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.
- Certificate Requirements
- COD Emergency Medical Services Overview
- EMT Employment Opportunities-area employer listing
Summer 2021 EMT (Fire 2271)
Due to an overwhelming response, the Summer 2021 EMT Program is not accepting any additional applicants. Those students unable to register for Summer are encouraged to register for the Fall 2021 program as soon as registration opens on May 5, 2021.
Fall 2021 EMT (Fire 2271)
The Fall 2021 EMT Registration Packet can be downloaded here. Open registration begins May 5, 2021 and is on a first come/first served basis. Early registration is available based on the number of completed credits with COD. Check your MyAccess account to see if you qualify for early registration.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 EMT sections. Term: (the semester you are registering for) Subject: Fire Science, Course #: 2271, then click submit at bottom of webpage for EMT sections to appear. For information regarding registration dates for Fall 2021, please visit Registration.
Enrollment for EMT Registration is limited, is on a first-come/first-serve basis, and classes will not be overloaded or seats reserved. 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 email@example.com.
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.