The Advanced Certificate program for EMT II Paramedic is awarded to the student that successfully completes the Paramedic Core Curriculum. Courses run for three consecutive semesters starting each fall. Applications are accepted the previous spring. Successful completion of the core curriculum provides eligibility to take the licensing examination offered by the Illinois Department of Public Health or the National Registry of EMTs.
This program is administrated through a collaborative effort by Malcolm X College, Chicago Fire Department and the Region XI EMS system Resource Hospitals. The paramedic program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety. This program is accredited by CoAEMSP, Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession though 2018. Upon successful completion of this program, the student is eligible to take the licensing examination offered by the Illinois Department of Public Health or the National Registry Paramedic Examination.
The Paramedic Core Curriculum culminates in an Advanced Certificate (AC). In addition to the AC, Malcolm X College is one of the few colleges in Illinois to offer an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in this professional specialty. Successful completion of the identified general education courses in addition to the Paramedic Core Curriculum culminates in an Associate in Applied Science Degree, which can broaden the student’s marketability, as well as provide a strong basis for continued professional learning.
Application and Admissions
Courses run for three consecutive semesters starting each Fall Semester. Program application process typically starts the first Tuesday in February and ends the last Friday in April.
To be considered for admission the applicant must:
- Be a high school graduate or GED Certificate holder
- Be currently licensed by the State of Illinois as an EMT-B (Note – only students enrolled in a current MXC Spring Semester EMT may apply with a license pending. They must have recommendation from EMT instructor with a minimum grade of ‘B’)
- Demonstrate ability to successfully complete a college level science course (4 credit hour with a lab) with a “C” or better. CCC courses that demonstrate this proficiency include courses BIO 121 / BIO 116 / BIO 226 / CHEM 201
- Have a current CPR healthcare provider card
- Have ambulance experience as an EMT-B (approximately 500 hours is strongly recommended) by start of program
- Achieve acceptable scores on admissions examination
- Submit, by the deadline, all application paperwork, with transcripts, to the Paramedic Program Director at Malcolm X College
Admission Committee Interviews
The Paramedic Program is a selective enrollment program; selections are made by interview process. Interviews with Chicago EMS Region XI Admissions Committee will be offered to those applicants who have met or exceeded the Malcolm X College Paramedic Program admission requirements and completed all required admission paperwork. Admission paperwork must be submitted no later than the posted due date.
Selection of candidates for this program is highly competitive. Selection will be based on: Completion of all application paperwork; Interview results; Academic history/GPA; Admission testing results; EMS work experience; References; and Communication skills.