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Paramedic Program

The Morris Hospital Paramedic Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and is eligible for college credit.

Those who successfully complete the Morris Hospital Paramedic Program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and 30.5 credit hours from Joliet Junior College. Graduates will be eligible to take the IDPH State Exam and/or the National Registry Paramedic Exam.

The program is sponsored by Morris Hospital in partnership with Joliet Junior College and is administered by the Morris Hospital EMS System.


To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.


Morris Hospital Accreditation:

Morris Hospital is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP).

Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) is authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey all hospitals for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation and Coverage.

Paramedic Program Accreditation:

The Morris Hospital Paramedic Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350

8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Phone: 214-703-8445
Fax: 214-703-8992


The following is required to be eligible to apply for the Paramedic Education Program:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a current Illinois EMT license AND a current AHA Healthcare Provider CPR card
  • No history of a felony conviction or any disqualifying misdemeanors
  • Ability to meet the technical performance standards of:
    • Auditory – hear a blood pressure, lung sounds and verbal information without reading lips
    • Motor – lift, carry and balance with 1 partner a patient of 150 pounds
    • Visual – 20/30 vision in 1 eye with color discrimination of red, amber and green and interpret diagnostic information, such as ECG’s, graphs and charts
    • Somatic/Psychomotor – sensation for pressure, temperature and pain and agility to perform psychomotor skills
    • Social/Affective – ability to use good judgment in stressful situations
    • Cognitive – ability to classify, measure, analyze and critically think in a timely manner
  • Documentation of current health insurance
  • Must have high school diploma/GED


2023-24 Paramedic Application

Any questions, please contact Ed Ludwig at


Discrimination Policy

The Morris Hospital Paramedic Program adheres to Title VI, Title IX, ADA and Section 504; thus does not discriminate in educational and employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, disability or handicap.

Advanced Placement Policy

The Morris Hospital Paramedic Program does not offer or accept advanced placement into the program.

Experiential Learning Policy

The Morris Hospital Paramedic Program does not offer or accept any experiential learning for advanced placement into the program.


Medical Director: Dr. Sean Atchison, D.O.

Program Director: Kathy Geiger, MSN, RN

Lead Instructor: Lt. Edward Ludwig, PM, CCEMTP, LI

EMS Educator: Marie Passafiume, FF/EMT-Paramedic, LI


To contact the Paramedic Program, send an email to or call 815-705-EMTP (3687).