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Illinois Paramedic Programs with College Overviews

There are 35 schools in Illinois that have paramedic programs. Read an overview of the 10 largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Essential Information

Aspiring paramedics in Illinois must complete a training program and pass a paramedic licensure examination. Several schools in Illinois offer paramedic training, resulting in a one-year certificate or a two-year associate's degree. These programs prepare students to take any required licensing tests through the classroom instruction and fieldwork.

Many of the paramedic programs require applicants to have current immunizations, CPR certification, drug screenings, background checks and a high school diploma (or the equivalent). Some programs are advanced, and they require students to already have EMT-Basic licensure. All students must also be at least 18-years-old. The 10 largest not-for-profit and public colleges that offer paramedic programs are profiled below.


College of DuPage

Located in Glen Ellyn, College of DuPage offers a 32-credit hour paramedic program. Students learn to provide advanced emergency care in pre-hospital settings. The three-semester program consists of four paramedic courses, which entail classroom lectures, clinical hours and field internships. Successful graduates are prepared to take the paramedic certification exam. The paramedic program is taught at the following three area hospitals: Central DuPage, Good Samaritan and Edward.

College of Lake County

Grayslake-based College of Lake County has a paramedic certificate program that offers both day and evening classes. To be eligible for the paramedic program, the student must already have an EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate license. Students take courses in anatomy and physiology, trauma emergencies, advanced pre-hospital care, patient assessment and special considerations. Additionally, students will complete clinical training and field internships. This program requires that students complete 30-34 credit hours, and graduates will be prepared for the EMT-Paramedic licensing exams.

Elgin Community College

This community college in Elgin offers a cooperative paramedic program between St. Joseph Hospital and Sherman Hospital. The program consists of paramedic courses, labs and clinical experiences. Students learn about hematology diseases, pulmonary problems, cardiology, obstetrics, special challenge patients, hazardous materials, rescue awareness and ambulance operations.

Applicants need to pass a paramedic training exam and a DRP reading exam (or ACT). Students also need to have an EMT-Basic license and six months of emergency medical services (EMS) experience. The program will prepare students for the EMT-Paramedic licensing exams.

Harper College

The paramedic program at Harper College in Palatine has selective admission requirements. Students can choose from a paramedic certificate or an Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services. The 29-credit hour certificate program is a two-semester program that includes classroom instruction, field experiences and clinical practices at eight area hospitals. Certificate program applicants need to have EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate licensure. Students interested in earning the 60-credit hour degree must complete paramedic courses, a seminar and internships. Both programs will prepare students for paramedic licensing exams.

Illinois Central College

Located in East Peoria, Illinois Central College has an associate degree program for aspiring paramedics. The 66-credit hour program provides courses, clinical experiences and field experiences. As students complete the program, they will qualify for the EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate licensure exams. The program includes paramedic coursework and a practicum. Graduates will be eligible for the paramedic licensing exam.

Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College in Joliet offers a paramedic certificate program that's open to individuals who have EMT-Basic licensure. The paramedic program is held at the Morris Hospital and the Silver Cross Hospital. Students are required to complete their internship time on an advanced life support ambulance. The college also offers an Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services program, and it provides five essential paramedic courses. The college does not specifically mention whether these programs will prepare students for the EMT-P licensure exams.

Lake Land College

Lake Land College, which is located in Mattoon, offers a paramedical services associate degree program that can be completed in two years. During the first semester, the students take EMT-Basic training. The curriculum includes classroom instruction, labs, field experiences and clinical training. Course topics include human anatomy and physiology, EMS pharmacology, disease processes and paramedical services. Graduates will be able to take the paramedic licensure exams.

Lewis and Clark Community College

Located in Godfrey, Lewis and Clark Community College offers several paramedic programs. In addition to the EMT-Basic program, the college offers paramedicine certificate and associate degree programs. The curriculum consists of paramedic classroom instruction, clinical education and field internships.

Clinical training takes place at Alton Memorial Hospital and may include work in the emergency department, burn units or intensive care units. Participants also receive hands-on training working in an emergency vehicle. The college does not state whether these program will prepare students for licensure exams.

Moraine Valley Community College

Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills offers an emergency medical services certificate program. Applicants must meet the following requirements: have written recommendation and pass a written and practical exam. Paramedic students complete coursework, internships and seminar training. Students will also complete an EMT-Basic course to prepare for the EMT-Basic licensure exam. Graduates of the EMS program will qualify for the paramedic licensure exams as well.

Southwestern Illinois College

Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville offers two paramedic training options: a paramedic certificate or an Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine. Certificate courses cover topics like cardiology, trauma and operations. Degree students study human biology, hazardous materials, human relations and general psychology. Both programs include field internships, and they will prepare students for paramedic licensure exams.

Career Requirements

Unlike many other states, Illinois doesn't require paramedics to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam; the state has its own paramedic exam. Once the student passes this exam, he or she will receive a license from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Paramedic Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)
College of DuPage Two-year, public; large suburb Paramedic Certificate $4,080 in-district; $9,690 in-state; $11,790 out-of-state*
College of Lake County Two-year, public; large suburb Paramedic Certificate $3,948 in-district; $9,212 in-state; $12,236 out-of-state*
Elgin Community College Two-year, public; midsize city Paramedic Certificate $3,179 in-district; $10,740 in-state; $11,959 out-of-state*
Harper College Two-year, public; large suburb Paramedic Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
$3,684 in-district; $9,852 in-state; $11,664 out-of-state*
Illinois Central College Two-year, public; large suburb Associate in Applied Science Paramedic Program $4,500 in-district; $9,600 in-state; $11,340 out-of-state*
Joliet Junior College Two-year, public; large suburb Paramedic Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
$4,380 in-district; $12,360 in-state; $13,140 out-of-state*
Lake Land College Two-year, public; distant town Associate in Applied Science in Paramedical Services $4,110 in-district; $7,934 in-state; $13,736 out-of-state*
Lewis & Clark Community College Two-year, public; rural fringe Paramedicine Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine
$3,552 in-district; $9,552 in-state; $12,552 out-of-state*
Moraine Valley Community College Two-year, public; large suburb Emergency Medical Services Certificate $4,356 in-district; $9,636 in-state; $11,196 out-of-state*
Southwestern Illinois College Two-year, public; large suburb Paramedic Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine
$3,660 in-district; $12,240 in-state; $15,870 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator


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