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
Led by a highly-trained team of instructors, Waubonsee's nationally accredited EMT program encourages students to develop a superior level of emergency medial care. Curriculum simulates emergency situations, with students playing the roles of EMTs, victims, bystanders, police officers and hospital personnel. Students then get a dose of the real thing during their 20 hours of required emergency room observation.
Waubonsee graduates are prepared for required licensure exams and additional levels of certification.
- Those who obtain the EMT-B certificate will be ready to take either the Illinois State Licensing Exam or the National Registry Exam through the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- For advanced paramedic training, we partner with Northwestern Medicine's Delnor Hospital to offer the EMT-P associate degree.
Once you meet the admission requirements, Waubonsee makes it easy to complete the EMT program with flexible course schedules that accommodate students' busy schedules and open the door to this exciting, essential field.
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.
Program Admission, Recognition and Outcomes
Students looking to enter the EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic Programs need to meet certain admission requirements.
Waubonsee's EMT-P Program received national recognition from Advance CTE, a national nonprofit that represents state directors and leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult career technical education (CTE) programs across the U.S.
Waubonsee's pass rate on the State of Illinois Paramedic Licensure Examination for 2015-2017 was 98%, and positive job placement was 90% for that same timeframe.
The Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Program at Waubonsee has an average retention rate of 90% for the past three years, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.