How can I become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)?
Anyone with a high school diploma or GED who is 18 years of age or older can register for an EMT course. The course prepares students to take the licensure examination of the Illinois Department of Public Health to become an EMT-B (Basic), and includes classroom instruction, practical demonstrations and testing, and clinical experience.
What is the difference between an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and a Paramedic?
Paramedics receive training and certification beyond the requirements for an EMT. EMTs complete 120 hours of classroom and clinical training to be licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health as an EMT-B (Basic). In order to be licensed as an EMT-P (Paramedic) individuals must complete an additional 950 hours of classroom and clinical training involving supervised experience in an ambulance, patient care experience, and basic and advanced life support protocols.
The next paramedic class starts in August 2013 and runs thru 2014. Class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm - 10pm. Please contact the EMS Office at 847.990.5523 for additional information.
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