2021-2022 College Catalog 
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2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Certificate

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The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Paramedic program offers two paramedic training options, a 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. The EMS - Paramedic program at Carl Sandburg College is designed to prepare the graduate to administer emergency care to the critically ill or injured in pre-hospital settings, as well as inside emergency departments.

Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Program Goals

  • Demonstrate integration of cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) as an entry level Paramedic.
  • Apply therapeutic and professional communication skills when working with patients, patient’s family members, colleagues, and other health care professionals and members of the community.
  • Incorporate the professional attributes of integrity, empathy, self-motivation, self-confidence, communication, teamwork and diplomacy, time management, appearance and personal hygiene, respect, patient advocacy, and safe delivery of care into practice.
  • Recognize the importance of research and evidence based practice to promote continuous, quality improvement in pre-hospital health care delivery.
  • Recognize and acknowledge that the emerging roles and responsiblities of the Paramedic include public education, health promotion, and participation in injury and illness prevention programs.
  • Assume the role of leadership as an advanced life support provider and role model for other EMS providers.

Working Conditions

Paramedics work all shifts ranging 12-24 hours per shift, weekends, and holidays. Their work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations. The Paramedic provides direct patient care and must be able to obtain the necessary knowledge (cognitive function), skills (psychomotor function), and demonstrate professionalism (affective function). Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a Paramedic to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.


Graduates gain employment primarily with ambulance services, fire departments, helicopter flight crews and hospitals. It is projected employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics will grow 6% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as acute illness, car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The Carl Sandburg College 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).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088

Carl Sandburg College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Higher Learning Commission

30 LaSalle Street,
Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504


Graduates will be eligible to take the NREMT exam.

Admission to the Program: Selective

The Paramedic Program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. Applicants need to refer to the Eligibility & Admission Requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and selection process. The online application deadline date for the Paramedic Program is June 30 for Fall enrollment.

Please note applicants who do not hold a current EMT license need to apply by December 1 for Spring enrollment into EMS 101 - EMT course. Upon successful completion of the EMS 101  course and EMT state examination the student will progress into paramedic courses in the Fall. Applicants who have a current EMT license need to apply by June 30 for Fall enrollment. We notify applicants approximately two weeks after the application deadline date whether or not they have been accepted into the program. Applicants accepted into the Paramedic program must attend the required program orientation session.

Students accepted 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. Students are responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the EMS-Paramedic Program Cost Sheet. Please note 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.

Department of Health Professions

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.341.5299

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Phone: 309.345.3500

For Graduation Requirements:

See the graduation policies and procedures page for details .

Note: Students must apply for admission to this program. Please click here to view the program’s page for admission requirements including coursework and prerequisites prior to applying.

Certificate Requirements


First Year

Second Year

Fall Semester

Total Semester Hours: 36


First Year

Second Year

Spring Semester

Total Semester Hours: 36

Note: Students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic program must complete all EMS courses with a grade of C or better in order to register for subsequent courses and continue in the program. In order to graduate students must complete all EMS courses with a grade of C or better.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements  section in this catalog.)


Katie Kepler, EMT-P
Instructor, Paramedic
Coordinator, EMS Program

Derek Schreiner
Dean, Department of Health Professions


The paramedic practice courses are designed for hands-on training in the Paramedic classroom, lab and practicum settings. Essential skills such as IV insertion, airway management, EKGs, administering medications, and performing advanced life support measures will be practiced on up-to-date equipment and simulated training manikins. Practicum experiences for the EMS-Paramedic program will be gained with community agencies and ambulance services in the Galesburg area such as: Galesburg Hospitals’ Ambulance Service, Galesburg Cottage Hospital, OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center, Kewanee Fire & Rescue, and other surrounding community’s fire & rescue agencies as needed.

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