Academic Programs / Emergency Medical Services




General Admissions Information

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The next EMS-Paramedic Cohort will begin Fall 2016. Apply prior to June 1.

Mandatory Information Session dates

Emergency Medical Services- AAS
Paramedic- Certificate (Gainful employment info)

Associate of Applied Science

Admissions Documents
Admission criteria
Student checklist

Emergency Medical Services
This program is designed for students interested in pre-hospital health care, including local ambulance personnel and firefighters requiring additional EMS training. The program also seeks to meet emerging needs in our region for emergency medical technicians and to augment required paramedic training required by local fire districts. Upon successful completion of the AAS or Certificate in EMS, graduates will be well prepared to take certification state licensure exams in this health care specialty.


Currently licensed paramedics may be eligible to receive prior learning credit for the core paramedic courses . The following minimum criteria must be met in order to be eligible for prior learning credit:

1 . A current Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) or
National Registry Paramedic License.
2 . Letter of good standing from the local EMS system coordinator .

The student must also meet the minimum graduation requirements to earn the Associate Degree:
1 . Overall cumulative grade-point average of 2 .00 or higher
2 . Have enrolled at Highland for the lat 15 approved semester hours applied to a degree
preceding graduation or earning at least 30 approved semester hours of credit at Highland

The student must meet with the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health to review their individual situation and develop a course plan to meet graduation requirements . An administrative fee and/or per credit hour tuition fee may apply .

Our Emergency Medical Services Faculty and Staff:
Donna Kauke, NNP-BC, MSN, RN, Dean Health, Natural Science, and Math, 815-599-3688
Heather Moore, Emergency Medical Services Program Student Advisor, 815-599-3483
Brian Murphy, Paramedic, Swedish American EMS, 815-489-6084 or 815-489-6082

Scholarship Opportunities:
View all of our scholarships here.