Students interested in becoming an EMT in Illinois will need to complete a state approved EMT training program. While program requirements vary from school to school, here are a few general prerequisites:
Each school and program has its own list of prerequisites for their EMT (formerly EMT-Basic) course, although the general requirements nationally are as follows:
· EMT students in IL must be 18 years old or older. They also must be able to show proof of a high school diploma or a GED.
· Must have a valid driver’s license.
· Must be able to read at a 10th grade level or higher. Prospective students are sometimes asked to provide placement scores (from tests such as ASSET or COMPASS or ACCUPLACER, which test one’s academic skills in English, math, and reading).
· Must submit proof of having a American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR card. Students must maintain their CPR certification for the duration of the EMT course.
· EMT students will need to show proof of the following vaccinations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination/Illness, Hepatitis B Vaccination Series, and Tuberculosis Testing. You will likely also need the Tdap vaccine to protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Petrussis; Chicken Pox (vaccinated 2 shot series or positive titer); a negative Chest X-ray (within the last 12 months) and a Flu shot (within the last 12 months).
· Must undergo a drug test and submit to a criminal background check.
EMT Courses in Illinois
During an EMT course in Illinois, students will learn the necessary skills to provide prehospital emergency medical care at a basic life support level. Once the course is successfully completed, students will be able to recognize the significance of a patient’s injury and assess the requirement needed for emergency medical care.
Students will also learn to administer proper emergency medical care based on a patient’s condition, as well as lift, position, or move a patient to limit pain and prevent additional injury.
Schools and Programs
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their healthcare programs:
· Advocate Christ Medical Center – Oak Lawn, IL
· Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital – Downers Grove, IL
· Black Hawk College – Moline, IL
· Blessing Hospital – Quincy, IL
· City Colleges of Chicago – Malcolm X College – Chicago, IL
· Edward Hospital – Naperville, IL
· Illinois Central College – East Peoria, IL
· Loyola University Medical Center – Maywood, IL
· Swedish American Hospital – Rockford, IL
· Vista Health System – Waukegan, IL
EMT Classes in Illinois
An EMT student who has successfully completed an EMT course IL should have a thorough understanding of the following:
· The Human Body
· EMT-Basic Pharmacology
· Respiratory and Cardiac Emergencies
· Emergency Childbirth/Pediatric Emergencies
· Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues in EMS
· Bleeding and Shock Management
· Environmental and Behavioral Emergencies
· Epinephrine Auto-Injector
· Trauma Patient Assessment
· Airway Management
· Obstetrics and Gynecological Emergencies
· Soft Tissue Injuries
· Musculoskeletal Injuries
· Head, Neck and Spine Injuries
· Vital Signs
· Infants, Children, Adolescents and Old Patients
· Lifting and Moving Patients
· Diabetic Emergencies
EMT Certification in Illinois
Once you have successfully completed your EMT-Basic course, you will then be able to apply for national certification by taking the NREMT exams. National EMT certification requires students to successfully complete both a cognitive (computer adaptive test) and psychomotor exam (skills test).
The NREMT-B practical exam is a state approved exam and will be given through state recognized EMT training programs. If you have any questions about EMT testing in Illinois, contact:
Division of EMS & Highway Safety, Department of Public Health
525 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62761
When you become a nationally registered EMT, you can then apply to the state of Illinois for licensure. For more information, contact:
EMT Salary in Illinois
To read more about EMT salary in Illinois, along with the annual income of paramedics and flight paramedics, be sure to visit our article entitled Paramedic Salary in Illinois.