Capstone Experience

Capstone Experience

The Paramedic Capstone Exam is administered during EMSP 2463. It is comprehensive to ensure competency of the entire EMS Program learning experience.

The Capstone Exam consists of two parts:

  • Successful completion of the MICU internship
  • FISDAP, a comprehensive 200 question exam.

Passing both components of the Capstone Exam is required to be eligible to receive a DSHS Course Completion Certificate and to receive a passing grade in the course.

  1. The MICU Internship: consists of 11 24-hour shifts on an MICU as assigned by the clinical coordinator.
    • The components of the MICU internship evaluated are psychomotor skills, to include patient assessment, non-invasive as well as invasive medical procedures; interaction with patients, public and public servants; timeliness and general performance under stress and other adverse conditions; and documentation.
    • Failure of any of the above components may result in failure of the MICU internship.
    • MICU internship is a continual experience. Should a student fail the internship, the student will be required to re-enroll in EMSP 2463.
    • Students who fail the MICU internship will receive a grade of “F” for EMSP 2463 regardless of the score on the written component of the examination.
    • Students needing to re-take EMSP 2463 must do so within six months of the end of internship, or completion of an approved DSHS remedial/refresher/recertification course will be required at the student’s expense
  2. The written component: consists of 180-200 multiple-choice questions
    • A minimum grade of 70 percent is required to receive a passing grade.
    • The student will have three attempts at passing this written exam.
    • After the initial attempt, the student will have one retest available before recertification/refresher training is required.
    • After the second attempt, a DSHS-approved recertification/remedial course, at the student’s expense, must be successfully completed.
  3. Passing both components of the Capstone Exam is required to be eligible to receive a DSHS Course Completion Certificate and to receive a passing grade in EMSP 2463.