EMS Education Institute - Frequently asked questions

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    How much does it cost?

    Estimated expenses:

    Expense Estimate EMTB Paramedic
    Application Fee
    Tuition $1000 $7000
    Entrance Exam $50 $50
    Liability Insurance $50 estimated $80 estimated
    TB Skin Test $40 estimated $40 estimated
    Influenza Shot (due annually) $50 estimated $50 estimated
    Immunizations $100 estimated $100 estimated
    Drug Screen & National Background Screening $80 estimated $80 estimated
    FISDAP Clinical Account $147 $226
    JBL Textbook & Online Access $282 $651
    Personal Equipment $165 estimated $165 estimated
    NREMT Testing $200 $360
    Total Estimated Expenses $2,164 $8,802
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    Do I have to complete the Medical Form or can I just send you my records?

    A completed UMHS EMS Education Medical Form with a signed medical release from a physician is required for all students. Immunization and lab records need to be interpreted by your health care provider; please do not send your medical records unless specifically requested.

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    Where and when do I get the drug screen?

    A clean drug screen is required within 90 days before a course begins. A repeat screening may be required.

    Students will receive information regarding the National Background Screening and required drug screen in their acceptance packet. This process is completed through our secure CastleBranch link.

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    How do I submit my prerequisites?

    The most reliable way to submit your documentation is to scan your documents and send them by email to [email protected]. A confirmation email will be sent when the documents are received and you will also have a copy in your sent files. Should you find that you have not received a confirmation email please double check the address and resend.

    You may also mail your documentation to:

    EMS Education Institute
    2800 Maguire Blvd.
    Columbia, MO 65211

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    How do I pay?

    Payments can be made by cash, check, money order or certified check. Payments should include student name and class enrolled to ensure accurate and timely posting and may be mailed to:

    EMS Education Institute
    2800 Maguire Blvd.
    Columbia, MO 65211

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    Can I make payments?

    Payment plans are available upon request. Please reach out at [email protected] or 573-882-8018 if you would like to set up a payment plan for your course.

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    Where do I get Medical Liability Insurance?

    There are many companies that provide Medical Liability Insurance, please choose a policy that best meets your needs.

    Healthcare Providers Service Organization is one of the most popular providers that our students choose. CM&F Group Inc., is another company.

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    What vaccinations do I need?

    Healthcare Personnel Vaccinations are required and are subject to change based on government requirements and UMHS policies. Hepatitis B/Heptavax Series, MMR, Varicella, Influenza, Tetanus Diptheria, and COVID vaccine and boosters are required and must be kept current. Influenza vaccinations typically become available by October 1 and should be obtained no later than October 31 and repeated annually. Details regarding Hepatitis B, Influenza, MMR, Varicella, Tetanus diphtheria pertussis, and Covid vaccinations can be found at: immunize.org/catg.d/p2017.pdf

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    How long do I have to finish my clinicals?

    Students are required to complete all of their clinical rotation time within an appropriate period of time from the final exam for the didactic portion of class. The course completion deadlines are:

    • EMT-B: 45 days to complete all clinical rotation time from the date of the final exam.
    • Paramedic: 12 weeks to complete all clinical rotation time from the date of the final exam.

    Completion of clinical rotations includes having an exit interview with the Course Coordinator and/or Program Director for EMT students, and the Program Director and/or Medical Director for Paramedic students, where course completion can be entered into the National Registry website.

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    How long before I can get my license?

    Students are eligible to take the NREMT Psychomotor examination following successful completion of the Didactic and Lab portions of the Class and ALL Lab Skill Requirements have been successfully documented in FISDAP. Testing before these requirements have been met will yield invalid results; students are responsible for all resulting fees.

    Students are eligible to take the NREMT Cognitive exam after completion of ALL Didactic, Lab, and Clinical Requirements have been successfully completed, successful exit interview with Program Director and/or Medical Director approval, and successful completion of all NREMT Psychomotor examination components. See NREMT.org for additional details, requirements and deadlines.

    Once you have successfully completed both NREMT exams, you will get an NREMT certificate. At this time, you can apply for a State of Missouri License at: health.mo.gov/ems.

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    Where can I get my transcripts?

    Download and complete the Transcript Request Form (PDF) and fax or mail it to the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute (FRTI).


The University of Missouri Health Care EMS Institute’s 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).


To contact CAAHEP

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350

To contact COAEMSP

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992