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EMT Schools in Chicago with Program Overviews

The Chicago area has around 15 schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 30 miles of the city center, and make an informed education decision.

Chicago Schools with EMT Programs

There are numerous schools in the Chicago area that offer EMT training, usually as a course or a certificate program. This article looks at three schools within 35 minutes of downtown Chicago and at the programs they offer. There is also a table of information about each school, such as tuition, enrollment and the campus setting. At the end of the article is a listing of two other nearby schools that offer EMT training.

  • Students seeking an EMT school in Chicago might opt to attend City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College, which has a program that culminates in an EMT-Basic certificate. This school is a little more than three miles from downtown.
  • Moraine Valley Community College, about 16 miles from the city center, offers a paramedic certificate and an emergency medical services associate's degree program.
  • Approximately 22 miles from downtown Chicago, students can complete a certificate program for aspiring EMTs at the College of DuPage.

Comparison of Schools

This section contains a table that may be helpful to individuals who are deciding on a school for their EMT training. The table showcases facts that a student should know and displays them in a way that invites comparison.

City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College Moraine Valley Community College College of DuPage
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 6,713* 14,620* 26,165*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition (2017-2018) $3,506 for in-district; $8,126 for in-state; $11,906 for out-of-state* $4,266 for in-district; $9,426 for in-state; $10,956 for out-of-state* $4,050 for in-district; $9,660 for in-state; $11,760 for out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017) 83%* 56%* 72%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 60% full-time, 35% part-time* 69% full-time, 41% part-time* 74% full-time, 51% part-time*
Graduation Rate for Students Who Began in Fall 2014 15%* 27%* 23%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator

City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College

To be eligible for enrollment in the EMT program, students need a high school diploma or GED and must be 18 years old. They also need to be enrolled in or have passed English 101 or an emergency medical technician first responder class.

Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certificate

This single, 8-credit-hour course covers patient assessment and pre-hospital care measures through lectures, lab training and hospital clinical experiences. The program follows U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines.

Moraine Valley Community College

This college provides both a degree and certificate program in emergency medical services (EMS).

Emergency Medical Services EMT-P Paramedic Certificate

In this 2-semester, 35-credit-hour program, students with current state EMT licensure take a 3-part paramedic sequence and also complete a seminar and an internship. The internship involves 248 hours of service riding in an ambulance.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

The same paramedic sequence, seminar and internship taken in the Paramedic Certificate program are found in this 62-credit-hour program. Students also take courses in anatomy and physiology, composition, math for allied health and speech fundamentals. Electives include medical terminology, first aid and special topics in EMS.

College of DuPage

Health requirements for this program include a medical history, physical exam, current vaccination series, TB test and drug test.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

This is a single, 10-credit-hour course offered each semester. Students are trained in areas such as hazardous material handling and rescue techniques. EMT training teaches patient assessment, pre-hospital treatment, transportation and management skills for respiratory, cardiac and trauma emergencies.

Other School Options

Two other schools within about 26 miles of Chicago offer EMT training programs. Prairie State College offers a First Responder/EMT Certificate program, and it's located about 38 minutes from Chicago. At Harper College, students willing to drive just over half an hour can earn an EMT - Basic certificate.


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