Degrees & Certificates
If you're passionate about caring for others and thrive on excitement, a career as an emergency medical technician brings them both together in a meaningful career.
You can thrive in this exciting, essential field with a certificate or associate degree from Waubonsee.
You'll use knowledge, composure and compassion every day in service to your community. And with its positive job outlook and promising earning potential, working as an EMT can be a career that makes an impact.
Studying Emergency Medical Technology at Waubonsee
Waubonsee's nationally accredited EMT programs encourages students to develop a superior level of emergency medical care through a curriculum led by a highly-trained team of instructors who are professionals in the field of emergency medicine. Didactic lectures, hands-on labs, and emergency room clinical observations provide students with simulated and real-word experience of the roles EMTs play as critical members of the healthcare community.
The EMT-Basic Certificate prepares students to take the Illinois State Licensing Exam or the National Registry Exam for state certification through the Illinois Department of Public Health. EMT-Basic has specific admission requirements.
After getting certified, and for those already certified as an EMT-B, Waubonsee offers EMT-Paramedic training through a collaboration with Southern Fox Valley Emergency Medical Services and Northwestern Medicine-Delnor Hospital. The 12-month EMT-Paramedic Program offers Certificate and AAS Degree options and has a special application process.
Program Admission, Recognition and Outcomes
Waubonsee Community College’s Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088
FAX (214) 703-8992
Waubonsee's pass rate on the State of Illinois Paramedic Licensure Examination for the 2020 cohort was 91%.
The Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Program at Waubonsee has a retention rate of 88% for the 2020 cohort of students.
Waubonsee's job placement rate for the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic for the 2020 cohort is 100%
Working in Emergency Medical Technology
People's lives depend on the quick reaction and expertise of emergency medical technicians. EMTs treat victims of auto accidents, heart attacks, drownings, gunshots, childbirth and more at the scene of the incident. Following strict guidelines, EMTs give appropriate emergency care and then transport the sick or injured to a medical facility. Specific responsibilities vary based on qualification and training, but consistently make a difference in people's lives.