In cooperation with Centegra Hospital McHenry and the McHenry Western Lake County EMS System, MCC provides specialized emergency medical technician courses for those interested in becoming professionally-trained emergency medical personnel. Earn your Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic AAS and learn to stabilize accident victims and others in medical crisis at the scene - prior to transport to a health care facility.

MCC also offers you the opportunity to cross-train through our Firescience program.

Working as an EMS provider requires significant physical strength, dexterity, and the ability to function in very adverse environments with exposure to numerous safety risks typically found at emergency scenes. Can you meet, or exceed, these EMS Provider Functional Requirements and Physical Expectations?

Our goal is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

CAAHEP Accreditation Statements

The McHenry County College Paramedic program has completed a site visit for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) (www.caahep.org). This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

The McHenry County College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992

Credit for Experiential Learning Disclaimer

Due to licensing regulations, McHenry County College Paramedic program does not recognize credit for experiential learning.

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Total Cost of Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic AAS

(in-district) Total Amount: $11,295.00

Credit Hours to Complete: 66

Weeks to Complete: 96

Emergency Medical Technician Degree and Certificate Requirements

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What makes MCC's Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic AAS program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

MCC's EMS program provides opportunities for a range of students and working professionals in this field.

Emergency Medical Responder:
This is the entry level-course that provides the non-medical responder with knowledge and basic skills to provide first response treatment to victims of illness and injury with the goal to maintain basic life functions until an ambulance/rescue unit arrives.
Emergency Medical Technician:
An EMT provides a detailed study of patient assessment and basic life support management of someone experiencing illness or traumatic injuries. The goal of treatment is to recognize abnormal physical assessment findings and provide basic life support treatments. Upon successful completion of the classroom and clinical requirements for the program, students are eligible for licensure examination within the state of Illinois. Licensure is required for employment.
The paramedic training program provides an intensive study of the human body with focus on the recognition of life threatening medical illnesses and traumatic injuries. The goal of patient care is to deliver advanced life support treatments based on assessment findings. Upon successful completion of the classroom, lab and clinical internship requirements, students are eligible for licensure examination within the state of Illinois. Licensure is required for employment.

In addition to the Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic AAS, we offer:

What you need to know about getting your Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic AAS (CIP 51.090)

Total Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic AAS Costs
  in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $6,864.00 $26,096.00 $31,500.00 $30,180.00
Additional Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic AAS Costs $4,431.00 $4,431.00 $4,431.00 $4,431.00
Program Total $11,295.00 $30,527.00 $35,931.00 $34,611.00


What job opportunities are available to someone with an Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic AAS?

  • Entry level fire service and EMS positions for fire departments and EMS agencies
  • Consider using your EMS training in fields like on-the-job safety, occupational health resources, marketing and sales of EMS equipment, entertainment venues, dispatch services, death investigation, or hospital ER care.
Occupations that Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic AAS prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 29-2041
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1071

How will MCC's Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic AAS program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

All EMS faculty are professionals with multiple years of working in the EMS field in the McHenry County community. You'll benefit as much from your instructor's experience and hands-on skills labs as you will from the formal curriculum. Many instructors invite other licensed professionals into the classroom to share their perspectives, giving you insight into the day-to-day realities of the field.

By the Numbers:

  • Salary range is $45,000 to $50,000.
  • Job Outlook: Projected growth 22% (much faster than average)

What have graduates gone on to do?

  • Graduates of our EMS program have gone on to work for the Secret Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, coroner's office and local healthcare providers like Centegra.

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