Sub-Section 3-490-34 - Paramedic Academy Classroom Details

CMH EMS Education Manual

The Paramedic Academy is broken into four (4) trimesters of 16 weeks each:

Coursework, classroom activities, and in-class testing will focus on personal safety, teamwork, and exceptional, compassionate patient care. Extensive use of simulation and scenario education will be included. Additionally, personal work habits and fitness activities will be included to prepare students for a life-long career in EMS.

Trimester, contact, and clinical hours:

Course Credit hours Classroom and lab contact hours Clinical (hospital) contact hours Field experience (ambulance) contact hours Field internship (ambulance team lead) contact hours Total contact hours
EMS 501 8 128 128
BIO 111 3 80 80
BIO 211 3 80 80
First Trimester Total 14 288 0 0 0 288
EMS 506 4 72 72
EMS 511 13 216 216
Second Trimester Total 17 216 72 0 0 288
EMS 516 11 178 178
EMS 521 13 216 216
Third Trimester Total 24 216 178 0 0 394
EMS 526 6 100 100
EMS 536 9 150 150
Fourth Trimester Total 15 0 0 100 150 250
Academy Totals 70 720 250 100 150 1,220
Minimums established by MO 19 CSR 30-40.331(2) 500 250 250 1,000
"Typical range" by CoAEMSP 1,000-1,300

Participation Credit

All participation scores must be above 70% for each semester to successfully pass the course.

Chapter pre-quiz participation:

"Lights and Siren" and "People Care" weekly discussion participation:

Generic Chapter Classroom and Laboratory Schedule

The following schedule is used for each chapter classroom and laboratory activities. Some chapters span several class periods and some class periods have multiple chapters. Instructors and students will need to practice flexibility with varied chapter content and guest instructors.

  1. Pre-Quiz: A minimum of 70% overall participation in each category at the end of the semester is required.
  2. Case study: The chapter case study is presented to develop classroom discussion.
  3. Chapter lecture: This involves highlights from the reading assignment, tips and tricks from the field, and guest lecturers. Student-led impromptu lecture based on student questions is also included.
  4. Next Pharmacology Review: Instructor-led impromptu lecture based on the list of medications to be tested on the next class date. This lecture will contain heavy discussion on represented protocols as they apply to these medications.
  5. Skills lab: Specific skills associated with the lecture will be reviewed, practiced, and tested. Observation, practice, and refinement of individual skills on manikins and fellow students.
  6. Pharmacology Quiz: Assigned medication(s) and/or random medication(s) that have already been quizzed.
  7. EKG Quiz: A random EKG will be selected and must be interpreted.
  8. Simulation Lab: The on-duty student team manages a simulation scenario developed by their peers based on an actual call and patient. Other students play as actors or patients, evaluate the team, or observe as assigned.
  9. Simulation Review: Directly after the scenario, the entire class reviews the scenario. The on-duty team critiques themselves first, followed by the instructor, and then the entire class. Instructor-led impromptu lecture based on street and real-life experience.

Generic Daily Agenda

Full-Day Agenda (for generic reference, only):

Start End Description
0830 0930 Simulation
0930 0945 Case Study
0945 1045 Lecture
1045 1100 ECG/Pharm Quiz
1100 1200 Lunch
1200 1300 Simulation
1300 1315 Pharm review
1315 1330 Test Review
1330 1430 Lecture
1430 1530 Lab Skills
1530 1630 Lecture
1630 1730 Lab Skills

Half-Day Agenda (for reference only):

Start End Description
1330 1430 Simulation
1430 1445 ECG/Pharm Quiz
1445 1500 Case Study
1500 1515 Pharm review
1515 1530 Test Review
1530 1630 Lecture
1630 1730 Lab Skills

Change Log:

DateLink to
Description of change
10/31/20Moved online.
11/16/20pdfUpdated schedule for 2021 Paramedic Academy. Moved A&P to first trimester. Added Lights and Siren book.

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