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13 Illinois EMT Training Programs
College of Dupage

The College of DuPage offers EMT programs that are accredited and follow the standards provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The EMT programs at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn are offered as day or evening classes. For those just beginning in the EMT field can join the EMT-Basic program. EMT professionals who have already received certification may continue their education and training in the EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic levels. As an EMT you will be trained in basic emergency skills, rescue techniques, assessment of illnesses and the handling of hazardous materials. The program at the College of DuPage will prepare you to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while the patient is being transported by ambulance to the hospital. With these great responsibilities, you will face a challenging, yet exciting and rewarding career.

So begin that career you have been hoping for by checking out the EMT program at the College of DuPage.

College of Lake County

Through the College of Lake County in Grayslake, you can begin EMT training at local hospitals or fire and rescue departments. These locations include Vista Medical Center West, Grayslake Fire Protection District, Advocate Condell Medical Center, and North Shore University Health System. These locations offer either EMT-Basic, EMT-Paramedic or both programs.

These programs are processed and must be registered for directly through the individual site. As these classes fill up quickly, future students must check into the program and register as quick as possible. These EMT programs are not eligible for financial aid as well.

Through the program you can obtain your EMT-Basic, EMT-Paramedic, or AAS Certificates or Degrees. Upon successful completion of these courses, students will be prepared to sit for state and national certification examinations from their perspective courses. They will then be prepared to work in hospital, ambulance, fire, police, and rescue squad departments.

Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College works in partnership with Sherman Hospital and Provena St. Joseph Hospital for their EMT-Paramedic program.

As a part of this EMT program you will be prepared to work in emergency situations, including direct patient care on emergency vehicles. This program prepares individuals to take the EMT-Paramedic state and national licensure exams. Upon completion of the EMT program, graduates can make one of two choices. Those who want to go on to immediate employment may receive the Basic Vocational Certificate. Individuals who desire higher training, more education, and greater professional responsibilities may transfer their credits to a 4 year University to obtain their AAS degree.

For those of you living in the Elgin area of Illinois, this 28.5 credit hour program may be the educational and training experience you have been looking for to becoming an EMT.

Harper College

In the Palatine area of Illinois, individuals can gain training and an educational background at the EMT program of Harper College.

This EMT program will prepare students to begin their career at the EMT-Basic or the EMT-Paramedic levels. Classes in anatomy, medical terminology, and physiology are taught through the program as well as students will develop their skills through internships at hospitals and on the field. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be prepared to sit for the state and national exams for certification and successfully begin their EMT careers. Students who wish to gain an associate degree may also continue their education through the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services degree.

So whatever your professional goals are as an EMT, Harper College may be the place for you to begin or continue your training as an EMT.

Illinois Central College

In East Peonia, Illinois, individuals can gain EMT training through Illinois Central College by obtaining the Associate in Applied Science degree for Paramedics.

As a Paramedic, students will be trained to provide medical and trauma care to individuals experiencing emergency illnesses or injury in and out of a hospital setting. As a part of the AAS program, students will be trained through classroom settings, clinical experiences in local hospitals and clinics, and in field clinical experiences at local emergency medical services agencies. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will be eligible to gain state and national licensure and gain employment in places such as ambulance services, air medical services, hospitals, and fire departments.

Through Illinois Central College you can gain the training needed as an EMT to be well on your way to saving lives and serving your community.

Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College students can take either EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic courses through the Emergency Medical Services program.

EMT-Basic students will take part in a 4.5 month program that is offered in both the spring and fall semesters and offers morning, afternoon, or evening classes. Prerequisites for the EMT program require you to be at least 18, have a high school diploma or GED, a current CPR card, a “C” or better in English classes, and an Illinois State Police Criminal Background check. Upon successful completion of the course students will be eligible to take the licensing examination for the state of Illinois. The EMT-Paramedic program is held at Silver Cross Hospital and Morris Hospital and is a 12 month program. To begin this course you must have a current Illinois EMT-Basic license, be at least 18 years of age, and have a current CPR card.

So look into Joliet Junior College and see if it is the right fit for you to begin or continue your EMT training today to make you a great candidate for the EMT field!

Moraine Valley Community College

Moraine Valley Community College offers an EMT-Basic and Paramedic course. Located in Palos Hills of Illinois, this may be the program you have been looking for.

The EMT-Basic program enables students to gain the necessary skills to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with an ambulance service or other specialized service. Students will be trained through 60 hours in the clinical setting including 24 hours in the emergency room, 24 hours of ambulance riding time, 8 hours in obstetrics, and 4 hours in dispatch. EMT-Basic students may go on to take the 35 credit hour EMT-Paramedic program. Upon becoming an EMT-Paramedic, students will be able to meet licensure standards to function as an advanced life support provider. Upon successful completion of each course, students will be eligible for state and national certification at their respective levels.

