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Metropolitan Community College Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Program

Emergency Medical Services & Paramedic Program

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute

Program Coordinator, EMS Education:
Lisa McGuire, 816.604.4810


Dear EMS Program applicants for Spring of 2021:

There is a great deal of uncertainty right now in health care and the community. However, EMS is on the frontlines of patient care and will continue to be so, with every safety precaution available. As the government, local health care agencies and the MCC administration continue to wrestle with decisions regarding the best plans moving forward the EMS program will be making some adjustments to this year's application process.

  1. The application deadline will be moved back to November 15th. Applications can be mailed to the address on the application form. If the stay at home order has been lifted by November 15th you may drop your application off in suite 410 of the HSI, 3444 Broadway, KCMO 64111, as well. Mailed applications need to be posted marked prior to November 15th.
  2. We are excited to announce that ACCUPLACER placement remote testing via Zoom is now available. If you are interested in taking the placement test, please have them email the MCC-Penn Valley Testing Center at pv.test@mcckc.edu or call 816.604.1000 to schedule a testing appointment. If you do not have an ACT, Compass or ACCUPLACER score that is less than 3 years-old for the reading comprehension section, you should sign up to take this prior to November 15th. Remember, you only need to take the "Reading Comprehension" section of any of these tests, you do not need to take the entire battery of test.
  3. Currently, interviews for applicants are being planned for the week of November 16. We will conduct interviews via Zoom. Be sure to include a valid email address in your application so we can send an invite. If you have not used Zoom, it is a free app that can be downloaded to your home computer or phone. If you do not have access to a device (computer or phone) that allows video conferencing please indicate that on your application.
  4. Be aware there are models that show a resurgence of this virus that could cause "stay at home" orders again in the spring. Consequently, our Chancellor has determined that all didactic classes will be conducted via Zoom, with small group labs on campus. The faculty works hard to prevent significant disruption of learning, but since this is a "hands on" profession there is the possibility of course disruption and incompletes.

If you have additional questions about the application process please email the EMS Program Coordinator Lisa McGuire at lisa.mcguire@mcckc.edu.

Thank you and stay safe.


MCC EMT | Paramedic ProgramDescription

Metropolitan Community College’s Emergency Medical Services Education Program offers coursework at the Emergency Medical Technician and the Paramedic levels.  Courses are designed to prepare students to successfully pass the National Registry of EMT’s certification exams and to become competent, entry-level health care professionals.  All programs exceed the current National EMS Education Standards.  MCC EMS education offers Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic Certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science Paramedic options.

Degree(s) and/or Certificate(s) Offered

Emergency Medical Technician

The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. (National EMS Education Standards)

Paramedic

The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic is a link from the scene into the health care system. (National EMS Education Standards)

EMS/ Paramedic Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me about the EMT program

EMT is not a program in and of itself. It is part of the Paramedic program. The EMT class is called EMS 150 and is one semester long. We offer this class every semester: spring, summer, and fall. The summer semester class is only eight weeks long and is very intense. Class days/ times for Spring and Fall semesters are MWTh 9am-noon, or 1pm-4pm, or 6 P.M.- 9 P.M. Summer classes are MTWTh from 9 A.M.- 1 P.M., or 5:30 P.M.- 9:45 P.M. Successful completion of this course will entitle you to take the national exams in order to obtain your EMTB license. This is an eight credit class that also includes CPR certification as part of the course work.

How do I apply for EMT class?

Great news! No application is necessary. You can enroll yourself online with your student ID number.

How do I get a student ID number?

Visit the Apply to MCC webpage and follow the steps.

How do I enroll if I have a student ID number?

Visit the MCC Enroll webpage and follow the steps. The class you want to enroll in is EMS 150. If you experience any difficulty call 816.604.1000 and ask to speak to an advisor for help enrolling.

How do I enroll in the Paramedic program?

This is where the application comes in. Go to our program webpage and click the “Paramedic Program Application” link which is located under the picture and to the right. If you read the letter and application, you will find a list of the requirements.

I have been a paramedic before. Can I skip some classes?

Unfortunately we do not offer advanced placement.

Can I transfer in credits from a previous program?

The only credits that will transfer are general education credits toward the Paramedic AAS degree. We do not accept transfer of paramedic core class credits.

Program Mission

To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education ProgramsThe Metropolitan Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Hwy 19 N
Ste 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727.210.2350
Fax: 727.210.2354
mail@caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 11-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214.703.8445
FAX 214.703.8992
coaemsp.org

MCC's EMS Education Program has full accreditation status through 2/28/2024 awarded by the Missouri Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, PO Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102, 573.751.6356. Training entity 09503.