Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician

Oakton's EMT class (FIR 220) is a one semester course based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's National EMS Education Standards and the NHTSA National EMS Scope of Practice Model for EMT instruction. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to take either the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) exam or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam. EMT licensure is required for those who wish to pursue paramedic training.

How many class sections are offered?
Fall (three sections)

  • Monday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday and Wednesday, 6 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 6 - 10:30 p.m.

Spring (three sections)

  • Tuesday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday and Wednesday, 6 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 6 - 10:30 p.m.

Summer (three sections; shorter term)

  • Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday - Thursday, 6 - 10:30 pm.

How much time do I need to devote to studying?
Plan for 2.5 - 4.5 hours of studying every day to be successful.

What can I do with an EMT license?
Emergency Medical Technicians work in a variety of workplaces from municipal fire departments, private ambulance companies, hospitals, health careers, and industrial settings.

To enroll into the Oakton EMT Program, applicants must meet the following requirements prior to the start of class:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Be able to read and comprehend at a college level;
  • Possess a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification course - Not required for Spring 2021 semester only
  • Pass a criminal background check and drug screen test.
  • Be cleared by Oakton Health Services for the clinical component of the EMT program.

EMT Program Requirements

Health Services Forms

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