Chicago Schools with Paramedic Programs
This article examines paramedic training programs at three schools in the Chicago area. One is inside the city limits, while the other two are about half an hour from downtown. There is also a table of information about the schools, such as size, campus setting and graduation rate, that can help prospective students decide which is their best option. Following the program details is some information about a few other Chicago-area institutions that offer paramedic training.
- City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College has a paramedic program that culminates in an advanced certificate and another that leads to an associate's degree. This school is nearly three miles from the city center.
- Moraine Valley Community College, about 23 miles from downtown Chicago, offers paramedic training through an Emergency Services Certificate Program (EMT-P).
- Oakton Community College offers a certificate program for aspiring paramedics. This school is also 23 miles from downtown.
Comparison of Schools
The following table contains information that aspiring paramedic students should consider when choosing a school.
|City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College||Moraine Valley Community College||Oakton Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||6,713*||14,620*||8,907*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Small city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$3,506 in-district, $8,126 in-state, $11,906 out-of-state*||$4,266 in-district, $9,426 in-state, $10,956 out-of-state*||$3,985 in-district, $10,446 in-state, $12,462 out-of-state*|
|Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)||83%*||56%*||47%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A Open admissions||N/A Open admissions||N/A Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||60% full-time, 41% part-time*||69% full-time, 41% part-time*||74% full-time, 50% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in 2014||15% (13% transfer-out rate)*||27% (24% transfer-out rate)*||22% (33% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator
City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College
To be accepted into the paramedic program, a student needs a high school diploma or GED. Students must also have a current Illinois EMT-B license.
EMT II Paramedic Advanced Certificate and Associate in Applied Science
The certificate program lasts three semesters, including a summer term, beginning in the fall. The curriculum includes paramedicine classroom instruction, clinical practice and field experience. Students willing to also take general education courses can earn an associate's degree in two years. Those who successfully complete the core courses from these programs are qualified to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians - Paramedic (NREMT-P) exam or Illinois Department of Public Health test.
Moraine Valley Community College
Prospective students must have an EMT-Basic or intermediate license, be at least 18 years old and have an ALS ambulance affiliation to be admitted to the certificate program. The school prefers that students have six months of ambulance experience but it's not a requirement.
Emergency Medical Services Certificate Program (EMT-P)
Advocate Christ Medical Center hosts the clinical study aspect of this program. To participate in the clinical portion, students must submit the results of a physical and their medical history, pass a criminal background check and drug screening and have a high school diploma or GED. Once the program has been completed, students will be qualified to take the State of Illinois Paramedic licensure exam.
Oakton Community College
This small program only admits six students at the beginning of each term, so admission is competitive. The program is administered in cooperation with St. Francis Hospital.
Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Certificate program
The Fire Science Technology Department runs this program. Students are required to complete 32 credit hours of coursework. The curriculum includes foundation studies in CPR, anatomy, defibrillation, resuscitation, childbirth and other first response medical topics. Studies progress through exploration of advanced emergency medical responder skills by introducing students to clinical internships and ambulance ride-time.
Other School Options
Two other schools within an hour's drive of Chicago offer paramedic training programs. South Suburban College in South Holland, IL, is about 25 miles from Chicago and has an emergency medical services paramedic certificate program. Another school, Prairie State College, offers an emergency medical technician certificate program and is located about 40 miles south of Chicago in Chicago Heights.