Advocate Christ Medical Center, here in Oak Lawn, is accepting applications for its ten-month Paramedic Education Program that begins on Monday, August 5, 2019, and ends Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The program will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the EMS Academy, 5220 W. 105th Street, Oak Lawn. There are skill labs that may occur Monday/Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in some modules. The entire ten-month schedule is distributed on the first night of class.
Advocate Christ Medical Center has an affiliation with Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC). Students will be enrolled as Moraine Valley Community College students and will receive MVCC credits. The 35 transferable college credits achieved upon completion of the program can be applied toward the MVCC Associate Allied Health Science Degree.
The program is accredited by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) EMS Division and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). This recognition allows all graduates to be eligible for the IDPH State Paramedic licensing exam and the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) certification exam.
To learn more about the Paramedic Education Program, an informational session will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at the EMS Academy beginning at 7 p.m. Topics for discussion will include: application process and requirements, program length and time commitment, program components (class, lab, field, clinical), online components (A&P, MVCC Testing Center, FISDAP), tuition and fees and Moraine Valley Community College Affiliation/A.A.S. Degree. A tour of the classrooms and labs will also be included. For additional information, contact Linda Abrahamson, Paramedic Program Director at 708.684.5957 or Donald Mazor, Paramedic Program Clinical Coordinator and Education Assistant at 708.684.5979 or to complete the 2019 Paramedic Program application go to: www.regionviiems.com and click on Advocate Christ EMSS.
Advocate Christ Medical Center is a 788-bed premier teaching institution with more than 1,500 affiliated physicians. Advocate Christ is a leader in health care and one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest in a number of specialties, including cancer care, cardiovascular services, heart, kidney and lung transplantation, neurosciences, orthopedics and women’s health. The hospital also has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois providing emergency care for more than 105,000 patient visits annually and is a leader in breakthrough technologies, including eICU® (electronic intensive care unit) monitoring, and the robotic da Vinci Surgery System®. Advocate Christ ranked fourth overall among hospitals in the state of Illinois and the Chicago Metro area according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2018-2019” list. The hospital is also recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Center. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession. Advocate Christ is part of Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit, integrated health system in the United States.