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Paramedic Admissions

Admissions Requirements


Courses run three consecutive semesters starting each fall. Applications are accepted the previous spring. 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: Students enrolled in a current spring semester EMT class who have not completed the state exam are not eligible to apply unless from MXC EMT class with acceptable course grade).
  • Have successfully completed a four credit-hour Anatomy and Physiology course (with a lab) attaining a “C” or better.  Courses offered at MXC which meet this requirement includes: BIO 116, BIO 226 or 227.
  • Have a current CPR card.
  • 500 hours ambulance experience as an EMT-B by start of program is strongly recommended.
  • Achieve acceptable scores on admissions examinations.
  • Submit, by deadline, a completed program application with transcripts, to the Paramedic Program director at Malcolm X College.
Applicant Interviews
Interviews with EMS Region XI Admissions Committee are granted to those applicants who have met or exceeded the candidates’ admission criteria.
Selection Factors
Selection of candidates for this program is highly competitive and conducted by interview process. Evaluation of applicant ability is based on academic history, EMS work experience, references, and communication skills. Emphasis is placed on academic history as demonstrated by GPA, and motivation as demonstrated by experience in EMS field.
For further information about attaining an Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services, contact the EMS Program Office at (312) 850-7124.