Emergency Medical Technician
College of DuPage offers an Emergency Medical Technician certificate program each semester. Students interested in completing this eight-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. 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, emergency medical technician and paramedic. Emergency medical technicians work for fire departments, ambulance services and hospital emergency units. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2006-2007 Occupational Outlook Handbook, job openings in these careers are expected to grow by as much as 27 percent by 2014. For more information on career outlook and salary information for EMTs, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
- Certificate Requirements, (PDF)
The Summer 2013 EMT Program is full at this time and is not accepting further applications.
Please check back here for the Fall 2013 Application Packet and updated Health Requirements
Packet. We hope to have both posted soon.
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.
"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