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
OSF HealthCare Northern Region EMS offers Paramedic classes throughout the year at various locations. Day Paramedic Courses are offered at the OSF Northern Region EMS West State Training Facility every year beginning in September. Night Paramedic Courses are offered at the OSF Northern Region EMS West State Training Facility beginning in September in even years and January in odd years. 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 2020
The Paramedic Course for Fall 2020 will be held September 9, 2020 to June 16, 2021 at the OSF NREMS West State Training Facility in Rockford, IL.
- Course dates are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Application Packets are now available.
- Applications are closed for the 2020 Fall Paramedic Course. Please check back for information regarding the Fall 2021 Paramedic Course.
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
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33756
To contact CoAEMSP:
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, Texas 75088
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 exam.
As submitted to CoAEMSP in our 2018 Annual Report for Paramedic Cohorts graduating in 2018:
State of Illinois Written Exam: 100%
Positive Placement: 100%
Field Internship Student Data Acquisition Project
The OSF Northern Region EMS Paramedic Education Program is approved for Veterans' Education Benefits.
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 NIEMS 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, Donna Kauke, NNP-BC, M.S.N., RN, Associate Dean of Nursing / Allied Health, at (815) 599-3688.