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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 Application.

  • Submit your application, with all entry requirements and supporting documentation, by Friday, February 7. E-mail to You may also mail to or bring to:

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

  • Include a letter of good standing from your EMS provider and/or documentation of 30 hours (per year) of continuing education with course application.

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

Testing will take place at Oakton’s Skokie Campus, Computer Labs - Room P230, on Friday, February 14. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Late applicants will be disqualified. Bring a photo ID. Applicants who pass the written assessment tests, will take the Practical Skills Testing on Wednesday, February 26. Registration will be outside of Room P103. Times will be individually assigned. Bring a photo ID and wear comfortable clothing and close-toed, close-heeled shoes. (No high heels.) There will be no make-ups.

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

Your final standing (in each grouping) is based on your exam and test scores. Test results will be sent via e-mail on February 28.

4. Sit for an Oral Interview.

Applicants who pass the testing will take part in an oral interview. Appointment dates and times will be assigned the week of March 3. 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 March 14.

6. Meet the Final Conditions of Program Eligibility.

Those selected for participation will tentatively begin the course on Monday, March 31. 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:

  • Pay a $600 non-refundable fee for textbooks (applied to the tuition balance).
  • Pass a background 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.

After the first day of class, participants will be required to pass a random urine/drug screen check.

Key Dates
February 7 – application due
February 14 – written assessment testing
February 19 – assignment of practical skills test time
February 26 – practical skills testing
March 3 – assignment of interview dates and times (week of)
March 14 – notification of acceptance into the program
March 31– 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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