Paramedic and EMT Class

This page contains information about the Silver Cross EMS System’s EMT and Paramedic Education Program.

The Silver Cross EMS System education programs, have resumed. The next scheduled paramedic program will begin in January 2022.  No EMT-B classes are scheduled for 2021.  Please check this website again in the fall of 2021 for application and program information for the January 2022 paramedic program.

Anyone looking to hold a class (EMT, EMD, CE, etc) must first request permission from their EMS System utilizing the IDPH form titled EMS TRAINING PROGRAM APPLICATION. Send the completed form to bbaudek@silvercross.org for review and submission to IDPH.  IDPH will award a “site code” if approved.

Silver Cross refers students seeking EMT courses to Joliet Junior College.

Recent graduates of the SCEMSS Paramedic program (that have not yet worked as a Paramedic) should contact their Paramedic Class Instructor for graduate letters of good standing, when needed to join another System for employment with one of those System’s departments. Remember graduates are not automatically in-System even if they’ve taken the SMO exam at the end of class. A graduate must obtain their paramedic license and follow a System entry process for whichever System they plan to work in.

Our Winter 2021 Paramedic Class began February 2021. FOR REFERENCE ONLY, you may view a sample copy of the application here:  2021 Winter Paramedic Education Program Application.

Our Winter 2020 Paramedic Class began January 6, 2020. Students have graduated and are completing testing with NR. Remember to visit the licensure page for licensing instructions once you’ve passed the NR exam.

Remember to follow your course instructions on registering for the National Registry exam upon completion of class. Once you’ve passed the National Registry exam, you then have to submit that to the System where you completed your Paramedic class in order to become licensed in Illinois. Once your Paramedic license is in hand, contact your EMS Coordinator at your department/agency for System Entry instructions as you are not automatically in the System upon graduation. Each System has a unique system entry process.

Our Paramedic program is structured to include the required educational components of Paramedic licensing examinations for both the State of Illinois and the National Registry of EMT’s.  Each paramedic course is structured into 2 increments of didactic and clinical for the first six months, then field time for the remaining time. Class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-1pm in our SCEMSS Education Center located on the Hospital’s grounds in New Lenox in a separate building called the Business Center just North of the ER. The SCEMSS Education Center Classroom address is 710 Cedar Crossings Drive, New Lenox, IL 60451. The first six months covers lectures, skill sessions, and practical assessments.  In addition to being in the classroom, students are expected to complete clinical rotations at various locations, which they may schedule independently.  Once the didactic and clinical components have been satisfied, the student will begin an approximate 4 month field internship working as a member of an EMS team in an ambulance setting, treating real patients under the preceptorship of a licensed and approved paramedic.  When the field internship is complete the student becomes eligible for licensure and may register for examination.

Silver Cross EMS Paramedic Education Program ~ Attend Lectures for CE 

You may attend our paramedic class lectures for Continuing Education hours.  Class times are 9am-1pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Email the Education Coordinator or Brian Baudek at bbaudek@silvercross.org for a current class schedule prior to attending. You will also need to PRINT THIS BLANK CE SHEET and bring with you for the Instructor to sign as verification of your attendance and CE hours.

Paramedic and EMT Class questions not addressed on this page: contact Brian Baudek, Education Coordinator at 815-300-2909 or bbaudek@silvercross.org