EMS Education Program
The UMKC School of Medicine, in cooperation with the Department of Emergency Medicine at Truman Medical Center, offers several programs in Pre-Hospital Life Support education. Initial programs consist of Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and EMS Instructor courses. Emergency Medical Responder (First Responder), Advanced EMT (EMT-Intermediate), and RN to Paramedic Bridge courses are also available. The program offers a complete line of continuing education classes to assist EMS personnel the opportunity to maintain their licenses and national certification.
The UMKC EMS Education programs are accredited by the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of EMS.
The faculty of the EMS program consists of EMT's, paramedics, physicians, and nurses who are experienced in their fields, and in the provision of pre-hospital emergency care.
INITIAL EDUCATION COURSES
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN
The EMT-Basic program is a 140-hour course designed to introduce the participant basic life support and pre-hospital emergency medical care. This program is considered to be entry-level for a career in emergency care, and is based upon the U.S. Department of Transportation curriculum for EMT-Basic, and the 2009 EMS Education Standards for Emergency Medical Technicians. There is a clinical and field experience component to provide the student with exposure to the hospital emergency department, and ambulance settings. Upon successful completion of the EMT-B program, a certificate will be awarded that permits the student to participate in the examinations to become licensed in the State of Missouri as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Pre-requisites for the EMT Basic program are 18 years of age, high school graduate or GED, and a current BLS for Healthcare Provider certificate from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
The Paramedic program is designed to introduce the EMT to the principles and practices of advanced life support and pre-hospital emergency medical care. The approximately 1300 hour program is based upon the U.S. DOT curriculum for Paramedic education, and the 2009 EMS Education Standards for Paramedic education. The UMKC Paramedic program is unique in that it allows for an exit point at the EMT-I level, as well as the opportunity for the paramedic student to test and become licensed as an EMT-I while continuing his/her paramedic studies. Upon successful completion of the program, a certificate will be awarded that permits the student to participate in state and national examinations.
Pre-requisites for inclusion in the Paramedic program include licensure in the State of Missouri as an EMT or EMT-Intermediate. Nationally Registered personnel may also enter the class, but must obtain Missouri licensure before participating in clinicals. A college-level Anatomy and Physiology course is required, or the accepted student must complete the A&P for EMS course offered at the beginning of the Paramedic course. A minimum of six months experience as an EMT is recommended, but not required.
The EMS Instructor program is designed to introduce the participant to the methods and techniques for providing initial and continuing EMS education. This program is considered entry-level for those entering EMS education as instructors, and is based upon the 2002 U.S. Department of Transportation curriculum for EMS Instructors. This course meets the 40-hour Instructor course requirement for EMS educators. There is a mandatory online component, with work required prior to, and between course sessions. Participants in the EMS Instructor program must be currently licensed as an EMT, EMT-I, or Paramedic in Missouri or another state, or be Nationally Registered at one of those levels. They must also have at least two years of clinical experience, and certification as an instructor in at least one of the following: BLS, ACLS, PHTLS, ITLS, PALS, or PEPP. Registered nurses and physicians with at least two years of clinical experience may also apply.
Please click on the links for more information regarding a particular program. Questions regarding program tuition, selection process, and schedules should be directed to the program at 816-235-1845.