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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 Technologists, 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.

EMT Employment Opportunities Area Listing

Spring 2023 EMT (Fire 2271)

Download the Spring 2023 EMT Registration Packet  and thoroughly review to learn more about the program, pre-requisites, and registration steps.  Open registration begins November 2, 2022. 

Students who aren't sure they are ready for the rigor of EMT are encouraged to complete Fire 1183 Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) to prepare themselves for EMT. Contact EMS/Fire Science Program Manager with questions or for more information (630) 942-2107 or krakora@cod.edu.

Registration for EMT

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. 

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 the 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.

When all the steps outlined in the EMT Registration Packet are completed, including the background check (not just submitted, but actually completed), you may register through your MyAccess account.  You can also register by emailing (using only your COD student email: xxx@ dupage.edu) the registration office (registration@cod.edu) or calling registration (630) 942-2377. Be sure to include/have ready your COD ID#, Course Number (Fire 2271) and Section # (HYxxx), and a registration representative will complete your enrollment and provide a balance due for payment. Be sure to make payment or set up a payment plan on your MyAccess account immediately after registration or you will be dropped for non-payment. 

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.