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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 triage, treatment, and transporting patients to medical facilities for further care and attention.

The EMT-P program is a joint venture with the emergency medical services departments at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin and Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin.

ECC’s Basic Vocational Certificate in Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic exposes the student to a wide variety of emergency situations, including direct patient care in one of the EMS system hospitals and on emergency vehicles. After completion of the program, candidates are eligible to take the EMT-P licensure exam in the State of Illinois and/or national registry exam.

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.


The emergency medical technology-paramedic program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Presence Health/St. Joseph Hospital is accredited and Advocate/Sherman Hospital is seeking accreditation through the Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).

Entrance Requirements

Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic
  • Age 18 years or older.
  • High School graduate/equivalent.
  • Current Illinois EMT-B license.
  • Six months experience as an EMT-B.
  • Written agreement with an ALS agency for field experience.

Additional Requirements

  • Score 75 percent or better on the paramedic training written entrance exam.
  • Score in the 25th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam.

PSB-HOA testing information may be found at PSB-HOA scores are valid for two years from the date the test is taken.

Admission to the emergency medical technology-paramedic program is selective. Preference is given to candidates who are employed/sponsored by departments in IDPH EMS Region IX. Qualified applicants from other departments may be considered if space is available. Visit to learn more.

Admission Procedures

Applicants must submit the following items to the ECC Records Office:

  • Apply with ECC - how to apply»
  • Official high school transcript or high school equivalence certificate.

Application Packet

Applicants should contact their fire department chief or the EMS Office and obtain an application packet for the EMT-P program:

  • Advocate/Sherman Hospital, 224-783-3947
  • Presence Health/St. Joseph Hospital, 847-695-3200 ext. 5956

Application Deadline

The deadline for applying to the emergency medical technology-paramedic program is May 1. After this date, applications will only be considered if space is available. Applicants will be notified of their status. New EMT-P classes begin in August.


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