FAQs – Paramedic Program
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
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:
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 program is scheduled for approximately 13 months including didactic, lab, clinical and field internship. Some student’s may finish the program faster or slower depending on their ability to complete clinicals as scheduled.
How do the clinicals work? Do I schedule my own?
You don’t need to find your own clinicals. You will use a program 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
- 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
- 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 weekends 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, and ambulance. 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 internship / Capstone phase – includes performing a full scope of practice on an Advanced Life Support unit while under the direct supervision Paramedic preceptors. Capstone will last 1-2 months. During this phase students will be responsible for demonstrating their knowledge. 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 challenge the re-entry process. 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.