Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences Paramedic Program has a long and rich history of paramedic education and its evolution, adaptation, and the quality of education it has provided have allowed it to stand the test of time.
The program was first a school offered by Southwest EMS (SWEMS) in the late 1970’s and has adapted and grown throughout the years to meet the ever changing needs of the community and the profession both as St. John’s EMS Education and later Mercy EMS Education.
Beginning in 2013, Mercy EMS strengthened its relationship with Southwest Baptist University (SBU) in which Mercy transferred its paramedic education program to SBU as a part of their Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences. This program, which has known a great many years of success in the discipline of paramedic education, is ever evolving to provide the highest quality education in paramedicine, and is looking forward to a great many more years of producing excellent entry level Paramedics.
The College of Nursing currently offers a one year Paramedic certificate program that prepares students to enter the field of Emergency Medical Services as a Paramedic. Paramedics are highly trained, extremely important members of the allied healthcare team caring for the critically ill or injured in the pre-hospital setting, as well as inside emergency departments or clinics. This is a highly demanding, full year of study that provides students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and master the skills necessary to enter the workforce as a competent entry-level Paramedic. Didactic portions of the course are taught at the Mercy EMS Education Center in Springfield, MO, with clinical time performed at Mercy Hospital Springfield, and a field internship through Mercy EMS.
Right now is an exciting time to enter the field of emergency medical services as a Paramedic as we are constantly seeing advancements in emergency medical care. I hope that you will come and be a part of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences Paramedic Program, where we pride ourselves in teaching and practicing cutting edge, evidence based emergency medical care coupled with the compassion of Christ for all people, especially the ill and injured.
We would love to help you as you consider your future education and career. Thank you for your interest, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.
Luke D. Walker, BA, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P, EMT-T, I/C
Paramedic Program Director
Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences, SBU