EMT Program in Illinois

The students of EMT training program in Illinois learn to take necessary care of the patients, in cases of medical or disastrous trauma. In order to work as an Emergency Medical Technician, a student needs to take up a state-approved program in Illinois. The various levels of EMT program in Illinois are:

Eligibility Criteria

  • To pursue EMT program in Illinois, a student should be at least 18 years of age.
  • He/she should own a valid driving license.
  • He/she must maintain a current CPR or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certification throughout the program that is provided by the any of the healthcare providers.
  • A tenth-grade level or high school certificate is a must to be submitted by the student. Sometimes, even scores of ACCUPLACER or COMPASS exams are also necessary to be provided.
  • Vaccination proof of measles, rubella, mumps, tetanus, chickenpox, hepatitis B, diphtheria and pertussis is compulsory to submit.
  • A negative report of a flu shot, tuberculosis, and a chest examination, done within 12 months, should be submitted by the student applying for EMT program.
  • He/she should also undergo a drug examination and the criminal background check.


  • EMS systems
  • Human body
  • How to move and lift patients?
  • Measurement of vital signs
  • Legal and ethical issues of EMS
  • Pharmacology
  • Emergencies of respiratory, poison/overdose cardiac, diabetic, gynaecology and obstetrics
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Oxygen techniques and airway management
  • Bleeding and shock management
  • Pediatric emergencies
  • Injuries of spine, head, neck, and chest
  • Soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Care of aged patients
  • Handling several patients simultaneously

Duration and Fees

The in-state fees of a basic, as well as paramedic level EMT program in Illinois, vary from college to college, and therefore, it ranges in between $5,000 to $10,000.

The duration of EMT-basic program in Illinois is around 120 hours. It will take about 950 hours, including theory and practical, to complete a paramedic level of the program.

State-Approved EMT Program Centers

  • College of DuPage
    Address: 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, Illinois- 60137
    Contact Number: (630) 942-2800
    Official Website: http://www.cod.edu/
  • College of Lake County
    Address: 19351 West Washington Street, Grayslake, Illinois- 60030-1198
    Contact Number: (847) 543-2000
    Official Website: http://www.clcillinois.edu/

  • Illinois Central College
    Address: 1 College Drive, East Peoria, Illinois- 61635-0001
    Contact Number: (309) 694-5422
    Official Website: http://www.icc.edu/
  • Joliet Junior College
    Address: 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, Illinois- 60431-8938
    Contact Number: (815) 729-9020
    Official Website: http://www.jjc.edu
  • Moraine Valley Community College
    Address: 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, Illinois- 60465-2478
    Contact Number: (708) 974-4300
    Official Website: http://www.morainevalley.edu/
  • Southwestern Illinois College
    Address: 2500 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville, Illinois- 62221
    Contact Number: 618-235-2700
    Official Website: http://www.swic.edu/
  • Triton College
    Address: 2000 Fifth Avenue, River Grove, Illinois- 60171
    Contact Number: (708) 456-0300
    Official Website: http://www.triton.edu/
  • Waubonsee Community College
    Address: Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, Illinois- 60554-9454
    Contact Number: (630) 466-7900
    Official Website: http://www.waubonsee.edu/
  • Loyola University
    Address: 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois- 60660
    Contact Number: 773-274-3000
    Official Websitehttp://www.luc.edu/


For any other query or information on EMT program in Illinois, you may contact:

Division of EMS & Highway Safety, Department of Public Health
525 West Jefferson Street,
Springfield, Illinois- 62761
Contact Number: (217) 785-2080

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