Admission Advocate Lutheran General Hopsital

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 $50 application fee. Include all entry requirements and supporting documentation, by Friday, March 2, 2018. Email to Jenni Hare You may also mail to or bring to:

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
EMS System Office
Attn: Jenni Hare
8820 Dempster Street
Niles, IL 60714

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 P236, on Monday, March 5 OR Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Registration is 8 - 8:15 a.m. for the morning session, and 12:15 - 12:30 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 Monday, March 12 or Tuesday, March 13, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, Room P103. 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 email.
  • Interview dates are to be announced, and will take place after written and practical skills testing have been completed.
  • 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 based upon the results of their written EMT Knowledge Exam, Practical Skills Test, assessment and placement tests, and the oral interview.
  • The number of students accepted into ALGH 2018 Paramedic Program is contingent on the number of available openings to complete the infield evaluation on an ambulance with an ALGH preceptor. Notification of acceptance into ALGH 2018 Paramedic Program will be sent via email after testing and oral interview processes have been completed.
  • The applicants must notify ALGH no later than Tuesday, May 1, 2018 if they wish to be accepted into the program.
  • Start date for ALGH 2018 Paramedic Program is Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Oakton Community College, 7701 N. Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077, Room TBA.

6. Meet the Final Conditions of Program Eligibility.

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).

$4,850 for non-sponsored/non-affiliated (independent) students
$4,350 for sponsored/affiliated students (employed by one of our ALGH EMS System Pre-hospital Providers)

Tuition balance will be $4,600 for non-sponsored/non-affiliated (independent) students and $4,100 for sponsored/affiliated students. The tuition balance is paid to Oakton after the start of class. Further information will be provided to you at that time.

Payment plans are available. For additional information, contact Oakton's Cashier at 847.635.1639.

Key Dates
March 2 – paramedic program application due
March 5 & 6 – written assessment testing
March 12 and/or 13 – practical skills testing
April 17 – applicants notified of interview date/time  
May 1 – applicants notify ALGH of intention to attend
May 29– first day of paramedic school - FIR 221

Questions? Call Jenni Hare (Lutheran General) at 847.723.5430 or Anita Cherian (Oakton) at 847.376.7679

For more information, contact Michael Doocy, program coordinator, at 847.376.7887or