Fourth Block

    • Fourth Block has no face-to-face class sessions.  All activities occur in the field clinical setting.

      EMS 450  Paramedic Field Experience:  This course involves the Paramedic Student functioning under the guidance of a preceptor in the field ALS environment for 80 hours.  During this clinical experience, the student will have the opportunity to practice patient assessments, treatments and observe team leadership on a variety of patient cases encountered in the prehospital setting.  This course is a preparatory course for the Field Internship (EMS 451) where the student functions as the actual Team Leader.

      EMS 451  Paramedic Field Internship:  This course involves the Paramedic Student functioning under the guidance of a preceptor in the field ALS environment for at least 250 hours.  During this clinical experience, the student will have the opportunity to practice patient assessments, treatments and team leadership on a variety of patient cases encountered in the prehospital setting. Completion of this course is based on both a State of Missouri required minimum of 250 hours and the Paramedic Education Program’s graduation requirements.  Graduation requirements include minimum numbers of encounters with patients of various ages, complaints and conditions.  In addition, students must complete 50 successful experiences as the Team Leader on an ALS ambulance response to an actual EMS call.

      This final block consists of six cognitive exams (“summative assessments”) over various areas including Trauma, Medical, Cardiology, Airway & Breathing, Operations and OB-Pediatrics.  Following successful completion of these six “unit exams”, a final comprehensive cognitive examination is given.

      Also during this block, a final psychomotor skills and affective examination is given.  The first half of this exam closely mimics the National Registry’s Psychomotor Skills test.  The remainder of the exam includes instructor evaluation of the full range of lab skills that are included in all courses within the program.

      Following successful completion of all of these steps, the Program Director, Faculty Team and Medical Director meet to determine that the student has achieved “Terminal Competency” and is eligible for graduation from the Program.  Graduates are then authorized for National Registry Certification testing.