Moraine Valley Community College'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 program includes an Emergency Medical Technician course and a Paramedic Certificate Program.
Emergency Medical Technician Course (EMT)—To enroll in the EMS-101 course, new students must apply for admission to Moraine Valley, then register for the class. This course develops skills to the level of Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. This program emphasizes all skills necessary to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with an ambulance service or other specialized service. Students will be expected to complete 60 contact hours in the clinical setting, including: 24 hours in the emergency room, 24 hours of ambulance ride time, 8 hours in obstetrics, and 4 hours in dispatch.
The following documentation must be submitted by midterm so that students may participate in the clinical training component of the course:
Clinical sites include Little Company of Mary, Palos Community Hospital, Orland Fire Protection Dispatch, and several fire departments on the south side of Chicago. Successful completion of the course prepares the student to take the Illinois Department of Public Health examination for Emergency Medical Technician licensure. After passing the examination, the student is licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician to provide basic life support.
Emergency Medical Services Certificate Program—Paramedic: Provides Emergency Medical Technicians to meet licensure standards to function as an advanced life support provider (Paramedic) in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health Emergency Medical Services Act. Upon successful completion of the EMS courses and final exam, students are eligible to take the State of Illinois Paramedic Examination. This exam must be passed in order to receive paramedic state licensure. The program is offered through Moraine Valley in cooperation with Christ Hospital and Medical Center. All EMS courses are taught at Christ Hospital.
Employment Outlook—Employment of emergency medical technicians 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 EMT services as they become more likely to have medical emergencies. There will still be demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas. In addition to those arising from job growth, openings will occur because of replacement needs; some workers leave the occupation because of stressful working conditions, limited potential for advancement, and the modest pay and benefits in private-sector jobs. Earnings of EMTs and paramedics depend on the employment setting and geographic location as well as the individual's training and experience. Median hourly wages were $14.10 in May 2008. The lowest was $23.77. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.13 and $18.28. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of EMTs and paramedics in 2008 were:
Resource: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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
For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Student Services Center, S202, (708) 974-5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.
Six months of ambulance experience as EMT or Advanced EMT is preferred.
If you have successfully completed the Paramedic Program, you may test for proficiency credit for EMS-102, 103, 104, 233 and 237. Contact the Moraine Valley Academic Outreach Office to explore Achieved Prior Learning options at (708) 974-5639.
If you are seeking Moraine Valley course credit for equivalent courses completed at another college or university, initiate a transcript review through Moraine Valley's Admissions Office at (708) 974-2110.