Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
Major Code: 402A

Certificate of Achievement

This certificate program prepares individuals for employment as primary medical responders or as ambulance personnel. Those receiving the certificate are prepared to take either the state licensure examination, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, through the Illinois Department of Public Health or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Examination for employment as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B). Additional education and experience offer the EMT-B certificate-holder an opportunity for employment in a variety of occupations, including EMT-Intermediate and Advanced.

Students are eligible to take the state exam after successful completion of this certificate program.The State of Illinois requires that individuals possess a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age prior to certification testing. This course is also required as part of the Fire Science Technology Associate in Applied Science degree program.

Students interested in taking this certificate program must have a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification. Proof of up-to-date immunizations and 2-step tuberculosis testing is required prior to emergency room experience. Students are also required to lift a 150 lbs. with partner.

Course Requirements9

  • EMT120 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic +9

Program Total9

Program Notes

+ Program admission required for enrollment.

Major course shown in color requires minimum grade of C.

Procedure for Entering the Emergency Medical Technician Program

Contact Learning Assessment and Testing Services (see directory) for details. Acceptance into the program is based on assessment results with documentation of reading skills at a 10th grade level.

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and regular fees, the emergency medical technician student has the following minimum fees and expenses: textbook, 165; CPR/BLS Certification, $45; IDPH Examination fee, $20; stethoscope, $15; EMT Uniform Shirt, $20; immunizations/TB testing, per healthcare provider.

Total Estimated Costs (excluding medical requirements): $265.

Note: These fees and expenses are approximate costs and subject to change without prior notice to the student.