East Central College offers a program of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree and Certificate of Achievement in Paramedic Technology. Students in the program receive instruction in the recognition, treatment, and transport of patients with medical emergencies and trauma. To achieve licensure as a paramedic, students studying at East Central College comply with United States Department of Transportation guidelines.
These guidelines require that students first complete coursework leading to licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic prior to entry in the Paramedic Technology certificate or degree program. Courses combine classroom and laboratory activities with clinical experiences in an acute care setting. This provides the student with the opportunity to learn skills and techniques to be applied in the actual work setting.
The program of study is accredited by the Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and prepares students for national licensure. The College also offers a series of post-licensure refresher courses for professionals working in the field. East Central College is the designated regional training center for emergency medical services personnel. The EMS program has a state-of-the-art clinical lab that utilizes high-fidelity human patient simulators and an ambulance.
The EMS Program at East Central College meets the National Registry of EMT’s requirements, which is required by the Mo. Bureau of EMS to obtain an EMT or Paramedic license in the state of Missouri. “The National Registry is recognized in every state in the United States, and 46 states use the National Registry certification as a basis for licensure.” (https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/document/about). East Central College has not determined if the Emergency Medical Services programs at East Central College meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia has additional licensure requirements.
The East Central College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
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Students need to complete:
- High school diploma or the equivalent (documentation sent to the Registration office)
- Application for Admission
- A placement test as specified by the college. (Please note: Some coursework requires minimum placement results.
Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance to the program
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EMS Student Learning Outcomes
“To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.”
Students will be able to apply the eleven attributes of the professional paramedic:
- Appearance/Personal hygiene
- Time Management
- Teamwork and diplomacy
- Patient advocacy
- Careful delivery of service
Students will be able to perform a detailed patient assessment which includes a focused mental and/or physical history utilizing clinical judgment and reasoning while on the scene treating an ill or injured patient(s).
Students will be able to perform basic life support skills, as well as advanced and invasive skills such as intravenous therapies, drug administration, EKG rhythm interpretation, endotracheal intubation, and defibrillation/cardioversion to treat an ill or injured patient(s).
Students will be able to manage/supervise a team of emergency medication technicians, paramedics, firefighters, or other healthcare providers while on the scene treating an ill or injured patient(s).
Students will be able to integrate pertinent patient information and assessment findings to formulate a treatment plan for the ill or injured patient.
Students will be able to function as a member of the paramedic profession, practicing with the profession’s moral, ethical, legal, and regulatory framework
EMT Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Utilize therapeutic communication to care for culturally diverse patients.
- Apply basic anatomy and physiology knowledge to assess and prioritize patient treatment to transport.
- Identify life-threatening situations and demonstrate BLS skills.
- Maintain professionalism and recognize moral and ethical dilemmas.
- Utilize critical thinking to prioritize a medical or trauma patient, complete an appropriate assessment, and develop a plan of action.
- Recognize, execute, and manage patients with appropriate medications according to their scope of practice in accordance with local and state protocols.
People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.
The profession is experiencing faster-than-average job growth, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. by 2020, the number of positions is expected to increase by 33% Median annual earnings of EMTs and paramedics were $34,870 in May 2013 with the highest earnings of more than $54,710.