College of DuPage offers Paramedic Training, an A.A.S. Degree in E.M.S. and a certificate program through affiliated area resource hospitals (Central DuPage, Edward, and Good Samaritan) once a year. 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. Application announcements will be posted on this webpage when available.
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 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook, job openings in these careers are expected to grow by as much as 33.3 percent between 2010 and 2020. For more information on career outlook and salary information for paramedics, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
COD also offers an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) A.A.S. degree.
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