Paramedic Certificate and Degree
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Southwestern Illinois College offers both a 15 month Paramedic Certificate and a 2-year Paramedicine Associate in Applied Science Degree. Both the Paramedic Certificate and the Paramedicine Degree require completion of the Paramedic Program Core Courses, which are required for National Certification and State Licensure eligibility.
The Paramedic Certificate is a 38-credit-hour, 15-month program that can be completed in three semesters. The curriculum includes EMS technical courses covering Airway & Breathing, Cardiology, Medical, Trauma, OB/Gyn/Peds and Operations.
The Paramedicine Degree is a 69-credit-hour, 2-year program that can be completed in four semesters and one summer. The curriculum includes general education courses, EMS technical courses and assigned ambulance runs. There are 20-26 credit hours of general education courses and 38-46 credit hours of EMS or rescue operation courses.
General Education Courses
General education courses can be completed prior to admittance into the program. These courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City, Red Bud campuses or online. If general education courses are not completed by the start of the program, they must be completed during the semesters listed in the course sequence.
The program begins each fall semester and the sequence of courses will vary depending on the beginning semester. Courses are offered at SWIC Belleville Campus.
Students are required to demonstrate competency in technical skills during ambulance runs while enrolled in EMS courses. Ambulance runs begin in the first semester of the paramedic program and continue until program completion. Clinical education experiences are offered through Anderson and Memorial hospitals. Observations in the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room, Operating Room, and Labor & Delivery are also included in clinical time. Students are required to have background checks and drug testing prior to clinical experience work.
Prerequisites may be required for some courses. Refer to the Course Description Guide in the college catalog.