Paramedic Certificate

Paramedic Guidesheet

What is a paramedic?EMS Code Scenario

Paramedics are the most highly-trained of the class of EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) working in the United States. A paramedic takes charge at the
scene of an emergency and, if necessary, will perform life-saving procedures while transporting patients to the hospital. Paramedics may administer medications and perform invasive procedures on patients before they arrive at the emergency department. Some of the procedures paramedics may be required to perform include: provide cardiac support to heart attack victims; administer IV (intravenous) fluids; perform emergency respiratory procedures; stabilize broken bones; assess health situations. Paramedics have a great opportunity to
make a difference in the lives of members of our communities, often in their most vulnerable circumstances.

Program Options

IVCC’s Paramedic Program is designed to be completed in three semesters (fall,
spring and summer).  After completion of the required courses, you will receive a
Paramedic Certificate and be quailified to take the National Registry of EMT's Paramedic Exam.

The Illinois Valley Community College's EMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 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
FAX 214-703-8992"

Program Outcomes

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2022.

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic Cognitive exam was 75%.

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at the completion of the program.

The most recent retention rate was 80%.

Program Outcomes can be found here

Hands on Training

The IVCC Paramedic Program uses the latest in training technology, including a state of the art ambulance simulator that provides realistic hands-on
training.  Paramedic students must also complete a specified amount of
hospital and field clinical time and a field internship in order to successfully
complete the clinical portion of the program.  All clinical/field experiences
are conducted in local hospital facilities and local Fire/EMS agencies.


IVCC tuition is just one-third to one-fourth the cost of state universities and far below most private institutions.  An approximation of tuition and fees and cost comparison can be found on the IVCC website at and at

 Careers in EMS

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Program Coordinator



Nicholas Fish

Program Coordinator
Office - B301
(815) 224-0267