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Paramedic Program

Course description

The curriculum provides the student with information about the recognition, assessment and management of acute and chronic changes in physiology, presenting physical signs and symptoms of illness and injury, emotional and psychological symptoms or reactions to the stress of acute illness or injury, and psychomotor, psychosocial and psychosexual growth and development as it pertains to the pre-hospital care of the neonate, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient.

In addition, the curriculum covers the professional, ethical and legal responsibilities that paramedics assume as students and later as practitioners, plus radio principles and protocols for communicating.

In laboratory sessions, students learn to assess a patient and utilize clinical and critical thinking skills to properly manage care of the patient in the pre-hospital setting.

During the clinical and field internship portions of the program, students are allowed to apply learned theory and clinical skills while under the direct observation and guidance of a preceptor.

Students will have a terminal competency assessment conducted near the conclusion of the course to evaluate their overall performance. Visit our alumni page to learn more about recent graduates of this program.

Why Mercyhealth?

  • Small class size
  • State-of-the-art, high-fidelity simulation
  • Direct physician involvement

Course objectives

Upon completion of the classroom lectures, demonstration/return demonstration labs, independent readings, hospital-based clinical rotations, supervised field internship, and course exams, the paramedic graduate will be able to demonstrate competency and mastery in terminal competencies outlined in the Program Summative Assessment.

  • Prepare for incident response and EMS operations.
  • Integrate patho-physiological principles and assessment findings to provide appropriate patient care.
  • Demonstrate paramedic skills associated with established standards and procedures for a variety of patient encounters.
  • Communicate effectively with others.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior.
  • Meet state and national competencies listed for paramedic credentialing.
  • Performing a patient assessment, recognizing alterations from health, setting patient care priorities, and coordinating their efforts with those of other agencies that may be involved in the care and transportation of the patient.
  • Establishing rapport with the patient and loved ones to decrease their state of anxiety and meet their emotional as well as physical needs.
  • Recording and communicating data to the designated medical command authority.
  • Initiating and continuing emergency care to the Basic Life Support and/or Advanced Life Support level as required by the written standards established by the project medical director and under direction of approved physicians.
  • Directing the maintenance and preparation of emergency care equipment and supplies.

Course Offerings – Janesville (WI) & Rockford (IL)

Janesville (September 2020 – August 2021)

The Janesville Paramedic program meets the requirements for education of paramedics as recommended by the U.S. Department of Transportation and required by the State of Wisconsin DHS 110.

Students must be 18 years old, a high school graduate (GED accepted) and must hold a valid license as an EMT or higher issued by the State of Wisconsin. We have no district or residency requirements. In addition, the student must provide one year of documented experience as an EMT-Basic (preferred).

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: June 1, 2020.

Janesville Paramedic Program Resources

  1. 2021 Technical Standards

  2. Fall 2020-Class 2021-33- Paramedic Program  –  Application Packet  –  Janesville Course

  3. Fall 2020-Class 2021-33- Paramedic Program – Course Catalog  – Janesville Course

Rockford (September 2019 – July 2020)

The Rockford Paramedic program meets the requirements for education of paramedics as recommended by the U.S. Department of Transportation and has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health as a provider course and for all EMT levels on an hour-for-hour CEU basis.

Admission Requirements

  • Current Illinois EMT-B certification
  •  Current Healthcare Provider BCLS card
  • High school diploma or GED
  • 18 years of age
  • No legal or QA/QI issues with IDPH
  • Passing the application process*

Applications Deadline: June 5, 2019.

Rockford Paramedic Program Resources

  1. 2019 Technical Standards
  2. Fall 2019 Paramedic Program  –  Application Packet
  3. Fall 2019 Paramedic Program – Course Catalog

Paramedic Program Outcomes:

Janesville Paramedic Program (2018)

  • NREMT Written Pass Rate: 83.3%
  • Cohort Retention:  100%
  • Positive Job Placement: 83.3%

Rockford Paramedic Program (2017)

  • NREMT Written Pass Rate: 92%
  • Cohort Retention:  71%
  • Positive Job Placement: 100%

No graduates during the 2018 Reporting Year. 

Accreditation Status

Mercyhealth (Janesville, WI)

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professionals (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professionals
8301 Lakeview Pkwy., Ste. 111-312
Rowlett, TX  75088
(214) 703-8445

Mercyhealth (Rockford, IL)

“The Rock River Regional n/k/a Mercyhealth Prehospital and Emergency Services  Paramedic Program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP Executive Office).  This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation.  Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s).  However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.”

To contact CoAEMSP Executive Office:

8301 Lakeview Pkwy., Ste. 111-312
Rowlett, TX  75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX 214-703-8992

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