2016-17 Catalog

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic

www.sandburg.edu/academics/emergency-medical-services-paramedic

The Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program offers two paramedic training options, resulting in a one-year 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. Graduates will be eligible to take the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Paramedic licensure exam or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic exam.

The Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program at Carl Sandburg College is designed to prepare the graduate to administer care to the sick and injured in emergency situations. Graduates are employed primarily by ambulance services, fire departments, helicopter flight crews, and hospitals. Upon successful completion of the EMS 101 – Emergency Medical Technician course, the student will be eligible to take the EMT registry examination.

Accreditation/Licensure

The Carl Sandburg College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).  This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status.  It is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation.  Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s).  However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
FAX: 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Program at a Glance

  • Average starting salary: $36,000  *national median average US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Level of patient contact: High
  • Length of program: One year Certificate or two-year AAS degree
  • Program location: Galesburg campus
  • Program start time: Spring or Fall
  • Evening classes offered
  • Employment opportunities in a variety of settings
  • Prepare for State license exam

Admission to the Program: Limited

Admission information is available on the Program Website.  Please follow the link at the top of the page.

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Paramedic program prior to enrolling in any Paramedic courses. Enrollment is limited.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admission and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam.
  4. Students planning to apply to the paramedic program need to attend a scheduled information session prior to applying.
  5. If you are currently already an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), provide transcripts for course and EMT licensure.
  6. Meet with an advisor and complete online application for admission into the Paramedic program.
  7. Applications accepted October 1 - June 1.
  8. The following criteria are required of accepted applicants and all information will be explained in detail upon admission into the program (all of the following information can be found on the program website):
  9. Applicants accepted into the Paramedic program must attend the required orientation session and be able to perform the Paramedic Program Essential Skills (see program website) with or without reasonable accommodations.
  10. Students accepted will be required to possess current CPR Certification at the Healthcare Provider level throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, influenza vaccination, physical examination, criminal background check, and 10-panel drug screen.
  11. Student is responsible for all fees incurred.
  12. Estimated Cost – Paramedic Certificate (see program website)
  13. Estimated Cost – Paramedic Associate in Applied Science Degree (see program website)

Please note that findings on the criminal background check may void the conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program.  Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

College of Nursing & 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
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

For Graduation Requirements:

See the graduation policies and procedures page for details.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Spring SemesterSemester Hours
EMS.101 Emergency Medical Technician 8
ENG.101 Freshman Composition 1 3
PSY.101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC.101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Summer Session
PHL.103 Biomedical Ethics 3
Fall Semester
BIO.211 Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
EMS.112 Paramedic Pharmacology 2
EMS.120 Paramedic I 2
EMS.125 Paramedic Practice 1 2
Second Year
Spring Semester
BIO.212 Anatomy & Physiology 2 4
EMS.130 Paramedic II 2
EMS.135 Paramedic Practice II 2
Summer Session
EMS.210 Paramedic III 2
EMS.215 Paramedic Field Internship 6
 Total Semester Hours46

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.)

Certificate

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Spring SemesterSemester Hours
EMS.101 Emergency Medical Technician 8
Fall Semester
EMS.112 Paramedic Pharmacology 2.5
EMS.120 Paramedic I 7
EMS.125 Paramedic Practice 1 2.5
Second Year
Spring Semester
EMS.130 Paramedic II 2
EMS.135 Paramedic Practice II 2
Summer Session
EMS.210 Paramedic III 2
EMS.215 Paramedic Field Internship 6
 Total Semester Hours32

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.)

The paramedic practice courses are designed for hands-on training in the Paramedic classroom, lab and practicum settings. The paramedic courses are held at Carl Sandburg College’s Galesburg campus Building H, H102 is the Paramedic Lab where essential skills such as IV insertion, airway management, EKGs, administering medications and performing advanced life support measures will be practiced. 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.