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Emergency Medical Technician

College of DuPage offers an Emergency Medical Technician certificate program each semester. Students interested in completing this ten-credit-hour course are encouraged to enroll early, as the classes fill up quickly. See certificate requirements below.

Completing EMT training is a first step toward becoming a paramedic and is also a great way for students to decide whether this or another healthcare profession is a career they would truly like to pursue. Many College of DuPage EMT students have become Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nuclear Medical Technicians, Radiology Technicians, and even Doctors. Emergency medical technicians are trained in basic emergency skills, rescue techniques, assessment of illness and the handling of hazardous materials. An EMT is trained to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction and has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manage respiratory, cardiac and trauma emergencies.

Most fire departments prefer hiring candidates who have already met state certification requirements for firefighter, and licensing requirements for emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic. Emergency medical technicians work for fire departments, ambulance services and hospital emergency units. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015, Occupational Outlook Handbook, job openings in these careers are expected to grow by as much as 24 percent between 2014 & 2024. For more information on career outlook and salary information for EMTs, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

COD Emergency Medical Services Overview 

PLEASE NOTE: Enrollment for EMT Registration is limited, is on a first-come/first-serve basis, and classes will not be overloaded. Please monitor myACCESS class schedule for availability prior to beginning the registration process. 

Program Contact Information

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