Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services programs at IVCC include three levels: EMT-Paramedic, EMT-Basic, and Emergency Medical Responder (EMR):

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic 

Paramedics provide an immediate response to emergency medical 911 calls. They are usually the first senior healthcare professional on the scene and they are responsible for assessing a patient's condition and providing treatment and care prior to hospital admission. Treatment may include: resuscitating and stabilizing a patient; using high tech equipment such as a defibrillator; applying spinal and traction splints; administering intravenous drips, drugs and oxygen. A paramedic will attend emergencies including minor injuries, sudden illness, and casualties arising from road and rail accidents, criminal violence, fires and other incidents. They are usually in a two-person ambulance crew with the other crew member being another paramedic or EMT-B.

Paramedic Physical 07-2014 (Word)

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic 

EMT-Basics have more limited training than a Paramedic. An EMT-Basic can provide beginning, non-invasive emergency care and give life support under the supervision of an EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic. Some common medical treatments that an EMT-B might perform include: controlling bleeding; bandaging injuries; splinting broken bones; using automated external defibrillators.

EMT-B Physical 07-2014 (Word)

Emergency Medical Responder (First Responder)

An Emergency Medical Responder is an entry-level emergency medical provider who functions in a variety of pre-hospital, industrial and first responder settings, either in a paid or voluntary capacity. An EMR frequently provides care until and EMT-B or Paramedic arrives on the scene.  The successful completion of an approved EMR course can be a pre-requisite to pursuing training as a Fire Fighter and many Law Enforcement programs. An EMR is taught to recognize the seriousness of a patient's condition or extent of injuries to assess requirements for emergency medical care and administer appropriate emergency medical care for life threatening injuries relative to airway, breathing and circulation.


Contact Bonnie Campbell, Dean of Health Professions at 815-224-0481.

The Illinois Valley Community 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, is it 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.