How To Become A Paramedic In Illinois

How To Become A Paramedic In Illinois

Levels of EMT

First Responder Defibrillator (FRD)
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B)
Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I)
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P)
Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse (PHRN)-Analogous to EMT-P

National Registry State



  • At least 18 years old
  • High school diploma, GED, or Illinois state equivalency test
  • Must disclose any felonies
  • Disclose any past attempts at taking the National Registry Exam

Length of License

4 years

License Maintenance Requirements

EMTs at all licensure levels are required to obtain 120 hours of continuing education within a four year licensure period. It is also a requirement to maintain a current CPR card while actively licensed as an EMT.

Continuing Education Requirements by Level

Total Hours:
EMT-B: 120 hours
EMT-I: 120 hours
EMT-P: 120 hours

Regulating State Agency

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Emergency Medical Systems and Highway Safety
535 W. Jefferson St
Springfield, IL 62761
Phone: (217)782-4977

Scope of Practice

Illinois is a medical director driven state.


• Hold current American Heart Association Provider CPR card or equivalent
• Provide a letter from the EMS medical director indicating you are in good standing and up-to-date with continuing education hours if you currently participate in an EMS system under an EMS medical director. If you cannot obtain a letter of recommendation, you will need to request a waiver.
• If you have not functioned as an EMT of under the direction of an EMS medical director, include a letter stating you have never worked as an EMT or under and EMS medical director and request that the letter of recommendation be waived. If you are requesting a waiver, you will need to provide photocopies of all continuing education you have completed during your current license/certification.
• Complete child support declaration statement including your Social Security number, and driver’s license number.


20$ made payable to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Accredited Schools for 2013

  1. Loyola University Medical Centre – Maywood, IL

As of 08/08/2011


The total number of active licensees in Illinois is as follows:
• First Responder: 7,919
• First Responder Defibrillator: 11,383
• EMT-Basic: 22,952
• EMT-Intermediate: 959
• EMT-Paramedic: 13,850
• Pre-Hospital RN: 333

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