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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.

Fall 2020 EMT (Fire 2271) is Full and Closed

Fall 2020 EMT (Fire 2271) is Full and Closed.  No further EMT students are being accepted for Fall Term 2020 as of July 16, 2020.

Students who were unable to register for Fall EMT are encouraged to register for Fire 2283 Emergency Medical Responder, which will prepare them for Spring 2021 EMT training.

Spring 2021 EMT Registration opens November 12, 2020, with priority registration beginning as early as November 5, 2020. Check your MyAccess account to see if you qualify for early registration.

The Spring 2021 EMT Registration Packet will be posted on this webpage in mid-late September 2020.

Registration for EMT during COVID19 Campus Closure

When all the steps are completed and the registration form submitted, using only your COD student email (xxx@ dupage.edu) email the registration office (registration@cod.edu) or call and leave a message at (630) 942-2377 with your COD ID#, Course Number (Fire 2271) and Section # (HYBxx), and a registration representative will contact you to confirm enrollment and provide a balance due for payment.  Emails and voicemails are being monitored during normal business hours during the Covid-19 closure.  EMT class sections can be viewed on the MyAccess webpage under Search for Credit Classes.  You do not need to be logged in to view classes.  Enter the following search criteria to view Fall EMT sections.  Term: (the semester you are registering for)  Subject: Fire Science       Course #:  2271.  For information regarding registration dates for fall, please visit Registration

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. Contact the EMS/Fire Science Program Manager with questions at (630) 942-2107 or krakora@cod.edu.

Simulation Exercise

Paramedic students on street scene

Central DuPage Hospital, Edward Hospital and EMT and Nursing students recently participated in a mass casualty exercise to train first responders in how to respond to a large number of people injured in a single incident.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Program Contacts page for detailed information.