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Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic

Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic

 Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic


The Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program offers two paramedic training options, resulting in a one-year certificate or a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree, both designed to prepare individuals to become an entry-level paramedic in the State of Illinois. Graduates will be eligible to take the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Paramedic licensure exam or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic Exam.


The Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program at Carl Sandburg College is designed to prepare the graduate to administer care to the sick and injured in emergency situations. Graduates are employed primarily by ambulance services, fire departments, helicopter flight crews, and hospitals. Upon successful completion of the EMS 101 – Emergency Medical Technician course, the student will be eligible to take the EMT registry examination.


The paramedic practice courses are designed for hands-on training in the Paramedic classroom, lab and practicum settings. The paramedic courses are held at Carl Sandburg College’s Galesburg campus Building H, H102 is the Paramedic Lab where essential skills such as IV insertion, airway management, EKGs, administering medications and performing advanced life support measures will be practiced. Practicum experiences for the EMS-Paramedic program will be gained with community agencies and ambulance services in the Galesburg area such as: Galesburg Hospitals’ Ambulance Service, Galesburg Cottage Hospital, OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center, Kewanee Fire & Rescue, and other surrounding community’s fire & rescue agencies as needed. 


The Carl Sandburg College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT'S Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312

Rowlett, TX 75088


214-703-8992 Fax


Program at a Glance

  • Average starting salary: $36,000 *national median average US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Level of patient contact: High
  • Length of program: One year Certificate or two-year AAS degree
  • Program location: Galesburg campus
  • Program start time: Spring or Fall
  • Evening classes offered
  • Employment opportunities in a variety of settings
  • Prepare for State license exam or National exam

Admission to the Program

The Paramedic Program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. Applicants need to refer to the Eligibility & Admission Requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and selection process. Students interested in this program must attend an Informational Paramedic/EMT Program Session prior to applying to the program. Students can apply online to the Paramedic Program starting October 1 - June 1. Students that apply must have completed and signed EMS Paramedic - Application Checklist on file by the June 1 application deadline.


Applicants who are selected will be notified approximately two weeks after the application deadline date. The acceptance letter will include instructions on paying the seat fee and the date of the mandatory orientation. All health career students are conditionally accepted and will be required to obtain a criminal background check, 10 panel drug screen, and other health requirements prior to the start of class. Further information will be provided when admitted and attend the orientation. When students complete all admission requirements on the Admission Checklist they will receive full acceptance into the program. Failure in meeting all admission requirements will result in termination of admission into the program.


The Paramedic provides direct patient care and must be able to obtain the knowledge (cognitive function), skills (psychomotor function), and demonstrate professionalism (affective function). Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a Paramedic to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations. This program requires the purchase of a uniform and medical supplies, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Paramedic Program Cost Sheet. Students also incur all fees associated with the criminal background check, drug screen, and other health requirements of the program. Please note findings on the criminal background check may void the conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.


College of Nursing & Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309-345-3500

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