FAQs – Paramedic Program

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Is the Paramedic Program accredited?

Yes.  The Respond Right EMS Academy / St. Charles Community College Consortium 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).

For more information about these accrediting agencies:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

Respond Right EMS Academy is also an accredited training entity through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of EMS Division as a EMT-P training entity.

How long has Respond Right had a Paramedic Program?

Respond Right started pre-hospital education in 2001 and had it’s first Paramedic Program in 2010.

What are the pre-requisites for the Paramedic Program?

All students will need to submit the following:

  • A valid Missouri EMT-Basic license
  • Proof of Anatomy and Physiology course – Take A & P here
    • Must be taken within the last 3 years
    • Must be college level A & P or Human Biology
    • Must have a ‘C’ or better
  • Complete an entrance exam
  • Current AHA BLS CPR certification – Take BLS CPR here
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Criminal background check
  • Drug screening
  • Proper Immunization documentation

Do I need A&P or will Human Biology meet the pre-requisite?

We will accept A&P or Human Biology at the college level.  Human Biology does not need to have a lab.  You must have had the class within the last 3 years and received a grade of ‘C’ or better.  If you have taken this class outside of Respond Right EMS Academy, you will need to have your official transcript sent to our office for verification and review before it will be accepted.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of tuition is $8,000.  Course fees are $1,750 and include technology/lab fees, Fisdap account, clinical and field internship fees, clinical polo, parking sticker and professional liability insurance.  Students are required to pay a $150 non-refundable registration fee upon enrolling in the course.

Testing fees for NREMT are not included in the cost of the program.  Additional fees will be required for the NREMT psychomotor and written exam.

Do you accept VA/GI Bill Funding?

Yes.  Respond Right EMS Academy is an approved training entity for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.  We will work with eligible veterans to complete and submit the necessary paperwork for certification.

How long is the Paramedic Program?

The night program meets from 5 pm – 10 pm two days per week with one Saturday per month.  The program is scheduled for 15 months including didactic, lab, clinical and field internship.

The day program meets from 8 am – 4:30 pm two days per week.  The program is scheduled for 13 months including didactic, lab, clinical and field internship.

 How do the clinicals work?  Do I schedule my own?

You don’t need to find your own clinicals.  You will use a program called Fisdap to request your clinical days and your Clinical Coordinator will work with you to confirm your days at each clinical and field site.

Will I do clinicals and attend class at the same time?

Yes.  During Phase 1 you will only attend the didactic portion to focus on the important basics and foundation education that is required for paramedic education.  A few months into the program, you will enter Phase 2 which will allow you to attend clinicals and the didactic portion at the same time.  This is a great benefit for you, the student.  You will be able to apply the concepts from class to real life and have the opportunity to discuss your experience with your instructor.

How many clinical hours are required for the program?

Each student must meet a minimum number of clinical and field hours to be eligible for graduation.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 286 hours in-hospital and 360 hours on the ambulance.  The in-hospital departments include the following departments:  ER, OR, ICU, OB, pediatrics, psychiatric, and burn.

In addition to the minimum hour requirement, students must meet certain skill and assessment requirements while attending rotations.

What are some sites that clinicals and field internships can be completed?

Currently, students are able to attend hospital clinicals at:

  • Children’s Hospital
  • DePaul
  • Mercy
  • Missouri Baptist
  • St. Clare
  • St. Joe’s Health Center
  • St. Joe’s West

Field internships can be completed at:

  • Community Fire Protection District
  • Florissant Valley Fire Protection District
  • Lincoln County Ambulance District
  • Maryland Heights Fire District
  • Metro West Fire Protection District
  • St. Charles City Fire

What are the different Phases of the program?

The day paramedic program is approximately 13 months long and includes a total of 1,380+ hours of time that is divided into three phases.

Phase 1 – didactic phase – includes all lecture and lab skills training.  The didactic phase lasts approximately 8 months.  During this phase class will meet two days per week.  There will be mandatory training that will be necessary to complete on a few Saturdays and Sundays throughout this phase.  Cognitive and psychomotor learning occurs during this phase with the use of lectures, presentations, case studies and lab skill training.  Students are required to read all lecture material before the day of class.  The goal of this phase is to prepare the student with critical thinking abilities to apply their knowledge to real life patients.  Students must pass Phase 1 to progress to Phase 2.

Phase 2  – clinical experience phase – includes hospital clinical rotations so the student will have the ability to perform skills in clinical areas such as the emergency department, ICU, burn unit, operating room, etc.  The clinical experience phase will last approximately 4 months and the student will be co-enrolled while in Phase 1.  Students will have the opportunity to perform skills with designated preceptors under the supervision of affiliated hospital staff such as paramedics, nurses and physicians.  Students will be able to begin Phase 2 after successful completion of ACLS / Semester 1 of Phase 1.  Complete details will be provided on the syllabus.  Students must pass Phase 2 to progress to Phase 3.

Phase 3 – field experience phase – includes performing a full scope of practice on an Advanced Life Support unit while under the direct supervision Paramedic preceptors.  The field experience phase will last approximately 4 months.  During this phase students will be responsible for achieving core competency as an entry level Paramedic.   Students will complete a capstone experience toward the end of Phase 3 by demonstrating that they are able to develop and practice high-level decision making by integrating and applying their learning while dealing with real patient encounters.  This capstone experience will occur on an ALS unit which will require the student to perform competently as a Paramedic.

Students will be required to pass an online CBT test during Phase 3 to be course completed.

Students who fail out of any portion of the class will be required to re-start the program from the beginning.  It is important that a student gains an understanding and comprehends the material before they are allowed to move forward to the next Phase.

It is our goal 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.

What happens if I want to withdraw from the program?

Students will have the opportunity to withdraw up to the first day of class.  After the first day of class there are no refunds. If you decide to leave the program, withdraw, drop or are removed from the program, no refunds will be issued.