Paramedic Education

The Paramedic Program has two format options— the Hybrid format and the Standard format.  Each format is comprised of several distinct courses.  Details about those courses are found by clicking here.

The Hybrid format courses have significant online work requirements in addition to face-to-face meetings.  Two Hybrid format schedule options exist—weekly and bi-weekly. Assignments are due at various points in between class sessions for Hybrid format options.

The Standard option’s courses also utilize the online learning environment but in a supporting role.   Standard format courses meet face-to-face in the classroom twice each week.  The Standard format and schedule meets the requirements for military veterans to use their education benefits.

There are three schedule / format options available:  Hybrid Weekly, Hybrid Bi-Weekly and Standard Twice Weekly.  See more info on format and schedule options.

RN’s with ER experience and a Missouri EMT license may receive advanced placement and be eligible for exemption by assessment (“test out”) of certain courses within the Program.  Similarly, students transferring from other programs may be eligible for limited advanced placement for some of the Program’s courses. More information can be found here.

Most classes are held in the Northeast Classroom Facility at our Headquarters (Stadium and I-70).  Class hours are from 0830 through no later than 1700.   We utilize a mix of independent study, team learning, case studies and simulations. This is a dynamic and highly effective learning environment with a fast pace.  Prospective students are both encouraged and welcome to observe.

For 2018, we will enroll new cohorts of students for March and August start dates.  Here is the application for March for either the Hybrid-Weekly or the Standard Twice Weekly options.  See the schedule for the March Hybrid Weekly and for the March Standard Twice Weekly here.  For August, here is the application  for the August cohorts  and the schedule for the August Hybrid BiWeekly cohort.

Each student is assigned to a particular section.  Students are scheduled for a particular section of no more than 10 students in order to ensure a high-quality experience.  Each section is comprised of two groups of up to six students.   An instructor is assigned to each student group.

Our Program provides the opportunity for students to “trade shifts” with other students from time to time throughout the Program in order to accommodate work schedules while maintaining the small-group learning environment.  Students who are swapping from their assigned section for a day are temporarily assigned to a student group.  Group sizes vary by class day but range from four to no more than six.

Each Course within the Program is assigned a number of credit hours.  Tuition is set at $150 per credit hour. There are 40 credit hours in the Program.  Overall Program tuition remains at $6,000 for cohorts beginning in March of 2018 and includes all online learning resources, uniform shirts, background checks and the urine drug screen.  There are no hidden or “add on” fees.   The tuition does not include National Registry testing fees so that students are not asked to pay for those expenses in advance.  Students obtain their own textbooks in order to allow them to utilize all available cost saving options for renting, borrowing or purchasing.  We work hard to keep our tuition cost as affordable as possible while delivering a fantastic value to our students.  While the Fire District supports the Program in many ways, the financial resources for the Program come from student tuition.

Direct your questions to the Program Director (Bryant Gladney, EMS Education Division Manager) at

Details about the courses within the program

Accreditation Information