Paramedic program - Southwestern Illinois College

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.

Application for Fall 2021 are accepted March 1 through June 1, 2021.

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

Requirements to apply:

– Online application is available in your eSTORM Student Center
Online Application Procedures

    1. Log in to eSTORM
    2. Go to your Student Center
    3. Scroll down to Health Sciences
    4. Select “program” under Program Application
    5. Complete the application and submit

Download the Paramedic Application Planning Guide for Application Requirements

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

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax 214-703-8992

Graduate Outcome Measures


Year   Retention   NREMT Psychomotor Exam NREMT/State Cognitive Exam Job-Related Placement
10/31/2015 86%  (6/7) 100%  (6/6) 100%  (6/6) 100%  (6/6)
10/31/2016 92%  (12/13) 100%  (12/12) 92%    (11/12) 100%  (11/11)
10/31/2017 91%  (10/11) 100%  (4/4) 100%  (10/10) 100%  (10/10)
10/31/2018 88%  (15/17) 100%  (10/10) 100%  (15/15) 100%  (15/15)
10/31/2019 79% (23/29) 100% (22/22) 91% (21/23) 100% (21/21)
10/31/2020 79% (15/19) 100% (15/15) 100% (15/15) 100% (15/15)
5 Year Average 84%  (81/96)) 100%  (69/69) 96%    (78/81) 100%  (78/78)

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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