Emergency Medical Services Education Program

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.


  • 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).

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 100%.

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.

The most recent retention rate was 67%.

Paramedic Program Documents and Registration:

Note: Applications for the 2023 Program will open on 6/1/2022. If you have questions or require additional, please contact us.