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EMS Education Program
Phone: 816-235-1945
Email: ems@umkc.edu

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UMKC School of Medicine
EMS Education Program
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Physical Location:

KCFD EMS Headquarters
6750 Eastwood Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64129
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Life Support Training (BLS and ACLS)

Basic Life Support

Format: Traditional and HeartCode blended
Instructor: UMKC EMS Education

BLS for Healthcare Providers is designed for persons who are responsible for providing CPR as part of their professional responsibilities. This course covers adult, child, and infant one and two rescuer CPR, and AED use.

Participants who complete the HeartCode™ BLS Part 1 online may perform the skills exam with an instructor during one of the scheduled skills testing sessions. The participant must print and bring a copy of the Part 1 certificate when they arrive for skills testing.

The AHA completion card is good for two years from the date of training. Both initial and renewal courses are offered, and courses may be cancelled if minimal enrollment numbers are not reached

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Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

Format: Traditional and HeartCode blended
Instructor: UMKC EMS Education

ACLS is designed for persons who are part of a team responsible for providing rapid response and resuscitation from cardiovascular emergencies and cardiac arrest as part of their professional responsibilities. This course covers team-based resuscitation techniques and management of cardiac arrest, cardiac dysrhythmias, acute coronary syndrome and stroke.

Participants who complete the HeartCode™ ACLS Part 1 online may perform the skills exam to complete the requirements for an ACLS completion card. The participant must print and bring a copy of the Part 1 certificate when they arrive for skills testing. Heartcode ACLS skills testing is conducted during regularly scheduled ACLS renewal classes, and a skills test fee applies.

The AHA completion card is good for two years from the date of training. Both initial and renewal courses are offered, and courses may be cancelled if minimal enrollment numbers are not reached.

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Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Format: Traditional and HeartCode blended
Instructor: UMKC EMS Education

PALS is designed for persons who are part of a team responsible for providing rapid response to emergencies in infants and children as part of their professional responsibilities. This course covers team-based resuscitation techniques and management of respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, and cardiac dysrhythmias.

Participants who complete the HeartCode™ PALS Part 1 online may perform the skills exam to complete the requirements for an PALS completion card. The participant must print and bring a copy of the Part 1 certificate when they arrive for skills testing. Heartcode PALS skills testing is conducted during regularly scheduled PALS renewal classes, and a skills test fee applies.

The AHA completion card is good for two years from the date of training. Both initial and renewal courses are offered, and courses may be cancelled if minimal enrollment numbers are not reached.

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EMS Instructor (DOT 40-hour)

The EMS Instructor program is designed to introduce the participant to the methods and techniques for providing initial and continuing EMS education. This program is considered entry-level for those entering EMS education as instructors, and is based upon the 2002 U.S. Department of Transportation curriculum for EMS Instructors. This course meets the 40-hour Instructor course requirement for EMS educators. There is a mandatory online component, with work required prior to, and between course sessions.

The EMS Instructor program is offered once annually in the fall, based upon demand.

Participants in the EMS Instructor program must be currently licensed as an EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic in Missouri or another state, or be Nationally Registered at one of those levels. They must also have at least two years of clinical experience, and certification as an instructor in at least one of the following: BLS, ACLS, PHTLS, ITLS, PALS, or PEPP. Registered nurses and physicians with at least two years of clinical experience may also apply.

Please note: This program meets the requirements for the 40-hour instructor-training course in Missouri. Other states may have different requirements. Interested persons from outside of Missouri should check with their home EMS office before registering to confirm this course will be accepted.

Emergency Medical Responder Program

The EMR program is a 48-hour course designed to introduce the participant to basic life support and emergency medical care for the first minutes of an emergency until EMS help arrives. This program is based on the 2009 EMS Education Standards for Emergency Medical Responder. Typical participants in the EMR program include police officers, firefighters, security and industrial emergency response personnel. Upon successful completion of the EMR program, a certificate will be awarded that permits the student to participate in the written examination to become certified by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as an Emergency Medical Responder.

Note: While Missouri law in certain circumstances recognizes Emergency Medical Responders, the State of Missouri does not currently license Emergency Medical Responders.

Pre-requisites:

  • 18 years of age
  • High school graduate or GED

The EMR program is offered on demand at locations using EMR staff to respond to emergencies on their premises.

Registration for the public EMR program is open until approximately two weeks before the program start date; however, all seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for private EMR programs is at the discretion of the host location.

Emergency Medical Technician Program

The EMT program is a 140-hour course designed to introduce the participant basic life support and pre-hospital emergency medical care. This program is considered to be entry-level for a career in emergency care, and is based upon the 2009 EMS Education Standards for Emergency Medical Technician. There is a clinical and field experience component to provide the student with exposure to the hospital emergency department and ambulance settings.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements and the state practical examination, the participant will be eligible to apply for and take the National Registry cognitive examination.  Once the national practical and written examinations have been completed, the participant may apply to the State of Missouri for licensure as an EMT.  There are separate fees for these licensure examinations that are not included in the course fees.

Admission Criteria:

  • Completion of high school diploma or GED
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Must pass a criminal background check to complete clinical experiences.

The Traditional EMT program is offered in the fall starting in mid-August, and in the spring starting in January. The program typically meets two 4-hour days per week, with sessions offered both during the day and evening.  The EMT program lasts approximately four months. The Summer EMT Academy starts in June and typically meets two 8-hour days per week lasting nine weeks.

Registration for the EMT programs opens 90 days from the first-class session and is open until two weeks before the program start date; however, all seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Paramedic Program

The UMKC Paramedic program is designed to introduce the EMT to the principles and practices of advanced life support and pre-hospital emergency medical care. The program is based upon the 2009 EMS Education Standards for Paramedic education. Upon successful completion of the program, a certificate will be awarded that permits the student to participate in the national certification examinations that lead to state licensure. The goal of the Paramedic program is to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Pre-requisites:

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Valid Missouri EMT-B license or ability to obtain Missouri reciprocity (NREMT) prior to start of program.
  • Submission of a written application and three letters of reference.
  • Wonderlic SLE score of 18 or greater.
  • Completion of an EMT knowledge test.
  • Attendance at a program orientation session.
  • College-level A&P course or complete the A&P review course offered by the program.
  • Obtain course required criminal background check no later than the third week of class.
  • Obtain a 10-panel drug test no later than the third week of class.
  • Submit clinical health requirements no later than the third week of class.
  • Computer access, with internet access, email, and printer for homework.

The UMKC Paramedic Program is approved by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau of EMS (09529T6). The program curriculum exceeds that of both the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Missouri Bureau of EMS.

The UMKC School of Medicine Paramedic Program 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).

Paramedic Program – Exam, Retention, and Positive Placement
Cohort Students in Cohort Students Completed Program Retention Positive Placement NREMT 1st Attempt NREMT 3rd Attempt NREMT All Attempts NREMT Psychomotor
2015 5 4 80% 100% 75% 100% 100% 100%
2016 11 9 82% 100% 67% 89% 100% 100%
2017 7 5 72% 80% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Paramedic Program Documents and Registration:

Note: Registration for 2021 will close (11/11/20). If you have questions or require additional, please contact us.

 

Emergency Medical Services Education Program

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Department of Emergency Medicine
Professor
Adam Algren, M.D.

EMS Education Medical Director
Assistant Professor
Erica Carney, M.D.

Virginia Wilson, FF/EMT-P, BSBA
Program Director
UMKC School of Medicine
EMS Education Program
Email: wilsonmv@umkc.edu
Work: 816-235-5355
Fax: 816-235-6191
Cell: 660-909-8030

The UMKC School of Medicine, in cooperation with the EMS Section of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Truman Medical Center, offers programs in Pre-Hospital Life Support education. Initial programs are provided at the Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic level. Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Advanced EMT (EMT-Intermediate) and EMS Instructor courses are also available based on demand. The program offers continuing education classes to assist EMS personnel the opportunity to maintain their licenses and national certification.

The UMKC EMS Education programs are approved by the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of EMS #09529T6.

The UMKC School of Medicine Paramedic Program 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).

caahep-wp Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111 ‐ 312
Rowlett, TX 75088
TEL: (214) 703 ‐ 8445
FAX: (214) 703 ‐ 8992
www.coaemsp.org

 

Instructional Staff

Program Director

Virginia Wilson, FF/Paramedic, BSBA

Virginia Wilson is from the Kansas City area with over 25 years of Fire and EMS experience. She is a graduate of the Paramedic Class of 1997 at Grand River Technical School and completed the UMBC Critical Care Paramedic Program in 2000. She is a nationally certified EMS Educator and has been a Lead Instructor and Clinical Coordinator at the University of Missouri – Columbia and the University of Missouri- Kansas City since 2013. She has also served the profession on the State and Federal Level as an EMS Inspector/Investigator and as Program Manager for the Missouri EMS for Children State Partnership Grant. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration- Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Photography from the University of Central Missouri.

EMS Education Medical Director

Erica Carney, M.D.

Erica Carney, MDDr. Carney is a graduate of the UMKC School of Medicine’s BA/MD program and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Truman Medical Center. She completed an EMS fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and is a board-certified EMS Physician. Dr. Carney currently practices as a staff physician and member of the faculty in the Emergency Department at Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill. She is also the EMS Medical Director for the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

Paramedic Lead Instructor

William Gullick II, B.S., NRP

William Gulick II, B.S., NRPOriginally, from Pennsylvania, Bill Gulick came to Kansas City to work as a Paramedic in the MAST system. Bill has been a field paramedic, supervisor, educator, and EMS manager in a variety of focus areas. He is currently a Division Chief for the Kansas City (MO) Fire Department addressing health, safety, and risk management issues. Bill started as the Lead Instructor for the EMT programs in 2013, and currently is the Lead Instructor for the Paramedic program.

EMT Lead Instructor/Clinical Coordinator

Christina Akins, NRP, AS

Christina Akins is a Kansas City native with over 12 years of experience in Emergency Services. She attended Kansas City Kansas Community College where she earned her Associate Degree. She went on to complete her Paramedic education through Metropolitan Community College Kansas City-Penn Valley EMS Program. Christina has experience working as a paramedic in urban and rural EMS environments, as a civilian paramedic for the military, and assisted in developing an EMS service in an existing Fire Department. She began her career in education as an EMT Lab Instructor for KCKCC before transitioning to Paramedic/EMT Instructor for MCCKC-PV. She began her career with University of Missouri-Kansas City EMS Program in 2018. She accepted the position of EMS Program Clinical Coordinator in October 2019.

EMT Lead Instructor

Stephen Simpson, NRP, BA

Bio Coming Soon.

 

Adjunct Instructors

Jacob Biggs, NRP
Roxanne Buck, NRP
Erik Carlsen, NRP
Jack Chapman, NRP
Matthew Frey, NRP
Sybil J. Frost, NRP
Keith Gibson, NRP
Maria McAhan, NREMT
Jason Pool, NRP
Robert Raukar, NRP

Clinical Partners

Centerpoint Medical Center
Excelsior Springs Fire Department
Gladstone Fire and EMS Division
Grandview Fire Department
Pleasant Hill Fire Protection District
Liberty Hospital
Research Medical Center
Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill
Truman Medical Center-Lakewood