EMS and paramedic education

Bob Kocolowski, BS
Paramedic Education Coordinator

Anthony Wistocki, BS
EMS Instructor Lead


Applications for the 2024 Paramedic Education Program are now closed. Applications for the 2025 Paramedic Education Program will be available in May, 2024.

To access the College of DuPage website, please click here.  

At Edward-Elmhurst Health, we are thankful for the strong relationships we have built with area first responders. Each and every day, we work closely together with area paramedics, fire and police, to provide outstanding care to community members in-need.

As an EMS Resource Hospital, Edward is responsible for mobilizing area first responders and hospitals in the case of a mass casualty disaster, and directing and coordinating the response. Elmhurst Hospital is also prepared and equipped to care for victims of a large scale disaster.

In addition, both hospitals provide paramedic continuing education. Edward Hospital's Paramedic Education Program, for those seeking a career in this field, is affiliated with College of DuPage (COD). Students who successfully complete our program will earn the Paramedic Certificate from the College of DuPage and also 36 credits towards the Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Emergency Medical Services.

Paramedic education program information

The Edward Paramedic Education Program trains students to be professionals who provide care with compassion and respect. We accept up to 16 students per year, who earn excellent passing rates on the National Registry Exam.

Edward's Emergency Medical Services system runs only one paramedic education program a year. The one-year program starts in January, and meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. The didactic and clinical rotation portion of our program starts in January and ends in July, while the field internship cohort starts at the end of July.

Our paramedic program is successful because we offer:

  • Smaller class size
  • Evidence-based course content based on the Paramedic National Education Standards
  • Faculty with extensive knowledge and experience, both in the field and the classroom
  • Multiple clinical rotations throughout Edward Hospital
  • Affiliation with a hospital with a reputation for excellence, a Level II trauma center, and a culture that puts a priority on making things easier and less stressful for patients
  • Field internship experience with our outstanding EMS providers: Bolingbrook Fire Department, Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District, Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District, Naperville Fire Department, Romeoville Fire Department, and the Warrenville Fire Protection District
  • Training in practical interpersonal skills
  • Authorized by the Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Certification for students in: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

Program requirements 

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be certified through the National Registry or State of Illinois as an Emergency Medical Technician (If accepted into the program, students must have a State of Illinois EMT license)
  • Must have a high school diploma, State of Illinois High School diploma or GED awarded prior to 1-1-23.
  • Must have a valid healthcare provider CPR card
  • Completion of a Basic Anatomy/Physiology Course (or higher) and a Medical Terminology Course is preferred but not mandatory
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must submit three (3) reference letters with the application (included in application)
  • Must complete the paramedic reading and writing competency requirements at College of DuPage during the application process (only if EMT training was not completed at COD)
  • Successfully pass the entrance exam
  • Complete an oral interview process
  • If selected into Edward Hospital’s Paramedic Education Program, the student will be responsible for completing mandatory health requirements, applying for a background check, paying a lab fee and purchasing textbooks and uniforms.


The Edward Hospital Paramedic Education 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).

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

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

NREMT Pass Rate

✓ 100% Positive Job Placement

✓ 91.7% Student Retention

NREMT Pass Rate

✓ 100% Positive Job Placement

✓ 71.4% Student Retention

NREMT Pass Rate

✓ 100% Positive Job Placement

✓ 71.4% Student Retention


Student Testimonials

"A program that's designed to help you succeed."
-Daniela K.

"Edward Paramedic Program encourages students to succeed by providing resources as well as supportive staff to prepare you to become a positive and competent paramedic."
-Frankie D. 

Forms and resources

Even people of action have to deal with paperwork. Read on for access to printable forms and relevant links. 

EHEMSS communication form

Change of address/phone/department/name

Request for letters of good standing

State of Illinois IDPH forms
EMS Licensing
EMS Provider and Vehicle Licensing