Degrees & Certificates

Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Emergency Medical Tech-Basic

Certificate of Achievement

Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic

Certificate of Achievement


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.

The Health Professions and Public Service office can provide further guidance and information. Please contact (630) 870-3900 or

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.

For more information about each program option and which might be best for you, view the current EMT-Basic Student Handbook and EMT-Paramedic Student Handbook.

Program Admission, Recognition and Outcomes

Program Admission

Students looking to enter the EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic Programs need to meet certain admission requirements. 

Program Admission - EMT Basic

Program Admission - EMT Paramedic

Program Recognition

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
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992

Program Outcomes

Waubonsee's pass rate on the State of Illinois Paramedic Licensure Examination for the 2021 cohort was 100%.

The Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Program at Waubonsee has a retention rate of 86% for the 2021 cohort of students.

Waubonsee's job placement rate for the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic for the 2021 cohort is 74%

Meet Your Faculty


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Costs and Payments


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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.

Career Prospects

Interested in a career in Emergency Medical Technician? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.



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Student Achievement Data

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Professional licensure and certification requirements

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. At this time, Waubonsee Community College cannot confirm if programs that lead to professional licensure or certification meet the prerequisites for professional licensure or certification outside the State of Illinois. Please consult the Licensure Requirements by State and Program table for a full list of states.