The advent of pre-hospital emergency medical services has created a demand for professionally trained, highly qualified health care workers to deliver the specialized care necessary for the concept to succeed. Moraine Valley’s Emergency Medical Services Program is for individuals who want to go into the public or private sector as emergency medical technicians. It can also be an alternative career path for those presently in the fire science field. The purpose of EMS 101 and the Paramedic Programs are to prepare students to fill this vital role and meet the requirements of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for licensure.

Program Information, Course Requirements and Suggested Schedules

Emergency Medical Services (A.A.S.) 
Emergency Medical Services (EMT-P, Paramedic-Certificate)

Essential Functions

All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the college, Emergency Medical Services students must be able to:

  • Use digital fine motor skills with both hands continually throughout the day.
  • See clearly enough to read hand-written and computer-generated communications.
  • Hear clearly enough to accept verbal orders from incident commanders and electronically generated orders broadcast from emergency room personnel.
  • Work standing on their feet for the majority of the day.
  • Walk quickly to and from service locations for the majority of the day.
  • Lift patients onto gurneys, into ambulances, and up and down stairwells.
  • Write and speak to patients, peers and staff effectively.
  • Interact appropriately with patients, physicians, peers and supervisor.
  • Use good judgment to seek assistance when needed.
  • Lift a minimum of 50 pounds unassisted.
  • Apply safety and infection control standards learned in the program to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients, staff and self.
  • Have the ability to handle stressful situations, remain calm, and prioritize patient treatments.
  • Have the ability to work in extreme and hazardous conditions including darkness, heat, cold, dampness, and very small spaces.

Emergency Medical Services Certificate Program

The program includes an Emergency Medical Technician course and a Paramedic Certificate Program. Before entering the Paramedic Certificate Program, students must complete the 8-credit hour EMS-101, Emergency Medical Technician course. The Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic credentials can also be an alternative career path for those presently in the fire science field.

Emergency Medical Technician Course (EMS-101)
EMS-101 includes 60 hours of clinical experience, including 24 hours in an emergency room, 8 hours in obstetrics, 24 hours in ambulance ride time, and 4 hours in dispatch. The sites used for the clinical component of EMS-101 are Little Company of Mary Hospital, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Palos Community Hospital. Upon successful completion of EMS-101, students are eligible to take either the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examination for licensure or the Illinois State Emergency Medical Technicians exam. After passing either examination, the student is licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician, who is then able to provide basic life support care in Illinois.

Paramedic Certificate Program

35-credit hour Paramedic Certificate Program prepares the Emergency Medical Technician to meet licensure standards to function as an advanced life support provider in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health Emergency Medical Services Act. The program is offered at Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center in cooperation with Moraine Valley Community College. All Paramedic courses are taught at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. Upon successful completion of the Paramedic courses and final exam, students are eligible to take the State of Illinois Paramedic Examination. The exam must be passed in order to receive paramedic state licensure.

State Licensure Exams
Successful completion of the course prepares the student to take the Illinois Department of Public Health examination for Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic licensure.

  • Emergency Medical Technician: After passing the examination, the student is licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician to provide basic life-support in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health Emergency Medical Services Act.
  • Paramedic: The 35-credit-hour program prepares an Emergency Medical Technician to meet licensure standards to function as an advanced life support provider or Paramedic in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health Emergency Medical Services Act.

Program Accreditation

The Advocate Christ Medical Center/Moraine Valley Community 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 EMS Professions (www.CoAEMSP.org).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350

Program FAQs

Questions? Contact the program coordinator at (708) 608-4404 or hufnagl@morainevalley.edu