A compilation of student in doing tacks in the EMS classroom.

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

Application Dates

Students must contact the EMS - Paramedic academic advisor prior to applying to the program. Students must apply online to the program by June 1 for Fall enrollment and December 1 for Spring enrollment.

Anyone interested in this program must first complete the steps to enroll to become a Carl Sandburg College student. Apply Here! The online application is only available through mySandburg under Student Services.


Students who complete the EMS - Paramedic program may apply to our other health programs

Practical Nursing (LPN)

Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

Radiologic Technology

The Paramedic Program limits enrollment to students who meet the eligibility requirements and are selected for admission through a point system. These eligibility requirements include a current EMT license. This license can be obtained by enrolling in the EMS.101 course. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to take the Illinois licensure exam. To begin the application process, students must meet with a Carl Sandburg College academic advisor to complete the application checklist.

Applicants are notified of the application status approximately two weeks after the application deadline. Applicants accepted into the Paramedic program must attend the required program orientation session.

Applicants who do not hold a current EMT license:

Accepted students 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. The student is responsible for all fees incurred in addition to tuition. Please refer to the EMS-Paramedic Program Cost Sheet.

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. If a student is unable to participate in and/or complete clinical/practicum/internship courses required for the program due to a positive drug test which includes marijuana, they are not eligible for a refund of any tuition, fees, or other expenses incurred while preparing for admission into the program and while enrolled in the program. 

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact:
The Welcome Center


Paramedic certificate cost sheet - fall start

Paramedic certificate cost sheet - spring start

AAS degree Paramedic cost sheet - fall start

AAS degree Paramedic cost sheet - spring start



To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

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  • Warren/Henderson County 1025 S. 2nd St, Monmouth, IL 309.734.4745
  • Knox County Bondi Building, 311 E. Main, Suite 612, Galesburg, IL 309.343.9832               
  • McDonough County 440 N. Lafayette, Macomb, IL 309.837.1280


Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 


Sample Schedule for Paramedic certificate

Sample Schedule for Paramedic AAS degree

Courses in this program are offered face-to-face in the classroom and through practicum experiences.


What is the difference between the EMS-Paramedic Certificate and the EMS-Paramedic AAS degree?

The AAS degree requires the completion of 8 general education courses: ENG 101, PSY 101, PSY 265, PHL 103, SOC 101, MDT 100, BIO 211, and BIO 212 (pre-requisites BIO 101 and CHM 100). Completion of these courses gives students additional knowledge in these areas but does not give them additional job opportunities or higher pay if the degree is completed rather than the certificate. Both programs prepare individuals to become an entry-level paramedic.

What licensing exams can a student sit for upon completion of this program?

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. It is recommended that graduates sit for the national exam if they plan on finding employment outside of the state of Illinois.

Where are the clinical hours completed?

Students will complete clinical hours at a variety of scheduled times with GHAS – Galesburg Hospital Ambulance Service working with the two Galesburg Hospitals – Cottage Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center.


Will Anderson, MSN, RN
EMS Program Coordinator
Instructor, Nursing

Kristina Gray, MSN, RN
Dean of Health Professions

Christopher Herman, M.D.
Medical Director & Adjunct Faculty

Katie Kepler, EMT-P
Adjunct Faculty

Travis Kelch, EMT-P
Adjunct Faculty

Doug Sampson, EMT-P, TEMS
Adjunct Faculty

John Shannon, EMT-P
Adjunct Faculty

Richard Springer, EMT-P
Adjunct Faculty
CPR Instructor

Breanne Wager, EMT-P, RN
Adjunct Faculty
CPR Instructor

Department of Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401


The Carl Sandburg College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Program for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763



Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75055


Graduates will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic Exam.

  • NREMT/State Written Exam Results: 60%
  • Retention: 83.3%
  • Positive Job Placement: 100%
  •    NREMT/State Written Exam results: 66.7%
  •    Retention: 66.7%
  •    Positive Job Placement: 100%