Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Certificate

Program Description

Emergency Medical Services education is offered through the Allied Health department in cooperation with the Emergency Medical System of Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus.

This education prepares individuals for entry-level positions as emergency medical technicians (EMS 100 & 102) and paramedics. The program prepares individuals to provide basic and advanced life support in out-of-the-hospital settings to critically ill and injured persons.

To prepare individuals to function in the pre-hospital role, a combination of educational methods will be used including theory instruction, demonstration and practice of life-saving skills for simulated and real emergency situations. Instruction is provided by physicians specializing in emergency medicine, registered nurses, and paramedics with advanced education in medical and trauma management.

Students must successfully document and meet all health and background checks required by academic programs and/or clinical sites prior to admission to program and/or courses. A physical examination and immunizations are required prior to beginning clinical practice/field time. Completion of pre-admission testing is required (contact Marcella Miner at minerm@bhc.edu for information.)

To seek EMT licensure prior to employment the student must successfully complete the EMT courses (EMS 100 & EMS 102) and sit for either the EMT Illinois Department of Public Health State examination or the National Registry Examination.

To seek Paramedic licensure prior to employment the student must successfully complete the Paramedic Certificate Program and sit for either the Paramedic Illinois Department of Public Health State examination or the National Registry Examination.

Job opportunities include hospitals, private ambulance services, municipal fire, police or rescue squad departments. Volunteer services generally require EMT licensure.


The curriculum in Emergency Medical Service is career-oriented and the applicant must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • 18 years of age
  • Physical examination is required prior to beginning clinical practice
  • Student must achieve a grade of 80% or above in all courses to continue in the program
  • Completion of pre-admission testing with appropriate placement score or REA 098, MATH 081 & ENG 091; or approval of EMS program director.

Accreditation Information and Outcomes Report


Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Certificate

Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

EMS 10 Emergency Medical Technician Basic (8)
EMS 102 Emergency Medical Technician
Basic Clinical (1)

Fall Semester

EMS 110 Paramedic Theory I (7)
EMS 112 Paramedic Theory II (8)
EMS 114 Paramedic Clinical I (3)

Spring Semester

EMS 210 Paramedic Theory III (7)
EMS 212 Paramedic Theory IV (7)
EMS 214 Paramedic Clinical II (4)

Summer Semester

EMS 216 Paramedic Clinical III (5)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 50