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The Emergency Medical Services program is composed of professional and general education courses. The purpose of this program is to provide course work specialization in the vital field of Emergency Medicine, while upon successful completion obtaining either an EMT Certificate, a Paramedic Certificate or articulating into the A.A.S Paramedic Degree. The type of jobs available to the EMT/Paramedic include not only municipality emergency services, but also private ambulance services, public sports arenas, airports, Community Paramedicine and a variety of other settings.
The Kishwaukee College / KishHealth EMS System Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 • Clearwater, FL 33763
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312 • Rowlett TX 75088
(214) 703-8445 • FAX (214) 703-8992 • www.coaemsp.org
Admission to the Emergency Medical Services programs are selective, based upon pre-admission test scores, academic achievement, professional compatibility and clinical site capacity. Further information is located on the Kishwaukee College EMS website. Please note admission criteria and program requirements are subject to change based on accreditation, legislative, and clinical site mandates.
Requirements for consideration for admission into the EMT Program include the following:
- Students must be 18 years or older by the course completion and have a High School diploma or equivalency.
- Students must have a background check by a Fingerprint Vendor agency licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), for live scan fingerprinting pursuant to the Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act (UCIA). The live Scan fingerprinting done pursuant to the UCIA will be done for the purpose of determining if you have a criminal conviction in the State of Illinois; and the response from the Illinois State Police (ISP) will be sent directly to the requestor listed below.
- Students are required to have immunizations, a flu shot, TB testing, drug testing as listed on our application checklist on the Kishwaukee College website. These are subject to change based on the requirements of our clinical sites and/or IDPH requirements.
- Students are required to prove reading competency at college level by qualifying for ENG 103 or ENG 109 as listed in the college placement testing procedure. Any student placing below college level competency will be evaluated by the program staff on an individual basis.
- All students must show proof of current health insurance.
Requirements for consideration for admission into the Paramedic Program include the above in addition to the following:
- Must hold a current State of Illinois EMT license or Advanced EMT license, one year EMT experience recommended.
- Must successfully pass a written entrance exam based on the EMT National Curriculum.
- All students must complete a physical exam to be completed after acceptance into the program.
- Must complete and submit a KCEMS Paramedic program application located on the Kishwaukee College Emergency Medical Services website.
- Must complete a personal interview with course instructor and/or program director.
Curriculum No. 456
This degree program is designed to take the student through the entire process of licensure for a career in EMS and complete an Associate in Applied Science degree. In the ever changing world of EMS, a degree has become the expected standard by many employers. This program provides that resume building feature, while still focusing building the basic knowledge needed for state or national certification/licensing. Requires 69 credit hours.