Hybrid Program for International Students

International ParamedicsThe 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.

** By enrolling in Crowder College’s hybrid 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.

For international students taking the hybrid paramedic program, you may find this check-off list helpful: EMTP 201 International Students Checklist

Crowder College EMS Education has trained medic students from all over the world, including Ukraine, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Iceland, Ireland, U.K., Argentina, Philippines, South Africa and more.

“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

PROGRAM INFORMATION

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.

EMTP 225, 230 and 235 consist of online instruction using Jones and Bartlett’s virtual classroom, instructor created narrated Power Points, videos, and at times, interactive lectures using GoToWebinar.com.

EMTP 240 and 250 consists of both online work and the completion of nearly 600 hours of clinical rotations. EMTP 240 and 250 requires students to travel to Southwest Missouri for clinical rotations unless otherwise approved by Crowder’s EMS program director.

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 as follows:

  • 600 didactic classroom hours
  • 320 hospital internship hours
  • 260 field internship hours

PROGRAM COURSES

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.) 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.

TUITION AND FUNDING

Crowder College accepts all forms of United States financial aid including veterans’ benefits (GI Bill, VRAP, etc.). Please contact the Crowder Financial Aid Office to discuss VA benefits (417-455-5434) or fill out your financial aid application at FAFSA. For a list of projected expenditures for this program, you click on the cost sheet here: Paramedic Program Expenditures Cost Sheet, although these expenses do NOT include housing, food, vehicle expenses and NREMT/NIEMT testing fees.

If you have any questions that can be addressed, please feel free to contact Kristin Spencer at the number listed below. Again, thank you for your interest in the Paramedic Hybrid Program. If you would like to begin the application process, please fill out a Crowder College Application for Admission. In addition, please submit your Paramedic Application directly to Crowder’s EMS Department. To verify you have completed everything needed to successfully prepare for the program, refer to the Paramedic Application Check-Off Sheet.

For more information contact: Kristin Spencer, EMS Program Director, at 417-455-5505. SKYPE meetings available upon request.

With your Paramedic application, please submit the following documentation: 

  • Copy of your Crowder College Acceptance letter with student ID number
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Copies of EMT license and NREMT certification
  • Valid and current driver’s license from issuing state
  • Missouri State Reciprocity (See Missouri Dept. of Health & Senior Services)
  • Copy of AHA BLS for HCP CPR Card
  • TB test documentation
  • HEP B vaccination documentation
  • 3 letters of reference attesting to your ability to complete this program (letters of recommendation may be emailed to me directly)
  • $250 deposit paid to Crowder College with your student ID number printed on the memo line.

In order to begin the Paramedic Course, you must first have EMT (or equivalent) training from your home country. We accept EMT training from most countries, although you will first need to successfully pass the NREMT EMT level cognitive and psychomotor exams upon your arrival to Missouri. In addition to the EMT training, you are required to:

  • Be fluent in spoken and written English
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Provide proof of immunizations
  • Secure appropriate visa from your embassy or consulate (contact Sarah Horine, International Coordinator, at sarahhorine@crowder.edu for more information).

Crowder College will provide transportation to and from designated airports at the beginning and end of the course. Crowder will only provide transportation if your airport is XNA (Bentonville, AR), Springfield, MO., or Joplin, MO. If you arrive or depart through any other airport, you will be responsible for securing your own transportation.

During residency in the United States, students are responsible for arranging their rental car services needed to attend clinical rotations and weekly classes. If you need information on where to secure a rental car, contact kristinspencer@crowder.edu.

Residency is available through Crowder (dormitories and apartments). If you are interested in applying for campus housing, go to http://www.crowder.edu/services/student-life/housing/ for more information. If you wish to live off campus, contact the EMS Program Director for more information on housing opportunities.

Please note:  All documents may be scanned and emailed.

Please contact the Cashier’s Office to pay the $250.00 seat deposit at 417-455-5598 or 417-455-5402.