Emergency medical services

Where Will You Go?

Our paramedic certificate (15-month, 29 credit hour) and Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hour) degree program offer the most advanced level of training for the EMT at an affordable cost. We also offer a 5 credit hour Basic EMT certificate that prepares you to provide vital care to the sick or injured. 

After successfully completing the state-approved course, you are eligible to sit for the Illinois EMT-Basic Certification exam or the EMS: Paramedic and National Paramedic exam; the average pass rates for the exams are 97% and 100%, respectively. Work for emergency medical services, hospitals, or police/fire departments. Advance to supervisor, operations manager, administrative director, or executive director of emergency services, or become an instructor at community colleges or training centers, with further training.


Program Outcomes


CoAEMSP Program #: 600682

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). 

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020. 

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 72.7%. The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 72.7%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program. The most recent retention rate was 68.8%.  

For questions regarding outcomes contact:

Wade H. Hales, BSEd, Paramedic, LI 
EMS Program Director 
Fire Service Technology Program Director  
Office: 217/353-2779 
Cell:  217/841-7286 

Outcomes Summary Reporting Data


The Parkland College Emergency Medical 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).

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214/703-8445 • FAX (214/703-8992



To contact CAAHEP:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775