SO put your career goals on further no longer, and look into Moraine Valley Community College to become either an EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic.

Oakton Community College

If you are an EMT in the Des Plaines or Skokie areas of Illinois and wish to gain further training and obtain your EMT-Paramedic certificate, Oakton Community College may be offering a program for you.

Oakton Community College offers an EMT-Paramedic program. This program is 30 credit hours and includes training in Fire Science Technology. Courses offered are EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic I-IV. The program works in partnership with St. Francis Hospital. Through the college and hospital you will gain adequate knowledge and experience to continue your career goals in the exciting, challenging, and rewarding field of emergency medical services as an EMT-Paramedic.

So if you are ready to take your career to the next level, consider joining the EMT-Paramedic program at Oakton Community College.

South Suburban College

South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois, offers an EMT-Paramedic program. By gaining your EMT-Paramedic certificate you will be trained at the highest level of pre-hospital emergency care and will be qualified to work in ambulance services, fire departments, and volunteer emergency care services.

South Suburban College partners with Ingalls Memorial Hospital in EMT training. To be accepted into this program you must be at least 18, have a high school diploma or GED, already have your EMT-Basic Illinois license, and have at least 6 months of work experience. The minimum credit hours required to obtain your EMT-Paramedic certificate is thirty-one hours. Courses for the program include EMS Foundations, Respiratory, Trauma, and Cardiovascular.

So if you are already an EMT and want to gain further education and training and advance your career, look into the EMT-Paramedic program at South Suburban College.

Southwestern Illinois College

Southwestern Illinois College offers advanced EMT programs conveniently located in three different areas of Illinois. At SWIC, you can continue your EMT training and gain either the EMT-Paramedic certificate or receive your Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology degree.

SWIC EMT students will gain training and instruction through classroom courses, labs, and experiential learning. Course credit is received through classes such as medical terminology, special rescues, biology, paramedic technology, and awareness of hazardous materials. For those who wish to gain their degree will take additional courses in psychology, human relations, public speaking, and composition.

So for those of you who have already begun your basic EMT training, already have a background in an EMT career, and wish to further both your education and professional goals, check out the advanced training programs at Southwestern Illinois College.

Trinity College

In Rockwood, Illinois, Trinity College offers four different EMT programs for those who are just wanting to begin their EMT career and for those who wish to gain further training.

At Trinity you can choose from the EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic or an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services. With all of these programs, students will be trained and prepared to provide medical care to those who suffer from emergency illness or injury outside of the hospital setting. Each level of the programs offers more in depth training and prepares students for greater professional responsibility. Each program requires different prerequisites, are different credit hours, and offer different types of training, so be sure to check with Trinity College that you get in the right program for you.

Whether you’re just now thinking about beginning your EMT career or have been an EMT for years, Trinity College offers a program that will benefit you at whatever stage you are in your career.

Vista Health System

Vista Health System, Lake County, Illinois, is the longest-running EMT training center in the county and teaches over 200 students each year.

Through Vista Health System, you can gain training and receive your state and national certificate as either an EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic. The EMT-Basic course is $800 and the National Registry Certification Examination can be taken for $70 upon successful completion of the course. The EMT-Paramedic program is $3,300. Students can choose this program as either an evening course or an accelerated course. The evening course is 2 days a week for 11 months. The accelerated course is 3 days a week, 27 hours a week in the classroom, and 20 hours a week spent in hospital clinic time. This course is completed in 4 months.

By joining the EMT program at Vista Health System you can either begin your EMT training or continue your EMT training to gain more professional responsibilities and have the career you’ve always hoped for.

Waubonsee Community College

For individuals who live in the Aurora, Plano, or Sugar Grove areas of Illinois and have hopes of becoming an EMT, Waubonsee Community College offers both an EMT-Basic and an EMT-Paramedic program.

At the EMT-Basic level, course content includes the care of individuals with various traumatic or emergency medical conditions. Students will also be trained in the use of medical equipment and materials. Those who are already have their EMT-Basic certificates and wish to gain further training can join the EMT-Paramedic program. This program includes in-class lectures, in-hospital clinical experience, a field clinical, and a paramedic internship. This further education prepares students to be competent professionals at the highest level of pre-hospital care.

So whether you are just now interested in beginning your EMT career, or wish to advance your career, Waubonsee Community College may be the place for you in one of its three locations.

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