Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide extensive pre-hospital care through the Paramedicine program at Frontier Community College. Paramedics are responsible for responding to emergency calls, performing medical services, and transporting patients to a medical facility if needed.  Additionally, paramedics may also administer medications, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs), and use monitors and equipment.

Graduates of the Paramedicine degree program will have the knowledge, attitude, skills, habits, and hands-on experience needed to perform pre-hospital advanced life support as they respond to medical and traumatic emergencies under direct medical control.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for paramedics is expected to grow by 7% through 2028, which is faster than other occupations.  In 2018, the median annual wage was $34,320 per year.


The performance of advanced cardiac life support, pre-hospital trauma life support, pediatric advanced life support, and neonatal advanced life support procedures are stressed through the curriculum.  Specifically, graduates will be able to:

  • Accurately assess a patient's condition
  • Operate a cardiac monitor
  • Interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs)
  • Perform endotracheal intubation
  • Initiate intravenous solutions
  • Administer medicines

This program follows the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  and fulfills the prescribed requirements that are currently approved by the EMT‐P practice by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).


The Paramedicine program also offers three certificates to interested individuals:

  • Paramedic 
  • EMT 
  • Emergency Medical Responder 

EMTs and EMRs are trained to provide basic life-saving care using minimal equipment while waiting on further help to arrive.  All certificates also provide the knowledge and skills to meet standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

Our students really excel, as evidenced by Licensure Pass Rates for the EMT and EMR programs.


For more information about the Paramedicine program, contact Leslie Boles, Director of Paramedicine, at or 618-847-9163.