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MCC Emergency Medical Services Program Receives National Recognition

[Tuesday, February 13, 2018]


The McHenry County College EMS program achieved national accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Pictured are, from left, Scott Anderson of Centegra, Brandy Weirich of MCC and Centegra, Jessica Schadd of MCC, Cindy Amore, EMS Department chair at MCC; Steve Spraker, fire chief, McHenry Township; Dr. John Pacini of Centegra, Jeff Voigt of Atec Ambulance and Diana Sharp, Dean of Career and Technical Education at MCC.Chances are that the paramedic who performed CPR on your loved one or rescued a friend from a car crash is a graduate of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program at McHenry County College (MCC).

Not only have MCC graduates who have earned their associate’s degree in EMT-Paramedic landed jobs within the area—at Fire/Rescue Districts or private EMS services—all have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Illinois Paramedic Licensure exam.

This success rate demonstrates the quality of the EMS training provided at MCC, which received national recognition for achieving accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The EMS program demonstrated substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards during a site visit by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).

“The recognition sets the MCC EMS Paramedic program apart from other EMS Paramedic training programs with this national recognition,” said Cindy Amore, EMS Department chair at MCC. “It is a confirmation of the commitment to excellence in providing paramedic education to our community and EMS responders.”

Currently, only a portion of the paramedic programs in Illinois have achieved CoAEMSP recognition, Amore said, adding that this standard in MCC’s educational programming provides graduates more opportunities to pursue employment throughout the country.

The EMS program at McHenry County College provides specialized medical technician courses for those interested in becoming professionally-trained emergency medical personnel. Upon completing the required coursework, students can earn an Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic.

The MCC Paramedic program graduates 20-26 students each year, who are all currently employed within the McHenry County area, either at Fire/Rescue Districts and private EMS services. 

“Many of our graduates are hired as paramedics throughout the greater Chicagoland area, while continuing a part-time commitment in to a local EMS/Fire agency, serving the residents of McHenry County,” Amore said. “Our graduates have demonstrated their success through achieving Illinois Paramedic licensure with 100 percent success, attesting to the quality of the training provided at MCC.”




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