Kankakee Community College Selects Air Methods Ascend to Complement Curriculum for Students in Paramedics Program


Air Methods Ascend program provides state-of-the-art online clinical education

KANKAKEE, IL, Sept. 18, 2023 – Air Methods, the nation’s leading air medical service provider, announced today that Kankakee Community College (KCC) has selected Air Methods Ascend’s online EMS Review program to integrate into the curriculum for students in the paramedic program.

            A two-year college, KCC serves the 130,000 residents of Community College District 520, which includes all of Kankakee and portions of Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Livingston and Will counties. Offered in partnership with Riverside Medical Center, KCC’s Paramedic Program prepares individuals to provide advanced life support in and out of the hospital setting to critically ill and injured persons. Students in this program are prepared through a combination of educational methods, including theory, instruction, demonstration, and practice of life-saving skills for simulated and real emergency situations.

Instruction is provided by physicians specializing in emergency medicine, registered nurses with advanced education in trauma management and paramedics. Now students will also benefit from instruction provided through Ascend’s online programs.

“Our priority is ensuring our students are equipped with the best education and training possible to succeed in the field,” said KCC Dean of Health Careers Chris Gibson. “Ascend’s online program is a great way to further augment the instruction students are already receiving at KCC and ensure they remain updated on the latest medical best practices to provide the best patient care.”

Ascend’s offerings of innovative online education programs include EMS Review for emergency medical responders seeking to advance their training, help improve emergent patient outcomes and meet their continuing education needs. Courses meet certification requirements for the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), and International Board of Specialty Certifications (IBSC).

Ascend’s in-person and online education programs provide access to world-class educators, state-of-the-art tools, and cutting-edge technologies to help pre-hospital and critical care clinicians build their knowledge, enabling them to operate at the top of their licensure and fulfill continuing education requirements. Education programs include advanced manikin-based simulation and virtual reality training that mirror real-world patient care scenarios, building life-saving skills and confidence.

“We are excited to partner with KCC and offer our online training program to their students,” said Dr. Stephanie Queen, Air Methods Senior Vice President of Clinical Services. “Our online EMS review programs will provide them with the latest clinical techniques and practices to provide the best possible care for their patients.” Learn more about the Ascend education program here.