The Paramedic program is a course of study based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Standard Curriculum for paramedic instruction. The program is designed to provide students with the cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills necessary to perform advanced-level medical and trauma care in the pre-hospital setting and to assume leadership positions in the various emergency medical services professions.

Classes incorporate a variety of teaching methods, including lecture, small group activities, student teaching sessions, and skills laboratories. Dynamic didactic sessions, along with comprehensive clinical and field internships prepare the student to challenge the National Registry Certification examination.


  • Complete Education Course Application with all specific course requirements as indicated on the course application.
  • Appropriate course fee paid prior to start date of class.
  • Current Illinois EMT / Intermediate License**
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR Certification**
  • Current Driver’s License / Government ID
  • High School Diploma / GED
  • Current Immunizations as listed on application***
  • Letter of Commitment from an ALS transport agency for Field Internship
  • Must be 18 years of age by the final course examination date.
  • Background check
  • Drug screen

** Course prerequisites must be kept current throughout the completion of this course.
*** Immunizations must be on an official document

Course Offerings

OSF HealthCare Northern Region EMS offers Paramedic day classes September through June at the OSF EMS West StateTraining Facility.  Paramedic classes are offered at our agency's locations upon request. Please click the button below if you are interested in hosting or attending a class.
Please use the Education Information Request form to obtain an application or to receive notification of upcoming classes.

Paramedic Course - Fall 2022

The Paramedic Course for Fall 2022 will be held September 12, 2022 to June 16, 2023 at the OSF NREMS West State Training Facility in Rockford, IL.

  •   Applications for the Fall 2022 Paramedic Course are closed
  •   You may request to be added to a waiting list in the event seats become available.
  •   The next Paramedic Education course will begin September 2023.

When requesting course information, please include first and last name, email and phone number.

Request Paramedic Application Package

Education Information Request 


The OSF HealthCare Northern Region EMS Paramedic Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions Committee (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N., #7709
Seminole, Florida 33775
(727) 210-2350

To contact CoAEMSP:
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, Texas 75088
(214) 703-8445

This CAAHEP accreditation allows graduate students from the OSF HealthCare Northern Region EMS Paramedic Education Program to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic examination.

Paramedic Program Outcomes Data

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 2021.

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic / State Cognitive exam was 100%.

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 50%.


Field Internship Student Data Acquisition Project

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Veterans' Education

The OSF Northern Region EMS Paramedic Education Program is approved for Veterans' Education Benefits.  Students who choose to utilize Veterans' Education Benefits must present a Certificate of Benefits Eligibility to the EMS Training Supervisor during the application process.  You may contact Lisa Kirane at (815) 395-4901 or for further information and assistance.

Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

OSF Northern Region EMS has entered into an articulation agreement with Highland Community College for those OSF NREMS Paramedic Program graduates who wish to further their education and pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services.

This articulation agreement, effective November 10, 2012, provides transfer admission opportunities for OSF Northern Region EMS Paramedic Education Program Graduates who are academically qualified and interested in completing an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services at Highland Community College. Students must complete all transferrable modules and receive their Paramedic License to transfer a maximum of 43 credits to Highland Community College. Students will then take a minimum of 15 credits at Highland Community College as specified in the academic catalog. Other college transfer credits, in addition to these modules, may be reviewed on an individual basis.

Contact Highland Community College, Stephanie Eymann, DNP, RN, Interim Director of Nursing / Allied Health, at (815) 599-3439.

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