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EMT - Paramedic


Emergency medical technicians, also known as EMTs, provide one of the most vital services in the medical field. They provide emergency medical care during life-and-death situations. There are different levels of emergency care providers, all with specific skills and responsibilities.

At Rend Lake College, you can receive training as a First Responder, the most basic level of emergency care but not considered as an EMT. You can also receive training as an EMT-Basic, the initial entry into EMT training; or as an EMT-Paramedic. All EMTs are state licensed, and most are nationally certified / registered / licensed as well. Each level of EMT training requires additional classroom hours, clinical hours, and continuing education requirements. Each level must take State Boards (which are now National Standards), and the test is both written and 'practical,' meaning you must demonstrate your 'hands on' skills in various scenarios. Like Nursing Boards, most of the testing is based on the 'best right answer'.

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Each level of EMT training marks an increase in an ability to do invasive / sterile procedures or administer certain types of drugs. For example: an EMT-B can administer oxygen and in some states, other medications like epinephrine for allergic reactions. When you get to the Paramedic level you can administer more emergency medications, start IVs, administer first-line cardiac drugs and initiate advanced airways.

Tying in EMT services with various community services may be one setting where an EMT will work. In some areas, members of the Police Department or Fire Department are also required to be EMS certified. Some ambulance companies are affiliated with hospitals, others with cities or towns, others are privately owned.

All 50 states have credentialing requirements for EMTs. As a result, salary levels are affected most by education, experience, geographic region, and work setting. EMTs that are employed by fire and police departments often receive additional benefits.
 

Degrees & Certificates in EMT Paramedic

Community & Corporate Education Division

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN — Certificate

Occupational Certificate

This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and meets current IDPH standards for training as an Emergency Medical Technician. Successful completers of the certificate may apply to take the Illinois Department of Public Health EMT-B examination. Learning will occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital and field settings.

Admission Requirements Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

  • Submit a completed RLC new student enrollment form.
  • Submit proof of high school graduation or successful completion of GED.
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools (or official GED test scores) and post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Provide a copy of physical exam, health screenings andimmunizations as required by clinical facilities.
  • Be at least 18 years of age before completion of course.
  • Successfully pass a test dealing with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Submit to and pass a background check.
  • Provide proof of current health insurance.
  • Accept provisions of the Rend Lake College Substance Abuse Policy. Students will be required to submit to a drug screening test as per policy.

The curriculum for this program has been developed to meet the licensing requirements for the State of Illinois.  It is not determined whether the curriculum meets licensing requirements for any other states.

► Total = 9 Hours

  • EMT 1250 Emergency Medical Technician (9)

EMT PARAMEDIC — Certificate

Occupational Certificate

This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and meets current IDPH standards for training as an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic. Successful completers of the certificate may apply to take the Illinois Department of Public Health EMT-P examination. Learning will occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital and field settings. Students are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in EMTP courses.

Admission Requirements Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

  • Submit proof of current licensure as an Emergency MedicalTechnician - Basic.
  • Submit a completed Rend Lake College new student enrollment form.
  • Submit an EMT-Paramedic program application.
  • Be a graduate from an accredited high school or have successfully completed the GED exam.
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools (or official GED test scores) and post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Provide copy of a physical exam, health screenings and immunizations as required by clinical facilities.
  • Submit to and pass a background check.
  • Provide proof of current health insurance.
  • Successfully pass a test dealing with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Accept provisions of the Rend Lake College Substance Abuse Policy. Students will be required to submit to a drug screening test as per policy.

The curriculum for this program has been developed to meet the licensing requirements for the State of Illinois.  It is not determined whether the curriculum meets licensing requirements for any other states.

► Total = 45 Hours

Prerequisites (9 Cr. Hrs.)

  • EMT 1250 – Emergency Medical Technician (9)

Licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician through the Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety.

First Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

  • EMTP 1260 Paramedic Services I (6)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • EMTP 1262 Paramedic Services II (12)
  • EMTP 1272 Paramedical Clinical I (3)

Third Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • EMTP 1263 Paramedic Services III (12)
  • EMTP 1273 Paramedic Clinical II (3)

Fourth Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

  • EMTP 1264 Paramedic Services IV (6)
  • EMTP 1274 Paramedic Clinical III (3)

EMT PARAMEDIC — Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree}

This program, approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, is designed to prepare students for a career as a paramedic. Career opportunities exist in the field of medical services, including medical and ambulance services, fire departments and industrial settings. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the Illinois Department of Public Health Paramedic licensure examination. Learning will occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital and field clinical settings. Students are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in EMTP courses.

► Total = 68 Hours

Prerequisites

  • EMT 1250 – Emergency Medical Technician 9

Licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician through the Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety.

First Semester (7 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • ZOO 1105 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)

Second Semester (13 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Communication (3)
  • HECO 1202 Health Care Terminology (3)
  • PSYC 2101 Intro to Psychology (3)
  • ZOO 1106 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)

Third Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

  • EMTP 1260 Paramedic Services I (6)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • EMTP 1262 Paramedic Services II (12)
  • EMTP 1272 Paramedical Clinical I (3)

Fifth Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • EMTP 1250 Dosage & Calculations (3)
  • EMTP 1263 Paramedic Services III (12)
  • EMTP 1273 Paramedic Clinical II (3)

Sixth Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

  • EMTP 1264 Paramedic Services IV (6)
  • EMTP 1274 Paramedic Clinical III (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

Program Outcome Data

Paramedic Program Outcome Data
Graduate year: 2019

Retention:
The Retention threshold set by CoAEMSP is 70% and based on the percentage of students who started on the enrollment date (Summer 2018) and who completed/graduated (Summer 2019)
Retention rate: 76.9 %- 10 out of 13 students successfully completed the 2018-2019 Paramedic Program

National/State Written Examination:
The National Registry and State written Exam threshold is 70%. The success of any examination results are computed over 2019 based on total number of graduates attempting the examination.
Exam pass rate: 8 out of 10 students tested for the State Exam and all passed. The pass rate is 80%.

Positive Job Placement:
The Positive (Job) Placement threshold set by CoAEMSP is 70%. Positive Job Placement means that the graduate is employed full or part time or volunteers in the profession or a related field. It also means that graduates are continuing his/her education or serving in the military.
Positive Job Placement rate: 90%

Program Outcomes

Emergency Medical Technician

  • Assess and evaluate signs and symptoms of patient.
  • Provide prompt and efficient emergency medical care.
  • Arrange the orderly transfer of patient care at the receiving medical facility.
  • Document accurate records.
  • Operate and maintain the emergency vehicle and its equipment.

EMT Paramedic

  • Communicate patient assessment to appropriate members of the health care team.
  • Develop patient needs assessment and prioritize patient needs
  • Evaluate and document patient responses.
  • Implement emergency care for patients in compliance with the scope of practices as outlined in the EMS National Standard Curriculum.
  • Participate in assessment by observing, collecting, recording, and reporting objective and subjective data in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Plan care for patients utilizing established patient assessment results

Articulation


Articulation agreements document a pathway between Rend Lake College and the following schools for the academic program(s) listed.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale
AAS Degree in Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic to BS Degree in Public Safety Management

Accreditation


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The Rend Lake College paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

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Faculty & Staff


Director of Paramedic Program
Phone Extension: 1419
Building: RLC MarketPlace
Office: Building 2, Suite C
 

Allied Health Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1251
Email: [email protected]
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Allied Health
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Allied Health

 



 

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