Associate in Applied Science

Earn your degree in emergency medical services

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  • Emergency medical technician
  • Paramedic

Prepare for a career in the field of emergency medical services with this 70-credit-hour degree program, which is based at Northwest Community Hospital. Train to become an EMT or paramedic and develop the skills and knowledge needed to take charge and provide critical life support at the scene of an emergency.

Take classes in human anatomy, emergency medical technician training, paramedic preparatory, medical emergencies, physical assessment, trauma/special populations/EMS operations and more. You’ll also complete a hospital internship program.

This program has selective admission requirements. Review the steps to prepare for application to this limited enrollment program.

A.A.S. degree program plan

Admission criteria and process

1. Attend the Emergency Medical Services Information Meeting (Optional)

2. Review Program and Policy Information

3. Finance your education

4. Apply to Harper

Please note: Information provided on this page is subject to change.

Program learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to

  • Assess scene safety and demonstrate effective situational awareness.
  • Appropriately gain patient access using a variety of tools and techniques.
  • Perform patient assessments using appropriate technique, sequence and timing, recognize alterations from health, set appropriate patient care priorities and coordinate their efforts with those of other agencies and practitioners.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with a sense of purpose and audience.
  • Establish rapport with patients and significant others to meet emotional as well as physical needs.
  • Provide care on a continuum from basic through advanced life support within the guidelines prescribed by the EMS MD.
  • Use quantitative and scientific reasoning to solve problems effectively.
  • Think critically and apply these skills appropriately and in various situations.
  • Be technologically literate and thoroughly and accurately document an electronic patient care report using ImageTrend software per System policy.
  • Maintain ambulance inventories per the System Drug and Supply list and prepare equipment and supplies before and after each call.
  • Characterize professional behaviors through actions, speech, communication and interactions with instructors, preceptors, peers, patients, public safety personnel, and members of the public.

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Next steps

For more information about earning your degree in emergency medical services, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Last Updated: 6/7/22