Paramedic Accreditation

"The Peoria Area EMS/ St. Francis Medical Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). 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 National Registry's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation."

To contact the CoAEMSP:

214-703-8445 | www.coaemsp.org

In order to qualify for the Paramedic program the student must:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older
  2. Not have a felony record
  3. Agree to complete a background check and drug screen within the first 30 days of the course
  4. Have a minimum of 1 year field experience (1500+ hours) as an EMT or higher licensure
  5. Have a current and in good standing EMT or higher license along with a current CPR card

Transfer of credits earned through another Paramedic course, experiential learning, and/ or advanced placement of students previously enrolled in another program who did not complete that course and wish to transfer into a PAEMS program will be at the discretion of the EMS Medical Director.

Locate the Program Director for Paramedic Program Questions

Peoria Area EMS OSF St. Francis Medical Paramedic Program utilizes a module format. 

The course is divided into 10 Modules as to separate similar information.  The student must satisfactorily complete all Modules.  Below are a list of the individual modules:
  • Paramedic 100- Anatomy and Physiology- 5 weeks
  • Paramedic 110- Basic Competency Skills- 2 weeks
  • Paramedic 200- EMS Systems- 5 weeks
  • Paramedic 201- Paramedic Foundations- 4 weeks
  • Paramedic 202- Airway Management and Respiratory Emergencies- 2 weeks
  • Paramedic 203- Medical Emergencies- 7 weeks
  • Paramedic 204- Special Populations- 8 weeks
  • Paramedic 205- Trauma Emergencies- 8 weeks
  • Paramedic 300- Hospital Clinical and Field Internship- Approximately 476 hours
  • Paramedic 400- Capstone Field Internship- Approximately 86 hours

The definition of satisfactorily completing a Module is maintaining >80% grades, including all summative and formative exams, quizzes, assignments, and master all CoAEMSP required skills.  The student must score >80% on all summative exams.  Each module is 1 credit and the student must attain all 10 credits to complete this course. Upon completion of all required course work and approval from the medical director the student may then be eligible to sit for the NREMT Paramedic exam.

Specific Policies for the Paramedic Student

Student Handbook (PDF) 

Paramedic Program with Outcomes

CAAHEP-accredited Paramedic educational programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Paramedic educational programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2022.

Outcome 2022 2021 2020
 Retention 87.5% 77.8% There was no cohort for this year
 NREMT or State
 cognitive exam
100% of those who challenged the exam passed on their 1st attempt 85.7%  
 Placement 86% of this cohort is actively placed as a paramedic 85.7%  

There were 7 graduates during the 2022 reporting year.