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Paramedic’s Corner: Classes to be offered locally for paramedic training
Paramedic’s Corner: Classes to be offered locally for paramedic training

Ambulance Director Gary Carmack
The Pulaski County Ambulance District (PCAD) Educational Division will be presenting a paramedic program starting in September.

The first day of class will start at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the PCAD Waynesville base classroom. The paramedic program is a 1,200 to 1,250 hour program and follows the current National Standard Curriculum for Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic as published by the United States Department of Transportation and the Missouri Training Entity Regulations. The medical director for the course is Dr. Barton Warren, and I will be the program director/lead instructor.

The course requires the following total hours:

500 hours in the classroom of didactic and practical laboratory
300-350 hours of hospital clinical rotations
400 hours of field internship
Total: 1,200-1,250 hours

The paramedic student will be required to do the following hours in the various listed hospital departments:

Emergency Room (ER)/IV Team/Triage/Lab/Respiratory Therapy: 132 hours
Critical Care (various ICUs): 40
Neonate/Pediatrics/Ped ICU: 40
Anesthesia/OR/Recovery (Surgery): 40
Labor/Delivery: 24
Psychiatrics: 16
Morgue/autopsy: 8
Total Hospital Hours Required: 300

More hours are available for remediation or if the student hasn’t met required patient assessments and clinical skills in the above listed time. Some students will require 350 hospital hours.

Ambulance Internship: 400 hours required.
Approved Clinical/Internship Locations:
Ambulance Services: PCAD
Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla
St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon
General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital
University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics in Columbia
Morgue, Cox South, Springfield

After graduating and passing the state and national registry examinations, the student can receive 30 college hours at Drury University. With other courses, the student can earn an associates degree in emergency medical science at Drury.

Possible affiliation with Central Texas College is pending as well for college hours. Additionally, the student can obtain 36 college hours at Southwest Baptist University.

Entrance requirements for the program are a high school diploma or GED, a current EMT license, a criminal background check, and health records showing immunizations. The cost is approximately $3500, which includes books.

Those interested in a school application may call (573) 774-5413 or stop at the ambulance base in Waynesville.

PCAD is also starting a CPR program. The initial classes will be the American Heart Association’s "CPR for Family and Friends" program. We will also offer first aid, various "CPR for Layperson" courses, and healthcare CPR as needed per group. The "CPR for Family and Friends" course will help students gain the knowledge and skills to save the life of a loved one, a friend, or a neighbor. The "CPR for Family and Friends" course will be provided as a public service at no cost. There will be costs for other courses such as first hid or healthcare CPR.

Those who want more information may contact PCAD at (573) 774-5413 or stop by and see us. While there, you can get a free blood pressure and/or glucose check by our staff.

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