College of DuPage offers Paramedic Training, an A.A.S. Degree in E.M.S. and a Paramedic Certificate Program through affiliated area resource hospitals (Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Edward Hospital, Northwestern Central DuPage, and Loyola University Medical Center). The Paramedic Programs offered by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Edward Hospital, Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital, and Loyola University Medical Center are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP).
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Paramedic Program Applications
Each paramedic training program has their own application period and application process. The next application periods will be as follows: for the 2019 Loyola University Medical Center program June 6 through August 21, for the 2019 Edward Hospital and Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital programs: June 20 through September 20. Check this webpage often for application announcements and information updates. Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital & Edward Hospital programs will require College of DuPage Anatomy 1500 or equivalent at time of application for their 2019 program and Bio-Medical Terminology at time of program start in 2019.
Each program will have its own application period followed by an entrance exam and interviews for qualified applicants. Each program is responsible for determining which applicants are selected for their 1 year training program. All training and education is completed at the hospital training site. Each program has its own start and end dates, class dates and times, and approved providers for field training.
Paramedics receive more advanced training to perform more difficult pre-hospital medical procedures. Paramedics have advanced training in the administration of intravenous fluids, the use of manual defibrillators to give lifesaving shocks to a stopped heart, and the application of advanced airway techniques and equipment to assist patients experiencing respiratory emergencies. In addition, paramedics provide extensive pre-hospital care on the scene of an accident or other life-threatening situation. Paramedics also may administer drugs orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs), perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment.
Most fire departments prefer hiring candidates who have already met state certification requirements for firefighter, and licensing requirements for emergency medical technician and paramedic. Paramedics work for fire departments, ambulance services and hospital emergency units. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook, job openings in these careers are expected to grow by as much as 15 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is much faster than average. For more information on career outlook and salary information for paramedics, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
COD offers an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) A.A.S. degree.
Dan Krakora, EMS/Fire Science Manager
Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center (HEC), Room 1018
Jill Davis, Program Counselor and Advisor
Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331
Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.
Mass Casualty Simulation Exercise
Central DuPage Hospital and College of DuPage EMT and Nursing student participated in a mass casualty simulation exercise at the Homeland Education Center on the campus of College of DuPage. The exercise was primarily used to train Central DuPage paramedic students in how to respond to a large number of people injured in a mass shooting situation.
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