EMT Training in Illinois with School Information

Research EMT training programs in Illinois, which currently has 35 schools offering programs. Read an overview of courses, tuition information and program options for these schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

There are several junior and city colleges that offer EMT (emergency medical technician) training in Illinois. Education options range from individual courses to certificate and associate's degree programs. Students learn through lectures, and they gain hands-on skills through supervised practicum experiences that take place in hospital emergency rooms. Daytime and evening classes are offered. The program types include but are not limited to:

  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • EMS First Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Course
  • Paramedic Courses
  • EMT-B Certificate
  • EMT Continuing Education Certificate

Career Requirements

Licensed basic emergency medical technicians in Illinois must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma and pass an EMT-B course which consists of 110 classroom hours and ten clinical hours. From there, the state licensure examination or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam must be passed. After earning basic certification, EMTs can enroll in a paramedic certificate or associate's degree program for the practical and classroom training necessary to qualify for EMT-P licensure. Below are the ten largest schools in Illinois that offer basic EMT training.


City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College

EMT-B training is obtainable in Chicago at City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College. The basic EMT certificate program is a single 8-credit-hour course, and EMT-B curriculum is also offered as a non-credit-bearing continuing education certificate program. Both classes go over how to assess the condition of a patient and how to issue proper medical care to them.

  • Programs Offered: EMT-B Certificate,
    EMT Continuing Education Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,070 (in-district)*
    $5,961 (in-state)*
    $7,498 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

College of DuPage

College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn allows students interested in EMT training to pick from the following program choices: paramedic certificate, Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services degree and EMT certificate. The EMT certificate program is 10 credits and students are educated on how to transport patients to the hospital, how to assess patients and how to treat patients. The associate's degree program requires 65 credits, including the same 4 paramedic classes found in the paramedic certificate program.

  • Programs Offered: Emergency Medical Technician Certificate,
    Paramedic Certificate,
    Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $4,352 (in-district)*
    $10,336 (in-state)*
    $12,576 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

College of Lake County

Students have the option of a basic emergency medical technician certificate, a paramedic certificate and an EMT associate's degree at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Featuring a total of 7 credit hours, the EMT certificate program goes over pre-hospital assessment and treatment as well as patient stabilizations. Students are educated on how to take care of ill and injured patients. The paramedic certificate program covers patient assessment, trauma emergencies, medical emergencies and special operations and considerations. The associate's degree program allows students to obtain a general education as well as complete the coursework found in the paramedic certificate programs.

  • Programs Offered: Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certificate,
    Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Certificate,
    Emergency Medical Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,136 (in-district)*
    $7,252 (in-state)*
    $9,590 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsize suburb

Harper College

Harper College in Palatine has programs for paramedic certificates, basic EMT certificate and associate's degrees in emergency medical technology. The EMT basic certificate program is a 7-credit-hour course of emergency medical technician training. This limited enrollment program meets the federal Department of Transportation's curriculum requirements. The Illinois Department of Public Health Division of EMS and Highway Safety has approved of the program. Students take this program at the Northwest Community Hospital. The associate's degree program here is a combination of the EMT basic certificate and the paramedic certificate programs.

  • Programs Offered: EMT-Basic Certificate,
    Paramedic Certificate,
    Emergency Medical Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,006 (in-district)*
    $9,186 (in-state)*
    $10,986 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

Illinois Central College

Students in East Peoria can pursue basic and intermediate EMT training courses and earn a certificate at Illinois Central College. The EMT basic option consists of several lecture courses and a practicum. The intermediate EMT courses here follow a similar format. The practicum portion of these EMT classes allows students to work in supervised experiences with local EMS agencies and emergency departments at hospitals.

  • Programs Offered: Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certificate,
    Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,195 (in-district)*
    $7,050 (in-state)*
    $7,050 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; fringe rural

Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College in Joliet offers an Associate in Applied Science degree program for emergency medical services majors. The first several core classes in this program lead to EMT-B certification, with the state licensing exam given on-site at the college. From there, paramedic students take 5 essential EMT-P classes. Students also can enroll in electives on emergency services, hazardous materials, vehicle machinery operations and first response.

