College of DuPage offers Paramedic Training, an A.A.S. Degree in E.M.S. and a Paramedic Certificate Program through affiliated area resource hospitals (Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Edward Hospital, Northwestern Central DuPage, and Loyola University Medical Center). The Paramedic Programs offered by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Edward Hospital, Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital, and Loyola University Medical Center are 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 Program Applications
Applications are now being accepted for the January 2020 start for Northwestern Central
DuPage Hospital, Edward Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center programs and the
August 2020 Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital program.
Applications for Northwestern Central DuPage, Edward, and Loyola University Medical Center are due at 5pm local time on September 5, 2019. Applications for Advocate Good Samaritan are due by 5pm local time on March 26, 2020.
Each program has their own application packet and will require College of DuPage Anatomy 1500 or equivalent and Bio-Medical Terminology at time of application. 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 1 year training program. All training and education is completed at the hospital training site and each 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 the 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.