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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.

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.


  • Be 18 years of age or older (provide proof)
  • Apply with ECC - how to apply»
  • Pay health professions application fee - get details»
  • Complete and submit health professions application
  • Illinois licensure as an EMT-B (provide proof)
  • 6 months experience on an EMS vehicle (provide proof)
  • Field experience; written agreement with ALS agency (provide proof)
  • Documentation of liability insurance
  • CPR certification; healthcare provider level (provide proof)
  • Score 75% or higher on Paramedic Training Exam (provide proof)
  • Score of 85% or higher on DRP Reading Exam (administered by ECC's Testing Center) or have an ACT reading score of 22 or higher
  • Required immunizations and hospital insurance must be on file (provide proof)


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