SCCAD’s Training Academy offers a Paramedic Program beginning once a year in August. The class meets each Tuesday and approximately one Thursday per month from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The primary instructor for the Paramedic Program is the District’s Director of Education, Kim McKenna, PhD, MEd, RN, EMT-P. Many other qualified instructors and adjuncts lend their expertise to this program.
The SCCAD 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).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445 FAX 214-703-8992 www.coaemsp.org”
Paramedic Program Outcomes:
- Current Missouri EMT-B license
- Two letters of recommendation from employers or instructors
- High school diploma
- College transcripts (if applicable)
- Complete an entrance exam (applicant must pay the $26 non-refundable test fee)
- Current AHA Healthcare Provider CPR certification
- Complete Human Biology (no lab required) at St. Charles Community College or equivalent anatomy & physiology class approved by program director
- Complete a course interview
- Submit a course application by the program deadline
- Upon admission, additional health and screening criteria must be met, including drug screen, criminal record check, Family Services Disqualification List, and Office of the Inspector General Disqualification list and verification student can meet the technical job requirements (see below). Proof of health insurance is required.
- SCCAD does not offer advanced placement for licensed health care personnel (e.g. RNs, MDs, PAs) except for Military EMTs or Advanced EMTs pursuant to Missouri State regulations. Candidates who are current or past (honorably discharged) members of the United States Armed Forces including the National Guard and Reserves will be individually assessed for prior learning to determine which, if any, military courses and work experiences will be recognized toward meeting the program requirements – ALL program attendees must meet all program requirements.
To perform adequately and safely in the classroom, hospital, and prehospital clinical areas, the student must meet the following functional capabilities.
- Must be able to stand, walk, squat, crawl, kneel, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, use standing balance, and climb stairs.
- Reach with hands and arms above the shoulders and over 18 inches, reaching below the shoulders and to the floor. Lift/carry up to 50 lbs. Exert up to 37.5 lbs. force to push or 33.5 lbs. to pull.
- Use hands repetitively with manual dexterity sufficient to finger, handle and feel; fine motor function to manipulate needles and start IVs.
- Must be able to walk and stand for prolonged periods of time.
- Perform CPR according to current AHA guidelines
- Travel to and from class and clinical sites in a timely manner.
- Must hear verbal communication face-to-face and by telephone or radio.
- Must have sufficient aural keenness to evaluate blood pressure, and breath or heart sounds.
- Visual abilities to include: close vision distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to read information from a computer screen, documents or charts; interpret colorimetric diagnostic indicators and visual warning devices; read warning placards and perform scene size-up from a distance; perform visual examination of patient.
- Communicates fluently in English verbally and in writing.
- Retrieves information from lectures, textbooks, and computer aids.
- Adapts communication for intended audience.
- Interacts with people from a variety of social, cultural, emotional and intellectual backgrounds.
- Functions effectively under supervision.
- Computer skills to include: accessing the internet, using a word processing program and receiving and sending email
- Functions effectively in a stressful situation.
- Responds appropriately to emergency situations.
- Can reason, measure, calculate, prioritize and synthesize data to problem-solve while performing patient care activities.
- Uses sound judgment and safety precautions.
- Organizes and prioritizes job tasks.
Presently, the field clinical sites include SCCAD and several other fire and ambulance district sites. Hospital clinicals are completed at several area health centers. In addition to classroom hours, successful completion of ambulance calls, patient assessments, skills and teams leads and approximately 300 hours of hospital or community clinical time and 450 hours of ambulance time are required for course completion.
Students who successfully complete all components of the program will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs written and practical exams (additional fees apply). After the student passes both exams, he or she will be eligible for licensure as a Paramedic in the State of Missouri.
Graduates of the SCCAD program will be certified in: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support and Advanced Medical Life Support.
Presently, SCCAD has an agreement with St. Charles Community College (SCCC). After successful SCCAD & MO state paramedic license completion, the graduate will be eligible for up to 30 hours at SCCC to transfer to the Associate if Applied Science, Emergency Medical Science Degree. During the paramedic program students are not enrolled at SCCC therefore, no college financial aid is available.
Students attending the SCCAD paramedic program are eligible for college credit when enrolled as a full-time student at Lindenwood University in the Bachelor of Fire and Paramedic Science Program.
To learn more about the Paramedic program, to request an admission packet or to schedule an appointment to discuss paramedic training, contact Becky Price, Training Assistant at 636.344.7660. If you provide us with your name and contact information, we will update you with relevant information about the program.
$9,500.00 plus book fees (paid over three semesters).
Eligible applicants may qualify for tuition assistance under the GI Bill.
Refund Policy (per semester)
Withdrawal date Refund Amount
Prior to first semester class start date Full tuition refund less $250.00 processing fee
Prior to second or third semester start date Full tuition refund for dropped semester
Withdrawal within 3 weeks after semester start date 80% tuition refund
Withdrawal >3 weeks until 9th week of semester 40% tuition refund
*No refund on textbooks
Refunds to veterans or eligible persons who fail to enter or fail to complete the course will comply with the Department of Veterans Affair Regulations, CFR 21.4255. *Lindenwood students are subject to Lindenwood refund policies