Fully Accreditated Program
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 the student has qualified.
Essential attributes of the EMT-Paramedic include intelligence, the ability to relate well to people,a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment and an orientation toward service. As a professional, the paramedic sees the patient as a person and respects the mores of his family.
What is the EMT Paramedic Program?
The duties of EMT's and paramedics often overlap, but paramedics are trained to deliver more advanced care. This course is organized to provide the student with knowledge about the acute, critical differences in physiology, psychophysiology, or clinical symptoms, as they pertain to the pre-hospital emergency medical care of the infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient. The student 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. If a student passes and becomes a National Registered Paramedic they can apply for registration in any state.
Applicants must hold a valid Missouri EMT-B license and must have completed Human Anatomy and Physiology course with a "C" of better at an accredited post-secondary institution.
For more on the application process, click here.
The program is held at Hillyard Technical Center and runs August to May. It is 1180 clock-hours. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and every other Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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.