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The Emergency Medical Services degree includes theory and techniques of firefighting, inclusive of the Emergency Medical Technician curriculum, required by most fire departments. The program focuses on emergency medical services and the administration of those services in any setting. After completion of the degree and all of the objectives of the Illinois Department of Public Health are passed, the student is allowed to take the State of Illinois Paramedic Licensing exam.

For more information about Fire Science, please visit the program page.

Degree Requirements

Field of Study Code: FIRE.AAS.EMS

Program Requirements
ANAT 1500Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology4
ENGLI 1101English Composition I3
HLTHS 1110Biomedical Terminology3
SPEEC 1100Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
FIRE 2278Paramedic I12
FIRE 2279Paramedic II12
FIRE 2280Paramedic III12
General Education
Three credits any Social/Behavioral Science Course (1100 or higher)3
Three to five credits in a Mathematics course (1100 or higher) 13-5
Three credits in a Humanities/Fine Arts course (1100 or higher)3
Program Electives
Select six credit hours from the following 2000-level Fire Science courses:6
Paramedic Transition
Trauma Assessment
Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals
Differential Medical Assessment
Total Credits64-66

Except for MATH 1104 Mathematics for Horticulture or MATH 1120 Mathematical Foundations for Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonographers.

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A.S. degree, please visit the A.A.S. degree catalog page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ElectiveProgram Elective 3
ElectiveProgram Elective 4
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
ANAT 1500 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
Second Semester
SPEEC 1100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Gen EdMathematics 1 3-5
HLTHS 1110 Biomedical Terminology 3
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
Gen EdHumanities and Fine Arts 3
Third Semester
FIRE 2278 Paramedic I 12
Fourth Semester
FIRE 2279 Paramedic II 12
Fifth Semester
FIRE 2280 Paramedic III 12
 Total Credits65-67

Any Math Course, MATH 1100 Business Mathematics or higher, (except MATH 1104 Mathematics for Horticulture or MATH 1120 Mathematical Foundations for Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonographers).


Pre-admission requirements: FIRE 2271 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with a Grade of B or higher. (Completion of FIRE 2271 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) requires one additional semester.)


Completed FIRE 2278 Paramedic I with a grade of 80% or better, or consent of Instructor.

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural or interest-based Student Club.

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.