Which Illinois Schools Offer EMT Training & Certification Classes?

Learn about EMT training programs in Illinois. See school information, program prerequisites, and training options so that you an make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

EMTs have the chance to save lives every day. If you want to study to become an EMT in Illinois, you can choose between several community colleges that offer EMT-basic and EMT-paramedic training.

What You Need to Know

You could earn your EMT-Basic certificate in about one semester of work, and completing this training program prepares you for the require examination. A yearlong certificate could prepare you for EMT-paramedic work and the necessary examination.

Illinois EMT-Basic Training Programs

Lewis and Clark Community College

Lewis and Clark Community College (LCCC) offers an EMT-Basic program that contains five credit hours with four lab and three lecture hours. You learn about medical and trauma emergency situations, patient assessment and ethical concerns. You also study ambulance operations and hazardous materials. Graduates are able to sit for the national and state exams required to become an EMT-Basic.

  • Program Name: EMT-Basic Certificate
  • Program Length: One semester
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,072 per year for in-district students, $8,256 per year for in-state students, $10,848 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Must have a current CPR license
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 7,900 students (all undergraduate)

Southwestern Illinois College

Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) offers an emergency medical technician certificate program once every semester. This 16-week certificate program includes one 7-credit course with four hours of lectures and six hours of lab work. This means that there are about 10 hours of class time every week. The curriculum is balanced between traditional classroom work and clinical experiences. As a student, you can prepare to obtain certification through the NREMT. An 8-week summer EMT-B program is also offered by SWIC.

  • Program Name: EMT Certificate
  • Program Length: One semester
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,420 per year for in-district students, $12,120 per year for in-state students, $15,750 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Must be 18 years old with a HS diploma or GED certificate
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 10,500 students (all undergraduate)

Parkland College

Parkland's EMS program consists of five credit-hours in areas such as anatomy and physiology, pre-hospital training, EMS services and trauma situations. You have to be at least 18 in order to participate in the required clinical portion of training. When you pass, you're prepared to take state or NREMT exams. Parkland also offers two advanced paramedic programs.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Services: Basic Certificate
  • Program Length: One semester
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,945 per year for in-district students, $9,555 per year for in-state students, $14,355 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Current CPR license
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 8,400 students (all undergraduate)

Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College (JJC) offers an EMT-B training program that is three classes over 4.5 months. EMT-B courses include topics like airway management, pharmacology and cardiac emergency situations. Illnesses and injuries are also addressed. Upon completion, you're prepared to try for licensure by exam. If you wish to continue your training, Joliet also offers advanced EMS and paramedic training options.

  • Program Name: EMT-Basic Certificate
  • Program Length: One semester
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,450 per year for in-district students, $10,508 per year for in-state students, $11,187 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Must be at least 18 years old with a HS diploma or GED certificate and CPR license
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 15,800 students (all undergraduate)

Illinois Paramedic Training Programs

Parkland College

Parkland College offers a 12-month, 29-credit hour paramedic certificate program. The program is spread out over five semesters with five courses. Students endure field and clinical experiences where they learn to administer medication and provide a myriad of advanced life support techniques. This is a selective admission program for EMTs who have been working in the field for at least six months or 300 hours. The final course's clinical hours must be completed within six months of program completion. Parkland also offers an associate degree program for EMTs who would prefer to graduate with a degree.

  • Program Name: EMS-Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: One year, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,945 per year for in-district students, $9,555 per year for in-state students, $14,355 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Current EMT certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 8,400 students (all undergraduate)

Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College offers paramedic training for students with an EMT background. It spans 27.5 credit-hours over five semesters. Prospective enrollees must take an exam similar to the EMT-B test on their knowledge level. This program is available in the evening at two local hospitals. You must gain field experience with a local EMS department if they do not already have an affiliation in the area. A clinical and ambulance or field component is included in the program curriculum. The school also offers an associate degree program in emergency medical services spanning 68.5 credit-hours.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: One year, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,450 per year for in-district students, $10,508 per year for in-state students, $11,187 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Current Illinois EMT-B and CPR licenses
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 15,800 students (all undergraduate)

In summary, Lewis and Clark Community College, Southwestern Illinois College, Parkland College, and Joliet Junior College offer EMT-basic training programs, with the latter two colleges also offering EMT-paramedic training programs.

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