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The Emergency Medical Science AAS will prepare you to take the board examination to be a licensed paramedic/mobile intensive care technician (MICT).

The program is broken into two parts:

General education courses

You may take any courses that meet the general education requirements for an AAS degree. These courses usually comprise your first year of classes at JCCC if you attend full time.

To be eligible to apply for the paramedic/MICT program, you must take anatomy, physiology or anatomy/physiology in the science cluster. You must complete these courses with a 2.0 or greater GPA in order to be considered for the professional courses. Contact Charles Foat for specifics.

Professional courses

These are the courses that will specifically train you in the paramedic field, including a clinical rotation in the hospital setting and field internship with an advanced life support ambulance service.

At this point, candidates are selected to continue in the program based on grades earned in the general education courses and an interview with EMS faculty.

The professional courses are limited to 24 students. It is possible that you may complete the general education courses, but not be able to continue in the program if you are not selected. You may reapply for the following year if you are not selected immediately.

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2019 EMS/MICT program was Oct. 1, 2018. The application for the Spring 2020 program will open at the end of June 2019.

Residency requirements

Individuals who enroll at JCCC who have not been residents of the state of Kansas for six (6) months prior to the first day of the semester are considered non-residents and must pay the out-of-county, the metro rate, or out-of-state tuition. Check with the Admissions Office for complete information about residency requirements, 913-469-3803.

For those applying for financial aid

Financial aid is awarded for spring classes the previous fall. If you anticipate needing funds for the spring class, you must apply for financial aid in the previous summer.  Contact JCCC Financial Aid as soon as possible.

Personal appearance

All students are required to participate in activities at hospitals and EMS services. These providers have requirements regarding visible tattoos and body piercing. Therefore, no visible tattoos are allowed during field or clinical internship or anytime the student is the program uniform. Body piercing is limited to one earring in each ear.

The MICT school year

To have a better idea on how to plan for the coming year, here is an estimation of the time commitments you might expect. During the year you will be interning at many different sites within a 40-mile radius of the college. Your own transportation is required.

MICT I and II Spring

You will be in class Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am-4:30 pm with a 30-minute break for lunch. Unit final exams are given approximately every third Thursday morning. An optional review lab is available every Tuesday morning as well. Plan on studying a minimum of 12 hours/week with a total time commitment of at least 32 hours/week. After the first 8 weeks, you will also ride with area ambulance service two shifts a month. These shifts are typically on weekends and range from 12-24 hours in duration. When riding with field internship providers, you must adhere to program and field provider dress codes regarding facial hair and hairstyles.


Summer is the time for your hospital clinical internship.  During clinical internship, schedule time commitments increase to 40-48 hours weekly, plus a field shift every other week. This time commitment does not include study time. Clinical shifts may vary from 8-12 hours and can occur at various times throughout a 24-hour period. These shifts are scheduled Monday-Saturday with occasional Sundays.  Every Wednesday you will be in class from 9:00am-4:30pm. If some competencies required for the clinical phase of instruction are not accomplished during your scheduled rotation, you may have to return to a given area to complete the competency.  Quizzes will be given in class every other week, and a comprehensive final exam in September.


This is the field internship phase of your training. During this period, you will be assigned to a preceptor in one or more area ALS agencies. While assigned to the preceptor, you will work the preceptor’s full-time work schedule.  Shifts vary from 24-hour shifts rotating through an average of 10 day/month, to 10.5-12-hour shift which may run the same days every week. Typical 24-hour shifts beginning and end at 7AM, 8AM or 9AM.  Other shifts have a start and end times as diverse as 7AM-7PM or 9PM-9AM. During this period, you will be spending 8 hours/week in the classroom. Class days will vary and are based on your field assignment.  A total commitment of as much as 62 hours/week can be expected, not counting study time.  A quiz will be given every other week with a comprehensive final in December. Students are required to demonstrate competency on multiple EMS call situations, including randomly selected cardiac, medical and trauma scenarios, and passing scores on each section of a comprehensive final are required.

Attendance requirements for all course activities are strict. The grading scale is 80% for passing, and 94% is required for an “A.” Students must also demonstrate competency in various skill sets measured in labs, clinical, and field environments throughout the year.

Physical fitness

To gain employment with most EMS services, you will have to pass a physical conditioning test. This test evaluates flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, upper body strength and body fat. Physical dexterity and stamina are required for a successful MICT student.

The student must:

  • have the ability to articulate and control equipment involving finely tuned motor skills including syringes, blood pressure equipment and the administration of medications
  • have the ability and dexterity to lift up to 75 lbs. and move patients in a controlled and fluid motion
  • be able to see sufficiently to read dials and gauges
  • be able to deliver patient care while in a kneeling position
  • be able to deliver patient care while bending over 90 degrees
  • be able to communicate to patients and crew so as to deliver effective patient care

Working out should be a part of your normal weekly routine.