Paramedic students from throughout the Southwest Missouri region will take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Practical Exam this weekend at Missouri Southern State University.

Brett Peine, director of Missouri Southern’s emergency medical services department, said between 30 and 40 paramedic students will gather for an orientation session on Friday, July 18, before taking the all-day exam on Saturday, July 19, in the Health Sciences Building.

The National Institute for Emergency Medical Training will administer the hands-on test.

“The company brings in all their own equipment,” said Peine. “There are 10 different stations students have to rotate through, including intubation, static and dynamic cardiology, patient assessment and intraosseous infusion. There’s also a basic skills station and two oral stations, where they’ll have to talk through everything they do.”

Paramedics in Missouri have to go through the national certification process – which also includes a written examination – to become licensed, he said.

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians was established to create uniform training standards and examinations. The National Institute for Emergency Medical Training provides online and interactive courses for healthcare providers.