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, Loyola University Medical Center and Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital).
The Paramedic Training Programs offered by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Edward Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, and Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital are all 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 Training Program Outcomes
- Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
- Edward Hospital
- Loyola University Medical Center
- Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital
Paramedic Training Program Applications
Fall 2022-Summer 2023 Paramedic Training Program Application
The application for the 2022-2023 Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Paramedic Program will be posted mid-March 2022.
Spring 2023-Fall 2023 Paramedic Training Program Applications
The applications for the programs that start January 2023 programs through Edward Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, and Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital will be posted in mid/late April 2022. Check back for updates.
Each program has their own application packet and required documents. All programs require College of DuPage Anatomy 1500 or equivalent and Bio-Medical Terminology at time of application. The Anatomy 1500 and Bio-Medical Terminology requirements may be waived due to the COVID-19 Pandemic that caused course cancellations throughout the country. Please refer to the individual application packets to see if the program is waiving the requirements for this application period.
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 paramedic training program. All training and education is completed at the hospital training site and each paramedic training 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 their 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.