Paramedic Certificate

Paramedic Certificate at Harper College

Become a paramedic 

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  • 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 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.

Admission Requirements:

Paramedic is a limited enrollment program. For admission requirements please contact the Admissions Outreach Office at 847.925.6700 or visit

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.

Number Course Title Credits
EMS 210 10
EMS 211 5
EMS 212 7
EMS 213 6
EMS 215 4
EMS 216 3
EMS 217 2
EMS 218 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

3. Learn about Admission Requirements

4. Apply

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

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Next steps

For more information about paramedic training at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.