College of DuPage offers Paramedic Training, an A.A.S. Degree in E.M.S. and a Paramedic Certificate Program through partnered programs in Illinois EMS Region 8 Resource Hospitals (Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Edward Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center and Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital).
The Paramedic Training Programs offered by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Edward Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, and Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital are all 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 Training Program Outcomes
- Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
- Edward Hospital
- Loyola University Medical Center
- Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital
Paramedic Training Program Applications
The applications for our partnered paramedic programs is closed. The next application period will begin in early February 2023 for Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and late April/early May 2023 for Edward Hospital, Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital, and Loyola University Medical Center. Applications will be posted on this website.
Students are strongly encourage to prepare for paramedic training by completing Anatomy and Physiology 1500, Biomedical Terminology (HLTHS 1110),and at least two of the following: Fire 2272 Paramedic Transition, Fire 2285 Trauma Assessment, Fire 2286 Pediatrics, and Fire 2287 Medical Assessment. Not only do these courses prepare you for paramedic training, they also earn Continuing Education (CE) hours for NREMT re-certification and IDPH license renewal.
Each program has their own application packet and required documents. Read each application packet thoroughly and only submit what is required as additional documents will not be considered. An application fee is required for each program and is part of the application steps outlined in each application packet.
There will be an entrance exam for each program followed by interviews for qualified applicants. Each program is responsible for determining which applicants are selected for their paramedic training program. All training and education is completed at the hospital training site and each paramedic training program has their own start and end dates, class dates and times, and approved providers for field training. Click on the program(s) above to view and download their application packet.
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.