Hybrid Paramedic Program

Hybrid Paramedic Program

New – On-site cadaver labs provided for both EMT and paramedic students!

The paramedic program at Crowder College provides didactic instruction, clinical experience and field internships to assist students in developing the theoretical and technical skills consistent with the goals and objectives of the 2009 National EMS Education Standards and the 1999 U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic.

This exciting, yet challenging, Hybrid Paramedic Program is designed to afford both United States Domestic and International Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) an excellent educational experience from the comfort of your home. Crowder College EMS Programs are both state and nationally accredited through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and CAAHEP/CoAEMSP, respectively.

“The paramedic students that have rotated thru [sic] our ER are absolutely fabulous and will be superior medics in the field….What an honor and privilege to be able to help them on their way!”
— Patrice Lasiter, RN

If you are an international student and preparing to travel to Crowder College for your clinical rotations, contact EMS Education.


This program consists of five, eight-week college semesters totaling 42 credit hours. The first three eight-week blocks are completed online. 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.

By enrolling in the hybrid paramedic program, students MAY engage in clinical rotations in a hospital and ambulance service geographically convenient to them (this may be the service for which the student currently works, or any other service willing to sign a collaborative agreement with Crowder College’s EMS Education Program.) STUDENTS DO NOT NEED TO RESIDE IN MISSOURI during their clinical rotations, although a brief, on-ground visit for intensive skills training is necessary (usually two weeks).Currently, California, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin do not allow out-of-state paramedic students to engage in clinical rotations within their state. If you live in one of these states, please contact Crowder EMS before applying to the program.

Online instruction using Jones and Bartlett’s virtual classroom, instructor created narrated Power Points, videos, and at times, interactive lectures using GoToWebinar.com.

The last two, 8-week blocks consist of online work, a capstone project and over 500 hours of clinical rotations. Students may use a hospital or ambulance district nearby to complete the required clinical hours, so long as the entity is willing to sign a collaborative agreement with Crowder College. Furthermore, the ambulance district must provide a reliable and accessible point of contact (POC) for Crowder instructors.

Based on historical data submitted by former students, you should anticipate devoting approximately 20-25 hours per week in this program.

At the completion of the clinical hours, Paramedic Candidates will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Paramedic (NRP). Both the traditional and Hybrid Crowder College Paramedic Programs include over 1100 program hours.


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.