Applications for Spring 2018 are no longer being accepted.

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: Anderson and Memorial Hospitals
  • Program start time: Fall and Spring semesters

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

Spring Semester

The Paramedic program generally accepts 20 students at Anderson Hospital in the spring.

Fall Semester

The Paramedic program generally accepts 20 students at Memorial Hospital in the fall.

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 Anderson Hospital in Maryville in the spring and Memorial Hospital in Belleville in the fall.

Clinical Education Experiences

Clinical education experiences are offered through Anderson Hospital in Maryville and Memorial Hospital in Belleville. 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:

  • at Memorial (Fall semester program start) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • at Anderson (Spring semester program start) from 1 p.m. to 5 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 Programs / Belleville Memorial Hospital and Anderson Hospital are 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).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

The Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62761
phone: 217-782-4977
fax: 217-782-3987

Graduate Outcome Measures

Graduate Outcome Measures

View the Paramedic program’s Paramedic Graduate Outcome Measures.

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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