Chicago Schools Offering Paramedic Programs
Several schools in the Chicago area offer training for aspiring paramedics. This article looks at three, one near downtown and two others that are a half-hour away, and the programs they offer. Prospective students can compare the schools through a table of important information such as school type, enrollment and costs.
- Less than three miles from downtown, City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College has a program that culminates in an advanced paramedic certificate.
- Paramedic training is available through through two programs at Moraine Valley Community College, about 23 miles from downtown Chicago.
- Also 23 miles from downtown, Oakton Community College offers an Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Certificate program.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are deciding on a school need to know some important facts. This table allows them to compare these institutions and select the one that's best for them.
|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
| $4,266 in-district
| $3,985 in-district
|Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||83%||56%||47%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A Open admissions||N/A Open admissions||N/A Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||60% full-time, 35% part-time||69% full-time, 41% part-time||74% full-time, 50% part-time|
|Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in 2014*||15%||27%||22%|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College
In order to be accepted into the program at Malcolm X College, a student must have a high school diploma or GED and hold a current EMT-B license in Illinois.
Advanced Certificate in EMT II Paramedic
The program runs for three semesters (including summer), beginning each fall term. The curriculum includes classroom instruction in paramedicine, a clinical practicum, and field experience. Successful completion of this program qualifies a student to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians - Paramedic (NREMT-P) or Illinois Department of Public Health exam.
Moraine Valley Community College
Moraine Valley Community College offers more than 140 programs ranging from accounting to website design. To be admitted to the paramedic programs, prospective students must have an EMT Basic or Intermediate license.
Emergency Services Certificate - Paramedic Program (EMT-P)
The clinical portion of the program is taught at Advocate Christ Medical Center. This program is 35 credits and can be completed in two semesters. These courses look at paramedic skills on a tiered scale. Once a student has completed the program, he or she will be qualified to take the State of Illinois Paramedic Exam for licensure.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
Students must complete 19 credit hours of general requirements in speech fundamentals, math for allied health, and human anatomy. Along with those 19 hours is another 38 credit hours for the program, which look at the same paramedic courses that are given in the certificate program and an additional computer systems course. Finally, students must complete 5 credit hours of electives for a total of 62 credits.
Oakton Community College
OCC, located in Skokie, offers a small program presented in cooperation with Presence St. Francis Hospital. The program has a limited enrollment policy, so admission is competitive.
Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Certificate program
The program is located in the Fire Science Technology Department and requires students to complete 32 credit hours of coursework. The curriculum includes foundation studies in CPR, anatomy, defibrillation, resuscitation, childbirth, and other first response medical topics. The program goes on to explore advanced emergency medical responder skills through clinical internships and ambulance ride-time.
Other School Options
Some paramedic programs require students to have an EMT-B license prior to enrollment, and there are schools that offer this level of training in the Chicago area.
College of DuPage, in Glen Ellyn, offers an EMT certificate program, as well as paramedic certificate and associate's degree programs. Another option, Triton College, offers an EMT-B certificate program and is in River Grove.