Paramedicine and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are a vital link between life and death in thousands of medical and traumatic emergencies each day.

ambulanceEMTs providing basic life support and paramedics providing advanced life support have the capabilities to perform lifesaving techniques such as CPR, the use of an AED, airway management, the application of a tourniquet, splinting, emergency childbirth, emergency operations and multiple other skills. Diagnostic, therapeutic and pharmacologic advancements in medicine have dramatically improved the quality of care available to critically ill or injured patients in the pre-hospital setting. EMT’s and paramedics function through physician medical oversight as crucial members of a comprehensive emergency medical services (EMS) response system. EMTs and paramedics work closely with firefighters and police officers on incident scenes as part of public safety.

EMS logoLewis & Clark's EMT course and Paramedicine program are committed to the dynamic challenge of training and educating EMTs and paramedics to the highest standards. This program has kept pace as technological advances and demands have evolved. L&C provides students with the solid foundation in emergency medicine necessary to enter this rewarding and exhilarating career. Learning includes classroom, lab, simulation instructions and clinical experience in local hospitals, ambulance services and fire stations.

The EMT course can be completed in one semester while the Paramedicine program can be completed in two years. The EMT course and Paramedicine program meet both the National and Illinois Department of Public Health educational standards.The Lewis and Clark Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
(727) 210-2350

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


The EMT and Paramedicine curriculum prepares the graduate to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Certification.  EMT and Paramedicine graduates must successfully complete both the psychomotor and cognitive exams.  NREMT provides National EMS Certification for the United States.  After graduates obtain National EMS Certification, they must obtain a license from the State EMS Office in the state(s) you plan to practice.  All fifty states either recognize or require the NREMT Certification.

Student Achievement Data

L&C EMT Program

Pass Rates for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Certified NREMT Exam

94%92%83%82%83%In progress

L&C Paramedicine Program

Retention,exam pass rates and job placement by cohort

YearRetentionIllinois State/ NREMT Cognitive ExamIllinois State / NREMT Psychomotor ExamJob Placement
2018No graduates during the 2018 reporting yearNo graduates during the 2018 reporting yearNo graduates during the 2018 reporting yearNo graduates during the 2018 reporting year


Emergency Medical Technician | Certificate of Completion
Paramedicine | AAS degree
Paramedicine | Certificate of Proficiency

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Bob Page Clinical Trifecta 2 day EMS Series

June 27-28

Bob Page, M.Ed, NRP, CCP, NCEE, CHSE, CHSOS is an internationally known speaker, instructor, author and paramedic. His two day EMS series on the Clinical Trifecta, includes Multi Lead Medics 12 Lead, Slap the Cap and Stethescopy for Dummies. This event is free for licensed providers in prehospital, emergency/critical care and health science students at Lewis & Clark. Space is limited so please be sure to reserve a seat in advance. Lunch and snacks are provided both days.

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