Where in Missouri Can I Receive Paramedic Training?

Learn about paramedic training programs in Missouri. Get information about classes available and admission requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

If you are already an EMT, you can train to become a paramedic which will increase your responsibilities on the job, potentially open up additional career opportunities as well as provide a higher wage. Find Missouri programs to fit your educational needs and schedule.

What You Need to Know

Paramedic training programs in Missouri lead to a certificate or an associate's degree in the field. Paramedics are the highest level of emergency medical technicians (EMTs). All Missouri paramedic training programs require that applicants be certified as EMTs-Basic; some programs require a certain number of work experience hours. Programs are offered by two-year, public schools throughout Missouri. Certificate programs in paramedicine may be completed in three to five semesters, while associate's degrees are earned in two years for full-time students.

Paramedic Certificate Programs in Missouri

Jefferson College

Located in Hillsboro, Missouri, Jefferson College administers a paramedic certificate program in addition to offering an associate's degree program. Although some similar coursework exists between the certificate and degree program, you will only need to complete 60 credit hours for the certificate. To earn the certificate, you will take a course in English composition in addition to several classes that focus on paramedic training and technology.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: 5 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,400 per year for in-district residents; $3,576 per year for state residents; $4,728 per year for nonresidents
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED
  • Requirements: ACT or COMPASS placement exam
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 4,900 students (all undergraduate)

Metropolitan Community College

On the Penn Valley campus of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, you can earn a paramedic certificate through the school's Division of Life Sciences. During your 3 semesters of full-time study, you'll attend courses that focus on paramedic care, trauma management, anatomy and emergency cardiology. You are required to complete 49 credit hours to earn the certificate and participate in a field internship while in the program.

  • Program Name: Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: 3 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,880 per year for in-district residents; $5,280 per year for state residents; $6,900 per year for nonresidents
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED, college biology course
  • Requirements: 18 years old, Missouri EMT certification, ACT or placement tests
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 18,200 students (all undergraduate)

Paramedic Associate's Degree Programs in Missouri

Jefferson College

The emergency medical technology associate's degree program at Jefferson College expands on the certificate program by requiring additional courses in pre-hospital anatomy and physiology, social and behavioral sciences, computer literacy and oral communication. You can complete the 72 credits in about in 2 years. The program prepares you to take board exams and receive your NREMT certification.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,400 per year for in-district residents; $3,576 per year for state residents; $4,728 per year for nonresidents
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED
  • Requirements: ACT or COMPASS placement exam
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 4,900 students (all undergraduate)

Metropolitan Community College

Entrance to the A.A.S. paramedic program at Metropolitan Community College's Penn Valley campus is limited, and you must meet all the admission requirements. While completing the 74 credits required for the degree, you'll study medical terminology, psychology, care of children, medical emergencies and pre-hospital integration. A hospital clinical experience and paramedic field internship are also among the courses you will be required to take.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science Paramedic
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,880 per year for in-district residents; $5,280 per year for state residents; $6,900 per year for nonresidents
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED, college biology course
  • Requirements: 18 years old, Missouri EMT certification, ACT or placement tests
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 18,200 students (all undergraduate)

Saint Louis Community College

The 2-year A.A.S. in Paramedic Technology program is available at the Florissant Valley and Meramec campuses of Saint Louis Community College. In the 68-69 credit hours of study, you'll learn how to use the equipment found in emergency room and ambulances and practice patient assessment, life support and stabilization skills. You will also be required to complete general education courses on microbiology, chemistry, English and report writing.

  • Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Paramedic Technology
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $3,090 per year for in-district residents; $4,470 per year for state residents; $6,150 per year for nonresidents
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED
  • Requirements: Passing college level efficiency test scores in English, reading and math or passing grades in college algebra, reading, writing and anatomy courses, current MO EMT-B license, 75% or higher on paramedic pre-test, 100 EMS calls or 100 hours of experience in patient care
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 21,200 students (all undergraduate)

Three Rivers Community College

Located on an 80-acre campus in Poplar Bluff, Three Rivers Community College provides an A.A.S. program that will prepare you for state licensure. A total of 71 credits are required to earn the degree, and 48 credits focus on EMS training and knowledge. During each of the program's 2 years, you will participate in 3 internship experiences.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science Paramedic
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $4,104 per year for in-district residents; $5,868 per year for state residents; $7,164 per year for nonresidents
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED
  • Requirements: ACT or COMPASS placement tests, MO EMT-B certification, work experience, basic life support for healthcare providers certification, Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 4,200 students (all undergraduate)

EMTs in Missouri that wish to train for their paramedic certification can do so at Jefferson College and Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley which have both certificate and associate's degree options, or at Saint Louis Community College or Three Rivers Community College which have associate's degree programs for currently licensed EMTs.

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