Illinois EMT Certification Programs
Colleges and universities in Illinois generally offer EMT training through certificate programs, preparing students for the national or state licensing exams required to become EMTs and paramedics. Learn about the levels of training, curricula and hands-on learning experiences at two Illinois schools. Also, check out the table at the conclusion of this article for more school facts.
- College of DuPage is located in Glen Ellyn, which is a suburb of Chicago. This school offers an EMT certificate and a paramedic certificate program. Students can continue with the EMS A.A.S. degree program.
- Moraine Valley Community College is set in Chicago's southwestern suburb of Palos Hills. A paramedic certificate program and an associate degree program are available at this school.
Comparison of Schools
After learning the differences between these two schools' programs, aspiring EMTs and paramedics can scan the table below for a comparison of the schools' statistics, such as tuition charges, graduation rates and enrollment figures.
|College of DuPage||Moraine Valley Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||26,165||14,620|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| $4,050 (in-district)
| $4,266 (in-district)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||72%||56%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||100% (open admissions)||100% (open admissions)|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||74% for full-time students||69% for full-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in 2014)*||23%||27%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
College of DuPage
Founded in 1967, the College of DuPage (COD) has become one of Illinois's largest higher education institutions, with almost 27,000 students enrolled each semester and a variety of educational offerings. COD offers a certificate programs for individuals interested in becoming EMT-Basic (EMT-B) and EMT-Paramedic (EMT-P) workers.
Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
COD's EMT program provides students with 10-credit hours of training in the assessment of injuries and illnesses and the initiation of appropriate emergency care. The curriculum for this certificate includes instruction in light and heavy rescue, ambulance driving, extrication and handling of injured or ill individuals requiring emergency care. Students in the program also receive cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Illinois State Emergency Medical Technicians-Basic exam to become licensed by the state.
Paramedic Certificate Program
The paramedic program at COD is a 32-credit program that requires completion of four paramedic courses covering topics like the use of manual defibrillators, IV administration, dealing with respiratory emergencies, electrocardiogram interpretation, applying airway procedures, administering drugs, performing endotracheal intubations and using supplies and equipment frequently used by paramedics. In addition to coursework, students spend clinical time in emergency departments and intensive care units. Applicants to the program must be certified EMT-B before admission. Upon successful completion of program requirements, students are eligible to take the Illinois State Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic exam.
A.A.S. Emergency Medical Services
Building on the EMT program is the EMS associate's degree program. This program includes 65 credit hours of training and lectures. Approximately 18-22 of these credits need to be general education courses to meet school requirements for graduation. These general education credits must include courses in the humanities, math, the physical/life sciences, communication and the social sciences.
Moraine Valley Community College
Located on a 300-acre campus in Palos Hills, Moraine Valley Community College offers over 100 certificate and degree programs. As part of its Health Science department, Moraine Valley Community College offers an emergency medical services program, which includes both a paramedic certificate and associate degree program.
Paramedic Certificate Program
This paramedic certificate program is a 35-credit hour program offered to students who are EMT-B certified and wish to expand their emergency medical training. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for paramedic licensing exams, including the Illinois State EMT-P test. Students in the program gain advanced life support training and advanced instruction in anatomy and physiology, physical and mental illness and disorders, basic pharmacology and other important emergency medical topics. An internship and internship seminar, which allows students to get hands-on paramedic experience and to discuss this experience with instructors and classmates, rounds out the program.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
This 62-credit program is for those who wish to become a paramedic while earning a degree. Though 19 credits are dedicated to general education requirements, 38 credits will focus on paramedic skills and include clinical training. Finally, the program is rounded out with five credits of electives related to health services, such as medical terminology or addiction studies.