Paramedic Technology

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    Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Overview


    Associate in Applied Science Degree in Paramedic Technology is a 69-credit-hour program designed for students who want to pursue a career in paramedic technology. Students learn to use ambulance, rescue vehicle and hospital emergency room equipment to provide high-level emergency medical care and stabilize emergency patients.

    This program prepares students for careers as emergency medical technicians/paramedics. Paramedics play an important role in the emergency response system. They are trained to assess and recognize patient injuries and illnesses, provide advanced life support, including fluid and drug therapy, and perform some essential emergency surgical techniques under the written or oral orders of licensed physicians.

    Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification boards and apply for state licensing.

    The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has awarded initial accreditation to this program. The recent peer review conducted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoA EMSP) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognizes the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards.

    The St. Louis Community College Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoA EMSP).

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

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 as full-time paid EMTs and paramedics replace unpaid volunteers. One of the reasons for this growth is that the aging Baby Boomer generation will need increased emergency medical care. In 2004, paramedics held about 192,000 jobs; the majority worked in metropolitan areas.

    Persons interested in paramedic technology should be:

    Mature in dealing with others as well as coworkers
    Physically conditioned to carry, lift, extricate, climb, hoist, etc.
    Able to work with either hand
    Able to give as well as receive written and oral directions and instructions
    Able to see and discriminate color in examining patients to determine diagnostic signs that require immediate treatment


    • Apply for admission to college as regular student
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Appropriate college level test scores in Reading, English and Math within the last three (3) years

    Complete course work in the following with a grade of “C” or better:

    • ENG:030 Introduction to College Writing – 3
    • RDG:030 Introduction to College Reading – 3
    • MTH:030 Elementary Algebra – 3
    • BIO:207 Anatomy & Physiology I – 4

    Current State of Missouri EMT-B License; completion of the Paramedic pre-test with score of 75% or greater; two letters of recommendation, documentation of patient care experience; 100 EMS calls or 100 hours of patient care experience and an interview by the Selection Committee.

    Each of the above items must be in your Paramedic file in order to be considered for admission. Apply at least six (6) weeks before the fall semester.

  • Career Opportunities


    Job Resources

    • For information on the job outlook in the paramedic technology profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
    • To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
    • For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
  • Faculty

    divider-faculty Mark Christopher, EMS Program Coordinator
    Phone: 314-763-6032
    Fax: 314-951-9483
  • Program Curriculum


    Paramedic Technology (AAS) 69 Credits

    Program total 69 credits
    I. Career General Education 29 credits
    ENG:101 College Composition I (or)
    ENG:100 Career English 3
    ENG:102 College Composition II (or)
    ENG:103 Report Writing 3
    XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
    XXX:xxx Social Science requirement 3
    BIO:207 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
    BIO:208 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
    BIO:203 General Microbiology 4
    CHM:101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (or)
    CHM:105 General Chemistry I 5
    II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
    III. Area of Concentration 38 credits
    PAR:201 Principles of Paramedic Technology I 8
    PAR:202 Principles of Paramedic Technology II 8
    PAR:226 Principles of Paramedic Technology III 3
    PAR:227 Principles of Paramedic Technology IV 4
    PAR:203 Pharmacology for Paramedics 3
    PAR:211 Paramedic Laboratory I 1
    PAR:212 Paramedic Laboratory II 1
    PAR:221 Paramedic Clinical I 1
    PAR:222 Paramedic Clinical II 2
    PAR:228 Paramedic Clinical III 1
    PAR:223 Paramedic Internship I 1
    PAR:224 Paramedic Internship II 1
    PAR:225 Paramedic Internship III 4
  • Additional Information


    Advanced Placement Policy

    The Paramedic program at St. Louis Community College does not accept credit earned through challenge examinations, achievement tests (advanced placement), or experiential learning for the Paramedic core classes (PAR:xxx).

    Program Effectiveness Data

    Credentialing Examination Pass Rates:  The number of graduates that pass the National Registry for EMTs practical examination, the written examination and those that pass the written examination on the first attempt.

    Year % Passing Practical Exam % Passing Written Exam % Passing Written Exam on 1st Attempt Number of Students Attempting Exam
    2012 100% 91% 82% 22
    2013 100% 94% 83% 18
    2014 100% 91% 67% 12
    3 year average 100% 92% 79% 52

    Employment Rate:  The number of students with NREMT certification currently working in the EMS field or military.

    Year % Job Placement Number of Students
    2012 84% 19
    2013 100% 17
    2014 90% 10
    3 year average 91% 46

    Program Completion Rate:  The number of students who completed the program compared to the number enrolled in the program initially.

    Year % Completion Number of Students
    2012 79% 22 of 28
    2013 100% 18 of 18
    2014 81% 13 of 16
    3 year average 85% 53 of 62



    The Paramedic Technology program is offered at our Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses, as well as online. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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