Paramedic

The mission of the Illinois Central College Emergency Medical Services Program is to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains, with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, and/or Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, and/or First Responder levels.

Admission to the Program

High school graduate or equivalent. COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher OR ACT reading score of 18 or higher OR completion of appropriate ENGL 110 prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better. ACT composite score of 20 or above OR have completed 18 or more credit hours of college transfer level courses (110 or higher) taken at ICC or equivalent courses at other colleges with a grade of “C” or better. ICC grade point average (GPA) of a 2.0 or above (if you have attended ICC). GPA of 2.0 or above at the last college attended (other than ICC) OR completion of 18 credit hours of ‘program’ courses at ICC or other colleges with a grade of “C” or better. One year high school algebra with a grade of “C” average or higher OR completion of MAT 094 or MAT 097 or MAT 099 with a grade of “C” or better OR placement into MAT 098 or higher. Requirements upon Program Acceptance: Drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, physical exam, and immunizations. Documentation of current CPR certification from the American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider (HLTH 041 at ICC or equivalent) or American Red Cross (ARC) Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider. CPR certification must remain current throughout the program.

Accreditation

The Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services (coaemsp.org). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL, 33756; (727) 210-2350

3-Year Window Review

Outcomes 2013 2014 2015 Average/Total
Graduates 1 6 11 18
Retention 100% 53.8% 81.3% 78.4%
National-Registry Exam (written) 100% 100%
National-Registry Exam (practical) 100% 100%
IDPH Exam (written) 100% 60% 90.9% 83.6%
Positive Placement 100% 50% 100% 83.3%

Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 66

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
HUMANITIES * 3
BIOL 205 PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I  4
BIOL 206 PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II  4
COMM 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY  3
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
PSY 110 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY  3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
EMS 114 EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT)  8
EMS 116 TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT  1
EMS 117 ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT (ACLS)  1
EMS 118 PEDIATRIC EDUCATION FOR PRE-HOSPITAL PROVIDERS (PEPP)  1
EMS 120 EMT PRACTICUM  1 to 3
EMS 230 PARAMEDIC I  7
EMS 231 PARAMEDIC II  7
EMS 232 PARAMEDIC III  7.5
EMS 233 PARAMEDIC IV  6.5
EMS 240 PARAMEDIC PRACTICUM I  3
EMS 241 PARAMEDIC PRACTICUM II  3

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Students enrolled in the Associate in Applied Science degree program must meet with their assigned academic advisor to plan a specific course schedule meeting Illinois Central College and personal requirements.

Student is eligible for licensure as an EMT after successful completion of EMS 114.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1EMS 114; BIOL 205
Spring Semester 1EMS 120; EMS 116; EMS 118; EMS 230; BIOL 206
Summer SemesterEMS 231
Fall Semester 2EMS 232; COMM 110; ENGL 110
Spring Semester 2EMS 233; EMS 117; PSY 110; Humanities; Elective
Summer SemesterEMS 240; EMS 241

Program Contact Information

Health Careers Department

Thomas Building

(309)999-4600

Illinois Career Cluster

Health Science

Career Pathway:
Diagnostics Services