 30-40.342) to recognize EMS training and experience obtained during military service. These regulations ONLY apply to military members who are on active duty or have been honorably discharged from all branches of the Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves.
The objective of Missouri’s regulatory changes are to provide EMS training entities the ability assess one’s EMS training and experience received through military service, potentially apply some or all of this training toward civilian training requirements and reduce the time required to complete training for a higher level of civilian licensure.
In order to be eligible, the individual must complete the Missouri Bureau of EMS application process and obtain a license as an EMT-Basic within two (2) years after honorable discharge or during active duty. Please pay particular attention to item numbers 6 or 7 on the application form. For more information on how to submit an application to the Bureau of EMS, go here:
The applicant must attach two (2) completed FBI applicant fingerprint cards and a copy of the respective DD214, NG22 or Common Access Card.
Upon verification and successful processing of the application, the Bureau of EMS will issue an “EMT-Basic-United States Armed Forces” license to the applicant.
At any time during active duty and/or up to two (2) years after honorable discharge, the holder of the valid EMT-Basic-USAF license may present their license to Crowder College EMS Education personnel and have their EMS knowledge, skills and abilities assessed for advanced placement into our Paramedic training program. Usually, but not always, this assessment will include summative examinations, skills assessment/testing, a review of certifications held (e.g., ACLS, PHTLS, TCCC, PALS), interviews with members of our department and degree of work experience. Because these types of applicants are uncommon, applications and review processes will be conducted on a case-by-case basis.
Due to the variables described above, it necessarily follows that not every candidate will receive the same placement or in some cases, guaranteed advanced placement. The final decision regarding level of placement, if any, will lie with the individual instructor, program director, or both.
To apply for Crowder College’s EMS Advanced Placement Program, print off the application to the paramedic program here: Paramedic Application. The application must also include a copy of the applicant’s DD 214, NG22, or Common Access Card, along with three letters of reference, a current CPR card (AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers required), immunization history, and any other certifications received during the applicant’s medical training.
Upon successful completion of Crowder College’s Paramedic Program, the individual will be approved to test with the NREMT.
For further information regarding the EMT-Basic-USAF Paramedic Training Entity Accommodations, please contact Kristin Spencer at Paramedic@crowder.edu or call (417) 455-5505.