Crowder EMS is excited to announce the introduction of virtual reality (VR) training into its hybrid paramedic program. Only a handful of EMS training entities across the nation are using this innovative training that immerses students into real-life scenarios requiring critical thinking and decision-making without real life consequences.
The paramedic program at Crowder College provides didactic instruction, clinical experience and field internships to assist students in developing the theoretical and technical skills consistent with the goals and objectives of the 2009 National EMS Education Standards and the 1999 U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic.
This exciting, yet challenging, Hybrid Paramedic Program is designed to afford both United States Domestic and International Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) an excellent educational experience from the comfort of your home. Crowder College EMS Programs are both state and nationally accredited through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and CAAHEP/CoAEMSP, respectively.
If you are an international student and preparing to travel to Crowder College for your clinical rotations, you may find this checklist helpful: International Students Checklist
This program consists of five, eight-week college semesters totaling 42 credit hours. The first three eight-week blocks are completed online. The fourth and fifth eight-week blocks include skills training and clinical internships. In addition to obtaining Paramedic Certification, interested Paramedic Candidates can choose to pursue the Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Paramedicine.
By enrolling in the hybrid paramedic program, students MAY engage in clinical rotations in a hospital and ambulance service geographically convenient to them (this may be the service for which the student currently works, or any other service willing to sign a collaborative agreement with Crowder College’s EMS Education Program.) STUDENTS DO NOT NEED TO RESIDE IN MISSOURI during their clinical rotations, although a brief, on-ground visit for intensive skills training is necessary (usually two weeks).
EMTP 225, 230 and 235 consist of online instruction using Jones and Bartlett’s virtual classroom, instructor created narrated Power Points, videos, and at times, interactive lectures using GoToWebinar.com.
EMTP 240 and 250 comprise of online work, a capstone project and over 600 hours of clinical rotations. Students may use a hospital or ambulance district nearby to complete the required clinical hours, so long as the entity is willing to sign a collaborative agreement with Crowder College. Furthermore, the ambulance district must provide a reliable and accessible point of contact (POC) for Crowder instructors.
Based on historical data submitted by former students, you should anticipate devoting approximately 20-25 hours per week in this program.
At the completion of the clinical hours, Paramedic Candidates will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Paramedic (NRP). Both the traditional and Hybrid Crowder College Paramedic Programs include over 1100 program hours as follows:
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMTP) 225*: 9 credit hours
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMTP) 230*: 9 credit hours
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMTP) 235*: 9 credit hours
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMTP) 240*: 9 credit hours
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMTP) 250 (Capstone): 6 credit hours
*Denotes classes that embed “high-stakes” exams that require every student to earn a minimum threshold score of 80%.
EMTP 250 is offered both during the summer and fall semesters and is the final phase of the paramedic program. If a student does not want to take EMTP 250 during the summer, this final block can be taken during the fall semester. EMTP 250 has no classroom sessions except for capstone presentations and proctored practice testing (scheduled by each student, not the instructors). The date (one session) for Capstone presentations is TBA and subject to change, although students will receive timely notification of the date capstone projects are due.
Clinical requirements during EMTP 250 include a minimum of 180 hours of field rotations followed by an 80 hour internship and, additional hospital hours, if required. (Average number of total prehospital shifts per week is three.) Every student must meet not only the hourly requirements, but also the interventional requirements as outlined in the Paramedic Program Policy and Procedures Manual. Failure to meet the interventional requirements may necessitate additional hours in order to achieve those goals.
There is no “high-stakes” exam during EMTP 250, although the NREMT cognitive exam preparation (aka “Green Light” program) through FISDAP is required. Each student must successfully pass every unit exam and one comprehensive FISDAP exam with a minimum score of 72%. If a 72% is not achieved on ANY unit or comprehensive exam, a remediation plan will be tailored to fit each student’s educational goals and objectives. There is no time frame assigned to the successful completion of the Green Light Program; rather, it is determined by each student’s performances on unit and comprehensive exams. A student is not eligible to sit for the NREMT cognitive exam until the Green Light program has been successfully completed.
Communication skills are vital in the field of paramedicine. In addition to the wide range of technical proficiencies paramedics need to properly diagnose, treat, and provide comfort for patients, they must also appropriately communicate with the people in their care, physicians, nurses, law enforcement officials, firefighters, laypersons and other medical professionals.
A capstone presentation is an opportunity for a paramedic student to demonstrate and communicate their knowledge of a topic relevant to paramedicine. The culminating presentation is given before a selected committee of Crowder employees and a classroom of peers. A student’s capstone presentation should demonstrate his/her ability to synthesize, apply, and share the knowledge and skills acquired during his or her academic experiences at Crowder College.
For more information about Crowder College’s Hybrid Paramedic Program, please contact:
Kristin Spencer, MS, NRP, I/C/E
EMS Program Director
601 Laclede Avenue
Neosho, MO 64850-9165