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Frequently Asked Questions

Campus(s):MCC-Penn Valley: Health Science Institute
Contact:Art Brady - program coordinator, 816.604.4363
Application deadline for certificate: November 1st to begin the program in January, and June 1st to begin the program in August

  1. How does it take for the course, certificate or degree?
    Basic EMT can be completed in one semester. The certificate takes about three semesters; the degree, two years or five semesters. Day and evening classes will help you schedule your time. If you go part time, it will take longer.
  2. Does the EMT-Basic class have any clinical time in the hospital or field?
    Yes, the EMT-Basic class performs 12 hours of hospital time, and 24 hours of field time.
  3. What does it take to get certified?
    The EMT-Basic qualifies you to take national registry practical and written examinations. Pass these, and you can then apply for a license with the Missouri Unit of Emergency Medical Services as an emergency medical technician.
  4. How much does this program cost?
    The EMS 150 course tuition is about $656. You will also have the cost of books, supplies, uniform and lab fees. Here are the certificate and associate degree costs.
  5. What does it cost?

    MCC's tuition is set at $92 a credit hour. This program requires 48 credit hours of classes. There are also books, lab fees and other costs associated. Contact your program coordinator for a more specific estimate of costs.

    In addition, you will have the cost of your uniform. All costs are estimated and subject to change without prior notice.

  6. Is financial aid available?
    There are dozens of sources for funding through MCC. For information about grants, loans, scholarships or work-study opportunities, contact the financial aid office or call 816.604.4067.
  7. What about opportunities to earn a two- or four-year degree?
    This is a building block program, with EMT-Basic course as the foundation, You must complete this before moving on to the certificate and to the two-year degree program. There are a few four-year degree programs in this field offered across the country. Most paramedics opt for a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, public safety or business.
  8. Are uniforms required?
    A uniform is required even for the EMT-Basic course. Uniforms for clinical rotations include a light blue shirt (plain, no patches), navy trousers (no denim), black leather shoes, black socks, black belt, name tag, dark color winter jacket (if needed).
  9. What kind of training will I receive?
    • Hands-on and interactive learning environment that is supportive and challenging
    • Small classes for personal instruction
    • Affordable costs
    • State of the art skills labs
    • Techniques such as CPR, tracheal intubation
    • Clinical rotation and internship at community facilities such as the Raytown EMS, American Medical Response, Belton Fire Department, South Metropolitan Fire Protection District, Liberty Fire Department, MAST and Research Medical Center.
Last Modified: 10/24/13