Paramedic Class - 2021 Applicants

A Letter from 

Frankfort Fire & EMS:  

Paramedic Class 2021

June 15, 2021

Dear Applicant: 

 Frankfort Fire and EMS’s Paramedic Program is a certificate program only that is currently operating under a Letter of Review from COAEMSP.  College credit, up to 38 hours, will be awarded upon successful completion and acquisition of your National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) paramedic certificate and all requirements set-forth by Gateway Community and Technical College.  

 Frankfort Fire and EMS’s Paramedic Program will begin September 14, 2021.  The classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 0900-1600.  They will be held in the City of Frankfort Training Center, 105 Bridge Street, in Frankfort.  Didactic and Clinical rotations tentatively will be completed October 11, 2022.  Capstone Field Internship should be completed within six (6) months from classroom graduation.    

 The cost of the Program is $6500.00  

   1) Tuition cost covers the following course items: 

a.    All course text books

b.    ACLS, ITLS, and PALS certification and card Fees 

c.    Platinum Student account Fees 

d.    Two (2) Program Polo Shirts 

e.    10 Panel Drug Screen 

f.    Course ID card 

g.    Hospital specific required background check 

h.    Cost of student search on the OIG-HHS Exclusion Database and the United States General Services Administration Exclusion Database

2)   Tuition cost DOES NOT cover the Following additional fees: 

a.    National Registry testing fees 

b.    State testing Fees  

c.    State Background checks 

d.    Initial State licensure fee 

e.    Any required immunizations 

f.    Pre-course physical 

g.    Liability Insurance 

h.    Course extension/remediation fees  

 Upon notification of acceptance students will be required to furnish a non-refundable deposit of one half (1/2) of the tuition with a completed application packet three (3) weeks prior to the first day of class which is August 24, 2021.  The remaining tuition may be paid in installments; however, full course tuition must be paid in full prior to the start of module 9 (Medical Emergencies II) which is May 17, 2022.  

Students who fail to settle financial obligation by the deadline will be allowed to continue to attend didactic course work only, all clinical/field experience and field internships will be suspended until student financial obligations are fulfilled.   If obligations remain unsatisfied by the end of the didactic portion of the class (October 11, 2022), student will be removed from the program.  No re-admittance will be allowed. 

Students that are sponsored by an agency will be asked to sign an Informed Consent for Sharing Academic Information.  The student has the right to refuse to sign this consent.  The sponsoring agency will be given a copy of the signed document or informed of the student refusal.   

Students that withdraw from the Program within the first two weeks of class will be refunded any monies above the non-refundable ½ of the tuition deposit.  This date is September 28, 2021.

Students may voluntarily withdraw from the program at any time upon submitting written notification to the Program Director.

  Students who withdraw from the program are not considered to have successfully completed the program.    

o    Students who voluntarily withdraw from the program, prior to module 6 (Cardiology I February 8, 2022), may be subject to receiving a tuition refund.  Tuition refunds (total tuition paid minus (-) the nonrefundable deposit of one half (1/2) of the tuition) will be prorated monthly up to this module.  Once module 6 (Cardiology I) begins all monies paid to the program will be forfeited and students will not receive any tuition refund.  

 Students who are expelled from the program, regardless of course duration, paid tuition will be forfeited, and students will not receive any tuition refund. 

In order to be eligible for entry into this course, the student must be eighteen years old, and have the following complete and on file: Starred items are needed immediately for consideration into the class. (No later than August 24, 2021).  

o    A background check from every state of residence in the last five years at time of application to test for paramedicine. 

o    This will be accomplished through KBEMS web site.

o    High School Diploma or GED ** 

o    Current Kentucky EMT card ** (If you are a National Registry EMT, you can apply to become a Kentucky certified EMT.

o    If you do not hold a National Registry or KY EMT certification, you must obtain these for admittance into class)

    Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider card ** 

    Kentucky Driver’s License ** 

    Physical examination within last 6 months to include a current TB skin ** 

    Health record verification of: (Most of these are on your baby shot record)

o    These will be required BEFORE you can begin any clinical rotations, approximately by mid-October 2021.

    Three Hepatitis B injections or a hepatitis B antibody titer.  You may choose to sign a waiver for these. 

    Two MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) injections or MMR titers 

    Physician signed verification of chicken pox or a chicken pox tiiter (varicella titer) or varicella immunization 

    Current Tdap immunization 

    Flu shot if applicable.     

    Hepatitis A or waiver 

COVID 19 Vaccination is still fluid.  There is a high chance this may be required by any clinical site and you must conform to their policies to be able to complete the required clinical hours. Masks may be required for unvaccinated individuals in the classroom and clinical areas.  If you are vaccinated, please send me a copy of your card.  Should you have concerns about the COVID vaccine, please give this program due thought.  

Testing for entry into this program is a step process: 

    Must complete a TABE test at own cost. Attached is an information sheet. Results are due by August 12, 2021.  A passing score at ninth grade level in all categories is required. It may be taken as many times as you like.

    Sit for a computer-generated examination of basic EMT knowledge at the City of Frankfort Safety Building, 300 West Second Street. A passing score of 70% is required.  Testing is July 6 0900-1200 and 7 at 1300-1600 OR July 27 0900-1200 and July 28 1300-1600..  Please schedule this date by emailing me at bsauter@frankfort.ky.gov or calling me at 502 682 7028.  (Point score added into total score) 

    Perform a satisfactory trauma assessment in accordance with the enclosed National Registry Evaluation Sheets.  This will be administered on July 6, 7, 27 and 28 at same times above at 105 Bridge Street   Please schedule this date as well. (Point score added into total score)

Upon completion of the admission components/examinations, each candidate’s score shall be combined to create a total score.  An eligibility list, based upon total score from highest to lowest, will be compiled with the top 20 applicants receiving an invite to attend the program. 

Those passing the above steps will sit for an Interview with the Selection Committee. This is scheduled for August 10 or 11.  You will be notified of your date and time. 

The mission of this Program is to offer an educational experience for EMS and Fire Services.  Therefore, sponsored candidates (those candidates whereby the agency will be paying the tuition and insurance) will be given priority over lay individuals.  Of the twenty slots, 7 are reserved for FFEMS candidates leaving 13 open slots.   

Number of applicants will be limited, therefore, notify this office as soon as possible of your intent to test for entry.  

A copy of the Course Catalog and the policies is available for your review on our website www.frankfort.ky.gov.  If you need any further information regarding this class, please email me.   Upon acceptance, a copy will be distributed to you.   

Thank you for taking the time to consider becoming a paramedic with Frankfort Fire and EMS.  We look forward to working with you.   

Sincerely, 


Barbara Sauter RN BSN, Program Coordinator

Gary Gebhart EMT-P BS, Program Director

Frankfort Fire and EMS Paramedic Program