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Bldg B, Room B110, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7385
Fax: 847-608-5458
Hours: M-Th 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Fridays June - Aug.

Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic

The emergency medical technician - paramedic (EMT-P) is a professional provider of immediate care to the sick and injured. They are responsible for transporting patients to medical facilities for further care and attention. Since their inception in the early 1970s, EMT-P's have been directly responsible for greatly decreasing the death toll from highway accidents and sudden emergency illnesses.

The EMT-P program is a joint educational venture with the emergency medical services departments at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin and Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Paramedics function under the direction of a licensed physician or a registered professional nurse / ECRN and, where authorized, by the EMS medical director in an Illinois Department of Public Health approved advanced life support system. They follow strict guidelines for which procedures they may perform and provide extensive pre-hospital care.

The goal of the EMT program is to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Criminal background checks and drug testing are required for all health professions programs. Students applying to the health professions programs must provide a valid social security number in order to complete the criminal background check required by clinical agencies and to take licensing/certification exams. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test will be denied admission to health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test while enrolled in health professions programs will be dismissed from the program.

Advocate Sherman Hospital Paramedic Program is in process of pursuing accreditation.

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Paramedic Program is fully accredited by CAAHEP and CoAEMSP.

Admissions Procedures

Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic

All candidates must submit an official high school transcript or GED scores and official transcripts from other colleges/universities attended.


  • Apply with ECC - how to apply»
  • Current Illinois licensure as an EMT-B
  • Six months experience on an EMS vehicle
  • Written agreement with an ALS agency for field experience and documentation of liability insurance
  • Age 18 years or older
  • Score 75 percent or better on the paramedic training written entrance exam
  • Score 85 or better on the Compass reading assessment test or have an ACT reading score of 22 or higher


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