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To enroll in JJC EMS or Fire Science programs, please contact the Health and Public Service Secretary at 815-280-2356 or email@example.com for a faculty advisor appointment prior to enrollment or registration. This will help students to choose the correct EMS or fire science program for their needs and goals.
Fact: 85 percent of calls run by modern firefighters are medical.
The Emergency Medical Services program at JJC prepares students for careers as firefighter/paramedics, firefighter/EMT's, private ambulance service providers, hospital techs, health staff in local industries, and other healthcare settings. We have both degree and certificate programs to fit your needs! Contact our faculty advisors now at firstname.lastname@example.org for your individualized EMS education plan.
EMR (First Responder) is an introductory course (EMS 101) that teaches you the basics of pre-hospital assessment and treatment, including CPR and first aid. While EMR licensure is available from IDPH, the course is used by JJC primarily as a useful pre-requisite to our EMT class. A licensed EMR can find work in some industries, police departments, and private medi-van companies.
EMT (EMT-B) is the lowest level of EMS provider that can staff an ambulance in Illinois. An EMT provides CPR, patient assessment, limited field diagnosis, and limited treatments (including a few medications) for illness or trauma. If you want to be a firefighter/paramedic, a paramedic in another healthcare field, or an ER technician, you need to start with EMT licensure. The EMT class at JJC (EMS 200) is one semester long and is included in ALL JJC fire and EMS degrees and certificates as of Fall 2023. JJC has boasted an average 100% pass rate on the state and national EMT exams for more than 25 years!
Paramedic (EMT-P) licensure is required by most fire departments in the Chicago area, since most of their calls are not fires, but rather medical emergencies/accidents. Some departments won't even give you an application until you are a paramedic! A paramedic trains for a year beyond what is required for an EMT, and can assess patients, provide a field diagnosis, treat patients based on that diagnosis, administer 70+ medications, perform certain invasive procedures, interpret EKG's... a lot of what the ER can do, but on wheels! Our paramedic program is held in full partnership with Morris Hospital EMS on our main campus. The state and national exam pass rate in our joint program exceed the Illinois average!
Joliet Junior College and Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers administer the paramedic education program in FULL partnership, with classes taught on the main JJC campus by Morris EMS instructors. The paramedic 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). The program is 12 months long and begins every August.
The JJC/Morris paramedic program is open to all licensed Illinois EMT's and applicants do not need to be currently enrolled at JJC. However, preference points in the application process are given to JJC EMS students and graduates.
The application for the 2022-23 program is now closed. The application for the 2023-2024 program will be posted sometime in March or April.
The Kim Crawford Memorial Scholarship is available exclusively for JJC Fire Science/EMS students. Students in their second year who have a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate financial need can apply. For more information, visit JJC Scholarships page.
Employment opportunities for EMS graduates are diverse. A majority of our students move into positions as cross-trained firefighter/paramedics. But other opportunities include: