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Paramedic Education


2015 Paramedic Education Program Application

The application process for the 2015 Paramedic Education Program has closed. Applications for the 2016 Paramedic Education Program will be available starting in August 2015. 

Admission Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must currently be certified through the National Registry or State of Illinois as an Emergency Medical Technician (If accepted into the program, students must have a State of Illinois EMT license);
  • Must have a High School diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.);
  • Must have a valid Healthcare Provider CPR card;
  • Must possess a Valid Driver’s License;
  • Must submit three (3) Letters of Recommendation with the application;
  • Must complete the Paramedic Reading and Writing competency requirements at COD during the application process (only if EMT training was not completed at COD);
  • Must pass the entrance exam with an 80% or higher;
  • Complete the oral interview process;
  • If selected into Edward Hospital’s Paramedic Education Program, the student will be responsible for completing mandatory health requirements, apply for a background check, purchase textbooks and uniforms for the program.

Functional Job Analysis - Paramedic

The document below describes the job analysis of a paramedic.

General Paramedic Program Information

Students in the Edward Paramedic Education Program are trained to be professionals who care for all patients with compassion and respect. Our 16 students per year enjoy an excellent passing rate on both the State of Illinois Licensure Exam and National Registry Exam. Edward Hospital's Paramedic Education Program is affiliated with the College of DuPage (COD). Students enrolled in our program earn 32 hours of college credit through COD and are considered full time students.

Edward's Emergency Medical Services system runs only one Paramedic Education Program a year. The program is one year in length (January - December) and class meets on Monday's and Friday's from 9 am - 5 pm. The didactic portion of our program starts in January and ends in July and the field internship portion of the program starts at the end of July. Clinical rotations are scheduled throughout the entire year. Our paramedic program is successful due to:

  • Smaller class size
  • Evidence based course content based on the Paramedic National Education Standards
  • Faculty with extensive knowledge and experience, both in the field and the classroom
  • Multiple clinical rotations throughout Edward Hospital
  • Affiliation with a hospital with a reputation for excellence, a Level II trauma center, and a culture that puts a priority on making things easier and less stressful for patients
  • Field Internship Experience with our outstanding EMS providers: Bolingbrook Fire Department, Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District, Naperville Fire Department, Romeoville Fire Department, and the Warrenville Fire Protection District
  • Training in practical interpersonal skills
  • Authorized by the Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Certification for students in: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

The Edward Hospital Paramedic Education 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 the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

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

Questions? Call Don Larson at (630) 527-3053.  


(630) 527-3000

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