Which Illinois Schools Offer EMT Training & Certification Classes?

Learn about EMT training programs in Illinois. See school information and certification requirements, and get EMT salary and career info for the state of Illinois. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

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

  • Program Name: EMT-Basic Certificate
  • Program Length: One semester
  • Tuition: $97 per credit, in-district; $291 out of district; $388 out of state (as of 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Must have a current CPR license
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 8,500 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey, IL 62035
  • Phone: (618) 468-7000

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.

Southwestern Illinois College

  • Program Name: EMT Certificate
  • Program Length: One semester
  • Tuition: $1,078 program total (estimate, as of 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Must be 18 years old with a HS diploma or GED certificate
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 13,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL, 62221
  • Phone: (618) 235-2700

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.

Parkland College

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Services: Basic Certificate
  • Program Length: One semester
  • Tuition: $112 per credit, in district; $261 out of district; $444 out of state (as of 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Current CPR license
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 9,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL 61821
  • Phone: (217) 351-2200

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.

Joliet Junior College

  • Program Name: EMT-Basic Certificate
  • Program Length: One semester
  • Tuition: $107 per credit, in district; $263 out of district; $285 out of state (as of 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Must be at least 18 years old with a HS diploma or GED certificate and CPR license
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 15,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 1215 Houbolt Rd., Joliet, IL 60431
  • Phone: (815) 729-9020

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.


Illinois Paramedic Training Programs

Parkland College

  • Program Name: EMS-Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: One year, full-time
  • Tuition: $112 per credit, in district; $261 out of district; $444 out of state (as of 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Current EMT certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 9,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL 61821
  • Phone: (217) 351-2200

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.

Joliet Junior College

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: One year, full-time
  • Tuition: $107 per credit, in district; $263 out of district; $285 out of state (as of 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Current Illinois EMT-B and CPR licenses
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 15,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 1215 Houbolt Rd., Joliet, IL 60431
  • Phone: (815) 729-9020

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.


EMT Certification Requirements in Illinois

Illinois EMTs (including paramedics) must meet the same certification requirements as any others in the U.S. They have to complete training and education prior to passing the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). To be eligible to take the test, students must be 18 years old and complete their education within two years of sitting for the NREMT exam. Once an Illinois EMT becomes certified, he or she must obtain state licensing in order to be eligible to work in the career field. EMTs must also complete continuing education courses in order to maintain their licensing and certification.

Salary and Career Outlook for EMTs

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), EMTs and paramedics nationwide will see 33% growth between 2010 and 2020. While the BLS noted that the national annual average salary for the field was about $34,000 as of May 2011, EMTs and paramedics in Illinois make about $10,000 more than that on average per year.

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