Southwestern Illinois College is thrilled to announce that beginning in the Fall of 2018, Memorial Hospital, Anderson Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Southwestern Illinois College will be working collaboratively to offer one paramedic program to be held at the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus. All three of these hospitals have a long history of fostering EMS education in our community, and this exciting new partnership will give every student enrolled in our nationally accredited paramedic program the opportunity to experience the unique educational and clinical resources that these hospitals have to offer.

Applications for Fall 2019 are accepted March 1 through June 1, 2019.

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the nationally accredited Paramedic program prior to enrolling in any EMS program courses.

Requirements to apply:

 

Program at a Glance

  • Length of program: 15-month Certificate or 2-year Degree
  • Program location: SWIC Belleville Campus
  • Program start time: Fall

Paramedic Program

SWIC Paramedic instructors are experts in the field. Under their guidance and instruction, you work toward an Associate in Applied Science Degree. You will also prepare for the certification exam. Course topics include:

  • EMS 205 Paramedicine I
  • EMS 220 Paramedic Field Internship I
  • EMS 206 Paramedicine II
  • EMS 221 Paramedic Field Internship II
  • EMS 207 Paramedicine III
  • EMS 222 Paramedic Field Internship III
  • EMS 208 Paramedicine IV
  • EMS 223 Paramedic Field Internship IV
  • EMS 210 Paramedic Clinical Practice II
  • FS 160 Technical Rescue Awareness
  • EMS 211 Paramedic Clinical Practice II

Program Capacity

Fall Semester

The Paramedic program generally accepts 20 students.

Program Location

The Paramedic program consists of general education courses, EMS pre-fix courses, two FS courses (FS 280 and 160) and assigned clinical experiences. Specific locations depend on the course type.

General Education Courses

The required general education courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City, Red Bud campuses or online.

Paramedic Courses

The Paramedic program courses are offered at SWIC in Belleville for fall semester.

Clinical Education Experiences

Clinical education experiences are offered through Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Memorial Hospital in Belleville and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon. Field internships are offered through various ambulance services within the EMS system.

Program Cost

Paramedic Certificate program

For details, see the Paramedic Certificate Cost Sheet

Paramedicine Degree program

For details, see the Paramedicine Degree Cost Sheet

Time Commitment

Paramedic Certificate Time Commitment (15 month sequence)

Lecture & Lab Commitment

Classes generally meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and periodically, classes will meet on Fridays and Saturdays: from 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

 

Field Internship

Clinical experience is scheduled during the program, typically between 12 and 72 hours per month.

Program Recognition

The SWIC Paramedic program is recognized and approved by:

The Southwestern Illinois Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (http://www.caahep.org/) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

 

To contact CAAHEP:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
http://www.caahep.org/

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
Fax 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

Graduate Outcome Measures

Graduate Outcome Measures

Memorial SWIC Paramedic Program Outcomes

Graduation

Year

 

Retention

 

NREMT Psychomotor Exam

NREMT/State Cognitive Exam

Job-Related Placement

10/31/2014 76% 100% 83% 100%
10/31/2015 86% 100% 100% 100%
10/31/2016 92% 100% 92% 100%
10/31/2017 91% 100% 100%* 100%
Avg. 85% 100% 92% 100%

 

Anderson SWIC Paramedic Program Outcomes

Graduation
Year

 

Retention

 

NREMT Psychomotor Exam NREMT/State Cognitive Exam Job-Related Placement
3/31/2015 70% 100% 100% 100%
3/31/2016 86% 100% 100% 100%
3/31/2017 71% 100% 100%* 100%
Avg. 75% 100% 100% 100%

 

*Candidates still in progress

Certification Requirements

National and State Licensure Examinations

Upon successful completion of the one-year Paramedic curriculum, graduates are awarded the paramedic certificate (068B). They are qualified to challenge the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) or State EMT-Paramedic examination for licensure. Refer to Illinois Department of Public Health website for more information on the various EMT level National examinations offered in Illinois.

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