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Paramedic Admission

Paramedic Admission

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Oakton Community College
Enrollment Information
This is a limited enrollment program.

1. Meet the Prerequisites.

You must have:

  • A current IDPH EMT-B License.
  • EMT-B experience or 40 hours of ambulance ride time. Proper documentation of ride time must be included with application.
  • A college-approved English course (equivalency of Oakton EGL 101) and math course (equivalency of Oakton MAT 114 or MAT 140 - or have passed MAT 102), or take Oakton’s English, writing, and/or math assessment tests for course placement. Call the Testing Center at 847.635.1939 (Des Plaines) or 847.635.1446 (Skokie) for a schedule and information. Please plan ahead. It takes one 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 Paramedic Program Application.

Submit your application, with a $35 application fee. Include all entry requirements and supporting documentation, by Friday, January 30. E-mail to Peggy Drag You may also mail to or bring to:

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, EMS System Office
8820 Dempster Street, Niles, IL 60714


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

  • Please check the appropriate box on your preferred assessment test date/time.
    (February 6 or 7, 2015: 7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.)
  • Missing documents (e.g., 40 hours of ambulance ride time, Oakton’s assessment test results, a letter of good standing, and current continuing education hours) may be cause for disqualification.  

3. Take the Written and Practical Skills Assessment Tests.

The Written Assessment Test will take place at Oakton’s Skokie campus, Computer Labs - Room P232 or P233, on Friday, February 6 or Saturday, February 7. Registration is 7:30 - 8 a.m. for the morning session and 12:30 - 1 p.m. for the afternoon session.

  • Written exam: There are six online written tests (reading, math, test anxiety, motivation, learning styles, and a 150-question exam covering basic EMT-B knowledge.

Late applicants will be disqualified. There will be no make-ups. Bring a photo ID and wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes. (No high heels.) Use of any electronic devices during the testing process will be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Applicants who pass the written assessment tests, will take the Practical Skills Testing on Tuesday, February 10 or Wednesday, February 11. Date and times for the Practical Skills Test will be assigned as you leave the computer labs.

  • Practical skills test: This test consists of seven stations - CPR/AED, medical assessment, trauma assessment, spinal immobilization, limb immobilization, hare traction, and bandaging.

Late applicants will be disqualified. There will be no make-ups. Bring a photo ID and wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes. (No high heels.) Use of any electronic devices during the testing process will be grounds for immediate disqualification.

4. Sit for an Oral Interview.

Applicants who pass the testing will take part in an oral interview. Test results and interview dates and times will be announced via e-mail on Friday, February 13. Interview dates are Tuesday, February 17; Wednesday, February 18; and Thursday, February 19. The interview, conducted by a panel of ALGH EMS staff, Oakton’s EMT chair, and possibly fire department personnel, will take place at ALGH’s EMS System office, 8820 Dempster Street, in Niles.  Review your application for the oral interview. The panel may ask questions based on your responses. Be prepared to speak about your character, why you want to be a paramedic, and future EMS plans. Your interview rating will place you into the appropriate group. Business attire is highly recommended.

5. Placement on the Eligibility List & Final Acceptance.

Successful applicants will be placed on the paramedic eligibility waiting list. Final acceptance into the program is based on exam and test scores, interview ratings, placement tests, and residence (within Oakton’s district versus out-of-district). The number of applicants accepted is based on the number of openings available to complete the infield evaluation on an ambulance by an ALGH preceptor.

Notification of final acceptance will be on Monday, March2.

6. Meet the Final Conditions of Program Eligibility.

Those selected for participation will tentatively begin the course on Monday, March 16. Students who haven’t already done so will complete an Oakton application on the first day of class. Prior to the first date of class of class, participants will be required to:

  • Pass a background check.
  • Pass a random urine/drug screen check.
  • 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.
  • Pay a $700 deposit for textbooks (due on or before the first day of class).

$4,100 for sponsored/affiliated students
$4,600 for non-sponsored/non-affiliated (independent) students
Tuition balance will be $3,900 for non-sponsored/non-affiliated (independent) students and $3,400 for sponsored/affiliated students.

Key Dates
January 30 – paramedic program application due
February 6 & 7 – written assessment testing
February 10 & 11 –practical skills testing
February 13 – test results announced, applicants notified of interview date/time  
February 17, 18 & 19 – applicant interviews
March 2– notification of acceptance into the program
March 16 – applicants notiify ALGH of intent to attend
March 30 – program start date

Questions? Call Jenni Hare (Lutheran General) at 847.723.5430 or Peggy Swedroe (Oakton) at 847.635.1688.

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

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March 25
Registration opens for summer 2015.

March 29
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after March 29.

April 8
Registration opens for fall 2015 semester.

May 14, 15
Evaluation Days.

May 15
Last day of student attendance.

May 18
First summer 2015 interim classes begin.

May 18
Grading Day.
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.

May 19
Faculty grading due.

May 19

May 25
Memorial Day holiday, College closed.

June 8
Summer 2015 eight-week session begins.

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