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Paramedic Information

Paramedic Information

Presence Saint Francis Hospital and Oakton Community College
2015 Enrollment Information
This is a limited enrollment program.

1. Meet the Prerequisites.

You must have:

  • A current Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) EMT-B License.
  • EMT-B experience
    40 hours of ambulance ride time. Proper documentation of ride time must be included on the Paramedic application.
  • A college-approved English course (equivalency of Oakton EGL 101) and math course (equivalency of Oakton MAT 102, MAT 110 or MAT 114),
    take Oakton’s English, writing, and/or math assessment tests for course placement.
    (Call the Testing Center at 847.635.1939 - Des Plaines; 847.635.1446 - Skokie for a schedule and information. Please plan ahead. It takes a week for test results to be available. Note: if you plan to take Oakton’s assessment tests, you must complete an Oakton application. Visit

2. Complete the Assessment Testing Application.

Submit your application, with a $50 fee and a copy of your IDPH EMT-B license no later than 3 p.m., Friday October 3, 2014 to:

Presence Saint Francis Hospital
EMS Office
355 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202

Please check the appropriate box on your preferred test date.

3. Take the Written Assessment Tests and Practical Skills Test.

Written Tests (computer-based testing)
Testing will take place at Oakton’s Skokie Campus, Computer Lab, Room P233 or P235, on Friday, October 10, 2014, OR Saturday, October 11, 2014. Registration is from 7:30 – 8 a.m. for the morning session and 12:30 - 1 p.m. for the afternoon session. The test will take approximately four hours.

There are six written tests (reading, math, test anxiety, motivation, learning styles and a 150-question exam on basic EMT-B knowledge). Dates and time for the Practical Skills Test will be assigned as you leave the computer labs.

Late applicants will be disqualified. Bring a photo ID to both sessions.

Practical Skills Test
Testing will take place at Oakton's Skokie campus, Room P103/104 on Tuesday, October 14 OR Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

The test consists of seven practical skills stations (CPR/AED, medical assessment, trauma assessment, spinal immobilization, limb immobilization, hare traction, and bandaging).

Late applicants will be disqualified. Bring a photo ID to both sessions. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes (no high-heeled shoes) to the Practical Skills Test. Use of any electronic devises during the testing will be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Test Results
Results will be announced by e-mail on October 24, 2014. Applicants who successfully pass the testing process should continue and complete Steps 4 through 7.

4. Complete the Paramedic Program Application

The application must be submitted by 3 p.m., Monday, November 3, 2014, by e-mail to Lisa Maass,
or mail the application and all supporting documentation* to:

Presence Saint Francis Hospital
EMS Office
355 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202


Oakton Community College
Division of Mathematics and Technologies
1600 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016

*Missing documents (i.e., 40-hours of ambulance ride time, Oakton's assessment test results, letter of good standing, and current continuing education hours) may be cause for disqualification.

5. Sit for an Oral Interview.

Oral interview dates are:
Tuesday, November 18,  2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Oral interview dates will be assigned. Applicants will be notified by e-mail on November 7, 2014, with their assigned date and time. The interview, conducted by a panel of Presence St. Francis Hospital (PSFH) EMS staff, Oakton’s EMT chair, and possibly fire department personnel, will take place at PSFH EMS Office, 355 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Review your application before the oral interview; the panel may ask questions based on your application responses. Be prepared to speak about your character, why you want to be a paramedic, and future EMS plans. Business attire is highly recommended. Do not be late.

6. Placement on the Eligibility List & Final Acceptance.

Successful applicants will be placed on the paramedic eligibility waiting list, based upon written EMT-B Knowledge Exam, Practical Skills Test, assessment and placement tests, oral interview, and residency (within Oakton's district versus out of district). See the 2015 Eligibility List Rubric.

The number of applicants accepted is based on the number of openings available to complete the infield evaluation on an ambulance by a PSFH preceptor.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by e-mail on Monday, December 1, 2014.

7. Meet the Final Conditions of Program Eligibility.

Applicants must notify PSFH no later than Monday, December 9, 2014 if they wish to be accepted into the program. The start date for PSFH 2015 Paramedic Program is Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Participants will be required to:

  • Pass a background check (before the first day of class).
  • Submit verification of health insurance and a current physical exam.
  • Submit results of blood titers for rubeolla, rubella, mumps, varicella, and hepatitis B; recent TB test; and recent tetanus and flu vaccinations.
  • Submit $700 deposit for textbooks (on or before the first day of class).
  • Pay tuition balance of $3,900 for non-sponsored (independent) students and $3,400 for sponsored students.

2014 Key Dates

  • October 3
    Assessment application due
  • October 10 & 11
    Written Assessment Testing (includes 150-question EMT-B examination)
  • October 14 & 15
    Practical Skills testing
  • October 24
    Test results announced
  • November 3
    Paramedic Program application due
  • November 7
    Notification to applicant, assignment of interview date and time
  • November 18, 19, 20
    Applicant interview
  • December 1
    Applicant notified of acceptance
  • December 12
    Applicant to notify PSFH of intention to attend

2015 Key Dates

  • January 6
    First day of Paramedic school

For more information, contact Stanley Kimura, department chair, at 847.635.1827 or

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