• For more information about GRTS, call 660-646-3414, or stop by and visit us at 1200 Fair Street, Chillicothe, Missouri or E-Mail Us.
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Eric Reeter, Instructor
660-646-3414 OR fax 660 646 3568

Sondra Sturguess, Adult Ed Coordinator
660-646-3414 OR fax 660 646 3568

Contact Firefighter I & II & EMT:
Don Rogers ~ 660-646-3414 OR fax 660 646 3568
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Gainful Employment Disclosure -

Grand River Tech Paramedics is officially the first Accredited Paramedic program in North Missouri!

The GRTS Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of CoAEMSP - the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756

Enter an Exciting and Rewarding Career in

Emergency Medical Services...

Lives are saved every day due to the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics - EMTs with additional advance training to perform more difficult pre-hospital medical procedures. Missouri EMS personnel respond to over 1/2 million calls annually for incidents as varied as heart attacks, auto accidents, drownings, childbirth, gunshot wounds, etc. all requiring immediate medical attention.

During the 1950s, the need for quality pre-hospital care of the critically ill and injured was recognized and, as a result, standardized levels of emergency medical education and pre-hospital health care delivery were developed through the United States Department of Transportation.

Grand River Technical School offers three levels of EMS training:

  • First Responder

  • EMT-Basic

  • EMT-Paramedic

The minimum level - First Responders - are trained to provide basic emergency medical care because they are usually the first persons to arrive on the scene of an accident. Many firefighters, police officers, and other emergency workers have this level of training.

The EMT-Basic rescue personnel are trained to care for patients on accident scenes and in transport by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction. The EMT has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manager respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.

The EMT-Paramedic provides the most extensive pre-hospital care, which includes administration of intravenous fluids and use of manual defibrillators to give lifesaving shocks to a stopped heart. The paramedic will utilize advanced airway techniques and equipment to assist patients experiencing respiratory emergencies. Paramedics may also administer drugs orally and intravenously, interpret EKGs, perform endotrachael intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment.

EMT Basic Training

First Responder | EMT-Basic | EMT-Paramedic


Module 1 Preparatory
Introducing the EMS System The Well-Being of the First Responder
Legal and Ethical Issues The Human Body Lifting and Moving Patients

Module 2 Airway
Airway Management

Module 3 Patient Assessment
Assessment of the Patient

Module 4 Circulation
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Two-Rescuer CPR

Module 5 Illness and Injury
Medical Emergencies Bleeding and Soft-Tissue Injuries Muscle and
Bone Injuries

Module 6 Childbirth and Children
Childbirth Infants and Children

Module 7 EMS Operations
Gaining Access and Triage

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EMT - BASIC Core Requirements

The EMT-Basic course meets one to two nights per week, plus clinical hours and is one school year in length. The EMT-Basic course consists of the following modules:

Module I - Preparatory
Scene Safety and Body Substance Isolation, Quality Improvement/Medical Direction, Lifting Techniques and Stress Management, Medical/Legal, MO State EMS Laws and Statutes

Module II - Airway
Artificial Ventilation, Suctioning, Airway Adjuncts

Module III - Patient Assessment
Four-Step Assessment, Priority Patients

Module IV - Medical/Behavioral
Medical Emergencies, Cardiac Emergencies, AED, Pharmacology, Behavioral Emergencies

Module V - Trauma
Shock, Burns, Injuries, Rapid Extrication

Module VI - OB, Infants, and Children
Childbirth, Medical Problems Specific to Infants and Children

Clinical experience in hospital or emergency services department.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student is then eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examination for the EMT-Basic. Once this examination is successfully completed, the student may then apply for Missouri licensure as an Emergency medical Technician-Basic.

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The EMT-Paramedic program is available to prospective students as either a certificate program or students may pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree. The Associate Degree program includes all of the courses required for Missouri EMT-Paramedic certification as well as a general studies curriculum.

The EMT-Paramedic class meets two days per week plus clinical hours and is approximately 15 months in length. The core EMT-Paramedic program consists of the following... click here for Paramedic Syllabus.

Prerequisite - Copy of current Missouri or National Registry EMT license

Corequisite - *Anatomy & Physiology for college credit may be taken prior to or concurrently with the GRTS Paramedic course, but it MUST be taken.

*A course completion will only be issued upon receipt of official transcript from the college in which the A&P was taken. The transcript must show successful completion of A&P with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA required.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student is then eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examination for the EMT-Paramedic. Once this exam is successfully completed, the student may then apply for Missouri licensure as and EMT-Paramedic.

Grand River Tech Paramedics Success Rates...

98% pass rate 3-year average (2012-2015) on NREMT Psychomotor Exam

94% pass rate 3-year average (2012-2015) on NREMT Cognitive Exam

Plus, 98% 3-year average placement!

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Job Outlook

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2012. Population growth and urbanization will increase the demand for full-time paid EMTs and paramedics rather than for volunteers. In addition, a large segment of the population—the aging baby boomers—will further spur demand for EMT services as they become more likely to have medical emergencies. There will still be demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas. In addition to those arising from job growth, openings will occur because of replacement needs; some workers leave the occupation because of stressful working conditions, limited potential for advancement, and the modest pay and benefits in private-sector jobs.

Most opportunities for EMTs and paramedics are expected to found in private ambulance services. Competition will be greater for jobs in local government, including fire, police, and independent third-service rescue squad departments, in which salaries and benefits tend to be slightly better. Opportunities will be best for those who have advanced certifications, such as EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic, as clients and patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital.

Program Requirements

  • NCMC Degree: Associate of Applied Science

  • NCMC Program: Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic (EMT-P): Management Track

  • GRTS Program: Emergency Medical Technology

  • Program Curriculum: English I, Speech or Interpersonal Communications, American History I or National Government, Math for Allied Health Science, Anatomy & Physiology, Employment Strategies, Psychology of Supervision, Principles of Management, Human Resource Management, Micro-Computer Applications I (62 total credit hours)

Paramedics, licensed in the State of Missouri, will receive advanced placement into the AAS degree in EMT-Paramedic. Thirty college hours will be awarded for completion of the paramedic program, which is applied to the associate degree program. NCMC provides two degree options: Management and Allied Health.

Specific criteria must be met before credit is awarded:

  • Application for college admission

  • Official transcripts from all previous educational programs (high school or GED, vocational schools, and colleges)

  • Evidence of EMT-P program completion from private training entity

  • Proof of current Missouri licensure as EMT-P

  • ASSES or ACT (for academic counseling/course placement)

  • Maintain 2.0 (C) cumulative GPA to graduate

  • Completion of the 32 college credit hours required for the degree

  • Complete a minimum of the last 15 credit hours at NCMC

Firefighting Program

The Firefighter Program is a separate program also offered through GRTS.


The Grand River Technical School adheres to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, handicap, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, or sex in admissions, educational programs, activities, financial aid, and employment.

Public Notice
Nondiscrimination Statement
Chillicothe R-II School District

The Chillicothe R-II School District complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and the American Disabilities Act (ADA). It is the policy of the school district that no person, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap, shall be discriminated against in employment, educational programs and activities or admissions. Inquiries or complaints concerning the Chillicothe R-II School District’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title II, Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 or the American Disabilities Act (ADA) may be directed to: Superintendent Office, Chillicothe R-II School District, P.O. Box 530, Chillicothe, Missouri, 64601. (660-646-4566).

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