Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Credit

Oakton College's Fire Science Department awards credit for college-level learning accomplished while working as an EMT.

Credit for National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Certification

In efforts to recognize quality training and to encourage continued education pursuits, the Fire Science Department is offering credit (8 credit hours) for FIR220 - Emergency Medical Technician course upon receiving documented evidence of:

  • A current National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician licensure and;
  • A score of 80% in the training program where the students prepared for the exam and;
  • Enrollment in the AAS program in Fire Science Technology (0180) or the Fire Science Technology
    Certificate (0181).

EMT Training

Students must submit a transcript from their training center and show evidence of achieving 80% in the
final examination in order to receive the credit. Scores below 80% are not eligible for credit via prior
learning assessment. Please note that acceptance of this credit will not result in an Emergency Medical
Technician Certificate; the awarding of the credit will be applied toward either a Fire Science Technology Certificate or the AAS Fire Science Technology Program.

How to Obtain Credit

Step 1:

Step 2:

  • After applying and enrolling in the Fire Science AAS degree program or the Fire
    Technology Certificate program, AND you are enrolled in classes, complete this request
    for credit: Prior Learning Assessment Credit for Professional Training form. 
  • Submit a copy of your Current National Registry EMT license (card) OR You may also submit copies of your current EMS Licensing documentation, which is available
    at the Illinois Department of Public Health EMS Licensing System.

Step 3:

  • Order a transcript or official report of final grades from the training center where you trained and have them sent (directly from training institution) to the Fire Science Chair (skimura@oakton.edu). They can also be sent to:

    Oakton Community College
    c/o Spencer Kimura, Chair of Fire Science Dept
    7701 N. Lincoln Ave, Office P253
    Skokie, IL 60077

The Fire Science Chair will review the transcript/report to confirm that a cumulative score of 80% in their training program was attained in order to receive the credit.

Step 4:

  • Submit the following to the Fire Science Chair (skimura@oakton.edu):
    • Prior Learning Assessment Credit for Professional Training form (Step 2A)
    • Copy of your Current National Registry EMT license/card (Step 2B) OR a copy of your EMS Licensing documentation (Step 2B)
    • Copy of your transcripts illustrating a cumulative score of 80% in training
      program (Step 3C)

Make an appointment with an Academic Advisor


Spencer Kimura
Chair Fire Science Department