The Paramedic Profession
The Paramedic, as a part of the healthcare continuum, provides prompt and professional pre-hospital medical treatment to the sick and injured. Under the direction of a medical control physician, the paramedic becomes an extension of the hospital emergency department, seeking to bring quality care directly into the communities in which they serve. The Paramedic is well trained to fulfill the task of rendering advanced lifesaving techniques, and to be a resource for healthcare education and safety within the general public.
The Loyola University Medical Center Paramedic Academy is designed for individuals seeking to become
professional healthcare providers. Rigorous academic and clinical applications enable students to gain a
unique and in-depth experience in the emergency health services. The nationally accredited LUMC
Paramedic Academy emphasizes that students demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, critical thinking
abilities, good decision-making, and the capacity for making quick and appropriate judgments regarding
Upon successful completion of this program, students are well prepared to assume their duties as patient
advocates working always to act on behalf of those in need. Students will master the skills necessary to
satisfy the requirements of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, and will be eligible
for licensure by the State of Illinois Department of Public Health. As professional healthcare providers,
Loyola Paramedic graduates are taught to interact effectively with other emergency services personnel,
become dynamic leaders, value life-long learning and personal development, serve their communities, and
above all, respect and sustain human life.
The Loyola University Medical Center’s Paramedic Academy is an 11-month course of study based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2009 National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards for paramedic instruction. This program is designed to provide the student with the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills that are essential in performing the duties of a Paramedic. The LUMC Paramedic Academy offers a broad educational experience, utilizing some of the best clinical settings in the Midwest. The course is comprised of formal classroom instruction, a variety of clinical rotations in medical center and community hospital settings, and a comprehensive field internship with local Fire Departments.
The LUMC Paramedic Academy demands student commitment and dedication to life-long learning. Classes meet three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 0900 to 1630). The course incorporates a variety of teaching methods including lecture, small group activities, student teaching sessions, and skills laboratories. Students are encouraged and supported by their instructors to take responsibility for their learning, and to develop a knowledge base that will make them leaders in the Emergency Medical Services field.
The LUMC Paramedic curriculum also includes instruction in the following specialty courses, geared towards creating well-trained, well-rounded paramedics:
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
- Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS)
- Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals (PEPP)
- Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
- Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)
- ICS 100 / 200 / 700 / 800
Upon successful completion of their course of studies, Loyola paramedic candidates are eligible to challenge the National Registry examination for Paramedics (NRP) to gain their licensure as a paramedic by the State of Illinois.
General requirements for acceptance into the LUMC Paramedic Academy are as follows:
- Minimum of 18 years of age
- Current Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) EMT licensure
- Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/BLS card
- Copy of Valid Driver's License
- Copy of Health Insurance Card
- Transcripts from highest level of education completed
(high school, associates, bachelors, etc.)
Have completed a college Anatomy & Physiology course (COD Anatomy 1500 or equivalent; Or 1551/1571 and 1552/1572) with a grade of ‘C’ or better by the time of application or within the last 10 years.
Have completed a Bio-Medical Terminology course (COD HLTHS 1110 or equivalent) with a grade of ‘C’ or better by time of program start date (January 7, 2020) or within the last 10 years.
(The program reserves the right to inquire about your midterm status, if you have not completed an A&P course by the application deadline.)
- Letter from employer/supervisor verifying your experience as an EMT
(recommended 6 months minimum)
- One—two letters of recommendation outlining your strengths
(should be separate from employment
verification letter, and not be from relatives)
Acceptance into the LUMC Paramedic Academy is determined by the combined scores of the written exams and a formal interview. Pre-admission testing consists of three exams—a standardized reading comprehension exam, a mathematics exam, and an EMT exam. Applicants who meet or exceed the minimum scores on all three exams and have submitted a complete application packet will be invited to interview with the program coordinator and/or lead instructor.
The Loyola University Medical Center Paramedic Academy is committed to equitable treatment of students with disabilities. All students must meet the admission requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to identify their specific need and to provide appropriate documentation and evaluations to support the accommodations requested. The program must work within existing resources in attempting to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
Continually since 1995, The Loyola University Medical Center Paramedic Academy 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).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763
To contact CoAEMSP:
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