EMS-Paramedic

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) – 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. The EMS – Paramedic program at Carl Sandburg College is designed to prepare the graduate to administer emergency care to the critically ill or injured in pre-hospital settings, as well as inside emergency departments.

Working Conditions

Paramedics work all shifts ranging 12-24 hours per shift, weekends, and holidays. Their work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations. 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. 

Employment

Graduates gain employment primarily with ambulance services', fire departments, helicopter flight crews and hospitals. It is projected that employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics will grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Accreditation/Approval

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. The 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

214-703-8445

214-703-8992 Fax

http://www.coaemsp.org/

Licensure

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.

Admission to the Program: Selective

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 a Health Professions Informational Session prior to applying to the program. The online application deadline date for the Paramedic Program is June 1 for Fall enrollment and November 1 for Spring enrollment.

Please note applicants who do not hold a current EMT license need to apply by November 1 for Spring enrollment into EMS 101- EMT course. Upon successful completion of the EMS 101 course and EMT state examination the student will progress into paramedic courses in the Fall. Applicants who have a current EMT license need to apply by June 1 for Fall enrollment. We notify applicants approximately two weeks after the application deadline date whether accepted or not into the program. Applicants accepted into the Paramedic program must attend the required program orientation session.

Students accepted will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the EMS-Paramedic Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void 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: 309.341.5299

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Phone: 309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

 

 

 

EMS Paramedic - Curriculum

EMS-Paramedic Curriculum

 

NOTE: Under the new Federal Financial Aid guidelines, students may not enroll in courses outside of their program of study. Students should review the EMS-Paramedic curriculum prior to enrolling in general education courses if they wish to keep a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students must enroll in 12 or more credit hours to receive the full-time Federal Pell Grant award. Students enrolled in less than 12 credit hours will receive partial awards based on prorated credit hours as follows:

9-11.5 credits — 75 percent
6-8.5 credits — 50 percent
1-5.5 credits — 25 percent

Eligibility & Admission Requirements - EMS Paramedic Program

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

Students must apply online and be formally accepted into the EMS-Paramedic program. The EMS-Paramedic program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program.

Application Dates

Submit Online Application from August 1 - November 1 for spring enrollment and from January 1 - June 1 for fall enrollment. Application deadline date is June 1 for Fall enrollment and November 1 for Spring enrollment. 

Please note applicants who do not hold a current EMT license need to apply by November 1 for Spring enrollment into EMS 101- EMT course. Upon successful completion of the EMS 101 course and EMT state examination the student will progress into paramedic courses in the Fall. Applicants who have a current EMT license need to apply by June 1 for Fall enrollment. We notify applicants approximately two weeks after the application deadline date whether accepted or not into the program. Applicants accepted into the Paramedic program must attend the required program orientation session.

Application Process

All applicants interested in the EMS–Paramedic program must attend a Health Professions Informational Session prior to applying to the program. All applicants must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College EMS–EMT/Paramedic Advisor prior to applying to the program. Be sure to make an appointment early in the process. Complete Steps 1-3 prior to making an appointment with an EMS–EMT/Paramedic Advisor.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College Steps-to-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete the college placement exam.
  4. Schedule an appointment and meet with an EMS-EMT/Paramedic advisor prior to applying.
  5. Schedule and attend a Health Professions Informational Session prior to applying.
  6. Complete Steps 1-5 prior to completing the EMS–Paramedic program online application. Complete the ONLINE Paramedic Application and submit by November 1 for spring enrollment and June 1 for fall enrollment.
  7. After submitting the online paramedic program application, you need to pay the $50.00 application fee to the Carl Sandburg College Business Office. The $50.00 application fee is non-refundable. We will not review your application for admission into the paramedic program until you have paid the application fee.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the following EMS-Paramedic program admission criteria for selection review:

  1. Completed and signed Program Application Checklist on file by application deadline date.
  2. Must have completed at least one-year high school Biology or one semester college Biology with a grade of “C” or higher to apply.
  3. Completed college entrance placement testing within the last five years. Acceptable entrance tests include ACCUPLACER, Compass, and ACT or completion of approved college coursework. The following are minimum placement test scores required to apply to the program:                          Reading         Math                                                                                    ACT                       20               25                                                                                                                 ACCUPLACER         70               33 Elementary                                                                                           COMPASS              83               47 Pre-Algebra
  4. Scored a reading placement score below minimum program requirements, completion of ENG 097 with a grade of “C” or higher or completion of ENG 101 with a grade of “C” or higher is required.
  5. Scored a math placement score below minimum program requirements, completion of MAT 080 with a grade of “C” or higher or completion of a higher level MAT course with a grade of "C" or higher is required.
  6. Provide a copy of your Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license.
  7. If currently enrolled in an EMT course, the course must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher and must pass Illinois state EMT licensure examination prior to the Paramedic Program start date.  
  8. Provide a copy of your valid and current Illinois driver's license.
  9. Submit two letters of recommendation by application deadline date.

Admission Process

We will consider for selection review only those applicants who submit the online program application by deadline date and have met all admission requirements. We evaluate all qualified applicants according to a point system that allows an objective means for selection ranking. We select applicants with the highest point totals first. Please refer to the Admission Selection Points Worksheet for ranking criteria.

Applicant admission status will be one of the following: conditionally admitted, placed on the alternate list, or denied admission based on applicant pool ranking and eligibility of admission criteria. We will notify the applicant approximately two weeks of application deadline date whether they are accepted or not into the paramedic program. Applicants who receive conditional admission or alternate status into the program we will notify by email. Applicants denied admission we notify by mail.

Applicants conditionally admitted will have 14 calendar days from the date of your conditional admission email to pay the $50.00 seat fee (intent to enter) to the Carl Sandburg College Business Office to hold your seat in the paramedic program. We will apply the $50.00 seat fee to your tuition if you enter into the paramedic program. Students who accept their seat and withdrawal for any reason will forfeit the seat fee. We will request alternates to pay the seat fee if their status changes to conditionally admitted.

Conditionally admitted applicants and those on the alternate list must attend the mandatory admission orientation session. We provide in the admission status EMAIL information regarding registration for the mandatory admission orientation session. We will provide at the orientation program information and appropriate documents to complete all the necessary paramedic program requirements for full admission status. 

Those conditionally admitted who do not register for and attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their conditional admission and we will then offer your seat to an alternate. Alternates who do not register for or attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their alternate position.

Students accepted will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the EMS-Paramedic Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

We will provide full admission status after the conditionally admitted applicant attends the mandatory admission orientation session and appropriately completes all program requirements and submits all required admission documents by the designated deadline.

Applicants not admitted to the program, including applicants placed on the alternate list and no spaces became available, we will not carry over application files to the next year. Each applicant would need to complete the application/admission process again for the next admission year.



 

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