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Emergency MEdical Services

Contact: Chad Wright - program coordinator, 816.604.4810
Application deadline for certificate: Nov. 1 to begin the program in Jan., and June 1 to begin the program in August. 

The Health Science Institute (HSI) was designed to centralize the health career programs in one building that mimics both healthcare and real life settings, incorporates instructional methodologies such as; interdisciplinary simulated learning using state-of-the-art equipment and cloud base lecture capture which allows student access to learning materials 24/7.  The combined elements of this model fosters student fellowship, life-long learning and supports student success. The health career programs are affordable, accredited and yield a good return on the student’s investment through gainful employment and high wage salaries.


Saving lives - that's the work of emergency medical technicians (EMT). They stabilize trauma victims and medically ill patients, provide life support and assure safe transportation to a medical facility. An EMT-paramedic requires additional education and can provide higher level patient care. For example; advanced cardiac and trauma life support.

Mission-to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic level.

Personal Qualities

Characteristics of a successful emergency medical service professional include but are not limited to; take and follow direction under stressful emergency situations, multitask with attention to detail and organization, work collaboratively as part of a team, stable temperament, responsible and caring.

Essential Functions

Manual dexterity, physical stamina & endurance, ability to carry 125+ pounds, move and think quickly.


Professional Certification/Licensure

Upon successful completion of the program graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) to obtain certification. After becoming successfully certified by NREMT graduates will be eligible for Licensure through the Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. 


Full accreditation status through 1/31/2019 awarded by the Missouri Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, PO Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102, 573.751.6356.

The Metropolitan Community 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).

In addition to CAAHEP, MCC’s Paramedic Program is fully accredited as a paramedic training entity through the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Program Admission

EMS-Basic: a formal admission process is not required; simply enroll in an EMS 150 course, 8 credit hours.


Additional steps are required for acceptance into this program beyond the standard MCC admissions application. This is a four semester program that offers a morning program starting the fall semester with a program application deadline of June 1 and a day program starting the spring semester with a program application deadline of November 1. 


  1. Complete all required prerequisite courses.
  2. Download the program Application/Admission Packet and follow the directions carefully.  Be sure to note all of the program requirements.
  3. Apply for financial aid.  The federal financial aid application (FAFSA) is also available online.

Program Application Deadlines: 

The morning program that begins every August has a program application deadline of June 1. The day program that begins every January has an application deadline of November 1.

Program Acceptance

You will be contacted within two weeks of the application deadline to let you know if you were accepted into the program.  Students accepted into the program will work directly with the program coordinator to determine next steps.  Students not accepted into the program should contact the Student Advising Department or the Health Science Institute healthcare@mcckc.edu to determine next steps.

Last Modified: 8/18/15