Become a paramedic
- Credit hours: 38
- Stackable to degree: Yes
- Potential job outcomes:
Get ready for a career as a paramedic with this 38-credit-hour certificate program. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for the IDPH paramedic licensure exam or national registry certification to obtain an entry-level position as a paramedic.
This program is based at Northwest Community Hospital and 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 Professions.
During the program, you’ll receive a mix of classroom and lab instruction, along with hospital-based and field-based clinical experiences under the direct supervision of qualified instructors. You’ll also get experience with a wide variety of patients, including observation and/or direct patient care in an EMS System hospital and on ALS vehicles. All courses are taught by expert instructors with vast knowledge of the paramedic and emergency medical services fields.
Credit earned for this program can be applied to the Emergency Medical Services AAS Degree.
Certificate program requirements
The 38 credit-hour certificate program is to be offered in two semesters starting in the fall semester and concluding the following spring semester. The program is designed to expand the entry-level knowledge and skills initially acquired through Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), or Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I) education. Paramedic education includes classroom and lab instruction, plus hospital-based and field-based clinical experiences under the direct supervision of an approved preceptor. The Paramedic program exposes the students to a wide variety of patients, including observation and/or direct patient care in one of the EMS System hospitals and on ALS vehicles. Instructional content and design is based on the National EMS Education Standards (NHTSA, 2009) and is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of EMS and Highway Safety. Paramedics must complete the certificate program to be eligible for licensure, but are encouraged to complete the full AAS degree.
The Paramedic program course work, including academic and clinical components, is administered through the EMS Department at Northwest Community Healthcare. Hospital internships are completed at area-wide hospitals while the field internship is completed with a System affiliated Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider agency with which the student is employed or has a participation agreement. After completion of the program, candidates are eligible to take a Paramedic licensure exam.
Paramedic is a limited enrollment program. For admission requirements please contact the Admissions Outreach Office at 847.925.6700 or visit harpercollege.edu
Students who apply for this limited enrollment program are obligated to meet current admission requirements and follow program curriculum as defined at the time of acceptance to the program.
A grade of C or better in all EMS courses (EMS 215, EMS 217 and EMS 218 with grades of P) is required for all students.
|EMS 210||Paramedic Preparatory||10|
|EMS 211||Paramedic Medical Emergencies I||5|
|EMS 212||Paramedic Medical Emergencies II||7|
|EMS 213||Paramedic Trauma/Special Populations/EMS Operations||6|
|EMS 215||Paramedic: Field Internship||4|
|EMS 216||Paramedic Seminar||3|
|EMS 217||Paramedic: Hospital Internship I||2|
|EMS 218||Paramedic: Hospital Internship II||1|
This program has selective admission requirements.
|Status||Start Term||Application Window|
|Closed||Fall 2018||February 1, 2018 - June 22, 2018|
Steps to prepare for application to this limited enrollment program:
1. Attend the Health Care Careers Information Meeting (optional)
2. Review Program and Policy Information
- Curriculum (see above)
- Health requirements
- Functional abilities for the Paramedic program (.pdf)
3. Learn about Admission Requirements
- If you have not previously applied to Harper College, you will need to submit the Harper College Application for Admission
Please note: Information provided on this page is subject to change.
Students interested in emergency medical services may also be interested in:
- Harper College provides Gainful Employment information to comply with the U.S. Department of Education
- Harper Career Paths: Emergency Medical Services
- Northwest Community Emergency Medical Services System