  • Programs Offered: Emergency Medical Services Associate in Applied Science
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,210 (in-district)*
    $7,871 (in-state)*
    $8,543 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; fringe rural

Moraine Valley Community College

A paramedic certificate and emergency medical technician class are available in Palos Hills at Moraine Valley Community College. At least 60 clinical experience hours are acquired in the EMT class. These 60 hours are broken up into 24 hours in an ambulance, 4 hours with dispatch, 8 hours in obstetrics and 24 hours with an emergency room. For students looking to become paramedics, the certificate program offered here is 35 credit hours.

  • Programs Offered: Emergency Medical Technician Course,
    Paramedic Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,636 (in-district)*
    $8,256 (in-state)*
    $9,576 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

Southwestern Illinois College

Students can enroll in an emergency medical technician certificate program at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. In addition to these classes being offered at the main campus, students can take the EMS course at off-campus sites as well as at the Red Bud Campus and the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus. During the fall and spring, the EMS course follows a 16-week format and each course section holds roughly 20 students. Course options are offered in the summer as well.

  • Programs Offered: Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,922 (in-district)*
    $6,954 (in-state)*
    $10,370 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; fringe rural

Triton College

Triton College in River Grove is home to certificate and associate's degree programs for basic EMTs and EMS first responders. To complete the basic EMT program, students have to earn a B grade or better, while a C grade or higher is required in the first responder program. The EMT-B program meets all the necessary recommendations and guidelines from the state's department. In the first responder class, students are educated on bleeding control, oxygen therapy, splinting and airway management.

  • Programs Offered: Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certificate,
    Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Associate in Applied Science,
    EMS First Responder Certificate,
    EMS First Responder Associate in Applied Science
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,302 (in-district)*
    $8,042 (in-state)*
    $9,994 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

Waubonsee Community College

Paramedic and EMT-B classes can be found in Sugar Grove at Waubonsee Community College. These courses can be taken during the evenings, afternoons and mornings. In addition to the Sugar Grove campus, students can take EMT classes at the Plano campus. Simulated emergency situations occur during the basic EMT course, which allow students to play the role of the EMTs, the bystanders, the hospital personnel, the police officers and the victims. The basic EMT class is worth 9 semester hours.

  • Programs Offered: Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Course,
    Paramedic Courses
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,448 (in-district)*
    $6,727 (in-state)*
    $7,288 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; fringe rural

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting EMT Training Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College 2-year, public; large city EMT-B Certificate,
EMT Continuing Education Certificate
$3,070 (in-district)*
$5,961 (in-state)*
$7,498 (out-of-state)*
College of DuPage 2-year, public; large suburb Emergency Medical Technician Certificate,
Paramedic Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
$4,352 (in-district)*
$10,336 (in-state)*
$12,576 (out-of-state)*
College of Lake County 2-year, public; midsize suburb Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certificate,
Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Certificate,
Emergency Medical Technology Associate in Applied Science
$3,136 (in-district)*
$7,252 (in-state)*
$9,590 (out-of-state)*
Harper College 2-year, public; large suburb EMT-Basic Certificate,
Paramedic Certificate,
Emergency Medical Technology Associate in Applied Science
$3,006 (in-district)*
$9,186 (in-state)*
$10,986 (out-of-state)*
Illinois Central College 2-year, public; fringe rural Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certificate,
Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Certificate
$3,195 (in-district)*
$7,050 (in-state)*
$7,050 (out-of-state)*
Joliet Junior College 2-year, public; fringe rural Emergency Medical Services Associate in Applied Science $3,210 (in-district)*
$7,871 (in-state)*
$8,543 (out-of-state)*
Moraine Valley Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Emergency Medical Technician Course,
Paramedic Certificate
$3,636 (in-district)*
$8,256 (in-state)*
$9,576 (out-of-state)*
Southwestern Illinois College 2-year, public; fringe rural Emergency Medical Technician Certificate $2,922 (in-district)*
$6,954 (in-state)*
$10,370 (out-of-state)*
Triton College 2-year, public; large suburb Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certificate,
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Associate in Applied Science,
EMS First Responder Certificate,
EMS First Responder Associate in Applied Science
$3,302 (in-district)*
$8,042 (in-state)*
$9,994 (out-of-state)*
Waubonsee Community College 2-year, public; fringe rural Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Course,
Paramedic Courses
$2,448 (in-district)*
$6,727 (in-state)*
$7,288 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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