There are paramedic training programs all over the state of Illinois which specialize in teaching how to treat injuries or other medical emergencies for transport and stabilization to more central care centers. These training courses are regulated by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which is also in charge of all emergency medical technicians and paramedics. EMTs and Paramedics across the state are comprised of a number of paid and volunteer positions.

There are three levels of emergency medical technician / paramedic in Illinois. In order to become a full paramedic, one must have already been approved as an EMT B (basic) or EMT I. Illinois is unusual in that it does not require passage of the NREMT (national registry of emergency medical technicians) exam, rather, one must pass a special state mandated and developed practical exam. The practical will test your expertise in field medicine. In addition to this exam, individuals must also pass a written exam.

The Illinois Department of Public Health can be reached at:

Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977
Fax 217-782-3987
TTY 800-547-0466