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Emergency Medical Services
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Curriculum code 1332

The Emergency Medical Services A.A.S degree program is designed for students intending to enter the public or private sector as Paramedics. Most employers now require an AAS for all entry level Emergency Medical personnel. The college also offers courses and programs leading to an 8-hour EMT-B and 35-credit-hour paramedic certificate in Emergency Medical Services (see below). The program for the A.A.S. degree combines the certificate courses and a series of General Education courses to form the 62-credit hour degree. The Paramedic may take the Illinois State and National Registry Examination for Paramedics, which will permit flexibility when seeking employment opportunities.

Nature of Work—Patient rescue often depends on quick reaction and competent care by paramedics. Incidents as varied as auto accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. Paramedics provide these vital services as they care for and transport patients to a medical facility. The Paramedic provides extensive pre-hospital care, which includes administration of medications orally and intravenously, tracheal intubation, and defibrillation of patients in lethal arrhythmias. The Paramedic is employed in a number of industries, including the private ambulance service, municipal fire department or facility responses on helicopters and fixed wing transport vehicles.

Related MVCC Program—In addition to the Associate in Applied Science degree, the college offers these courses and programs in the EMS field. These offerings form the basis for the A.A.S. degree and are listed below. For more information, including entrance requirements, consult that Career Program Worksheet, in print or online.

• EMS-101 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
• Paramedic Certificate Program

Paramedic Program Applications—Student candidates who are 18 years old and have a current Illinois EMT license are eligible to apply. Call (708) 684-5957 or (708) 684-5979 for details regarding program and application information.

Paramedic Program Location—Advocate Christ Medical Center—EMS Academy, 5220 W. 105th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Employment Outlook—Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. Population growth and urbanization will increase the demand for full-time paid EMTs and paramedics rather than for volunteers. In addition, a large segment of the population – the aging baby boomers—will further spur demand for EMTs services as they become more likely to have medical emergencies. Graduates of the degree program will be prepared for supervisory and management positions beyond entry-level positions.

Earnings of EMTs and paramedics depend on the employment setting and geographic location of their jobs, as well as their training and experience. Median hourly wages of EMTs and paramedics were $14.60 in May 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.13 and $18.28. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.08, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $23.77. Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of EMTs and paramedics in May 2008 were $12.99 in other ambulatory health care services and $15.45 in local government. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of EMTs and paramedics in 2008 were:
• General medical and surgical hospitals $30,220
• Ambulance Services $22,380

Those in emergency medical services who are part of fire or police departments receive the same benefits as firefighters or police officers. For example, many are covered by pension plans that provide  retirement at half pay after 20 or 25 years of service or if the worker is disabled in the line of duty.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics www.bls.gov/oco (Emergency Medical Technician)

The median salary in Chicago for EMT IS $32,175. Salaries range between $24,618 to $42,631.
Source: Salary.com

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, Student Services Center, S202, at (708) 974-5737.

Admission Requirements—Students who plan to pursue the Emergency Medical Services A.A.S degree program follow the admission requirements for the related certificate program. Consult that Career Program Worksheet, in print or online.

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