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 is a career they would truly like to pursue, or another healthcare profession. 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. The EMT 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 2012, Occupational Outlook Handbook, job openings in these careers are expected to grow by as much as 33 percent between 2010 & 2020. For more information on career outlook and salary information for EMTs, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
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.
Health Requirements: EMT Health Requirements are NOT required prior to Registration but MUST BE COMPLETED by MIDTERM of the semester. Remember that the final TB read and Drug Screen must be done as follows:
- For Spring 2015 Registration, begin 12/23/14 or later.
- For Summer 2015 Registration, begin 3/24/15 or later.
Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.
EMT/Nursing Joint Pediatric Emergency Simulation
College of DuPage EMT and Nursing classes hosted a pediatric emergency simulation that involved a child "falling," with EMT students providing on-the-scene first-responder assessment and Nursing students following with emergency room treatment.
Students from six College of DuPage Health Sciences programs practiced their skills as they responded to a domestic violence simulation that was held on campus.
"The greatest lesson I took away from the program is the importance of the ethical rules that we discussed in every class. Varying degrees of ethical situations arise every day. It is important to know that you are not stepping over any ethical line. I also would advise that current students act like every day is a job interview and conduct themselves in a professional manner."Read Faculty Spotlight
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