EMT Paramedic

     Instructor:  Clifford Hughes  
    The EMT-Paramedic is a professional in emergency medical care who has reached that status through successful completion of a training program that includes formal course work, practical instruction, and field internship.  The student will be competent in recognizing and assessing medical emergencies as well as in rendering actual care service at the scene of an emergency, in  an advanced life support ambulance (intensive care vehicle), and in other appropriate settings such as in-hospital emergency departments and intensive care units. 
    The paramedic always works under the direction of a physician - both while in training and after qualification. The duties of the EMT and paramedic often overlap, but paramedics are trained to deliver more advanced care.   
    Program Overview 
    This program is organized to provide the student with knowledge about the acute critical differences in physiology, psycho-physiology, or clinical symptoms, as they pertain to the pre-hospital emergency medical care of the infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.  Students will be given an opportunity to acquire clinical experience and practice skills related to the emergency medical care of these patients.  The curriculum has been developed by the Unit of Emergency Medical Services and follows the Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic National Standard Curriculum by the United States Department of Transportation.  This program is recognized for state and national registration.
    Upon completion of the EMT Paramedic program, students are eligible to take the National Registry of Paramedic examination. Students must demonstrate proficiency in both practical and written skills. Students who pass this exam become a National Registered Paramedic and can apply for registration in any state.

    Program Length 

    The EMT-Paramedic course is 16 months in length, including holidays and vacation time.  The course consists of 600 hours classroom didactic/practical, 650 hours hospital based clinical experience/ambulance field internship. Academic year/completion = 1250 hours, 63 weeks. Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Hillyard Technical Center. Classes will begin September 2017 and end December 2018. This program follows the St. Joseph School District calendar for start and end dates, holidays, and closures.  For the current calendar, click on the District Info tab on the SJSD Home page.
    Program Admission Requirements

    Applicants must hold a valid Missouri EMT- B license.  This course is offered through Hillyard Technical Center.  Click here for course offerings and fees.

    Post-Secondary applicants must meet/submit the following requirements:

    • Be age 18 years of age or older
    • Have a valid driver's license
    • Must demonstrate proficiency in written and practical skills
    • Must be mentlly, physically, and emotionally capable of meeting demands of the industry
    • Must complete and submit an HTC Application for Admission Form by deadline
    • Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate
    • Submit an official transcript from high school or post-secondary institution
    • Three professional references
    • FBI Individual Record Check required
    • Complete the ACT WorkKeys exam

    For information on the EMT - Paramedic program, contact John Delee, Adult Program Coordinator, at 816-671-4170 or email him at john.delee@sjsd.k12.mo.us.