Program Overview


Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certificate
Degree: Certificate
Plan 21EM

Emergency medical technicians provide emergency medical care for illness and injury at the site and enroute to the hospital. They provide pre-hospital and inter-hospital emergency medical services and medical transport services at the basic life support level. Graduates are employed primarily by ambulance services, and by fire and rescue departments. Graduates will understand the emergency services system, the responsibilities of emergency services personnel, as well as assessment, stabilization, and initial prehospital medical treatment of injured and ill patients. Completion of this certificate prepares students to take the licensing examination to become an EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic). Courses are offered at associated hospitals and fire/rescue departments in Lake County. Day and evening classes are available.

Recommended Plan of Study

First Semester

7 Credits





Emergency Medical Technician–Basic


Total Hours for Certificate


Note: All EMT classes are held at area hospitals or fire and rescue departments. Registration for EMT 111 classes can be self-enrolled with appropriate prerequisites. All other EMT class registration is processed directly through the individual site hosting the class. Space is limited and classes fill up quickly.

For more information, please contact one of the EMS coordinators listed below. For more information on recommended courses or program specific advising, contact department chair, Carol Wismer at (847) 543-2142, or the Biological and Health Sciences division at (847) 543-2042.

North Lake County EMS / VISTA Hospital
EMT-Basic (847) 360-2038 EMT-Paramedic Dave Chase (847) 360-2205

Advocate Condell Medical Center
EMT-Paramedic Brianna Flynn (847) 990-5319

Lake Forest Hospital Northwestern Medicine
EMT-Basic Gregory Fuchs (224) 271-4246 and EMT-Paramedic Autumn Talley (224) 271-5545

NorthShore University Health System/ Highland Park Hospital
EMT-Basic and EMT Paramedic Jill Maryann (847) 480-3981

Round Lake Fire Department
EMT-Basic (EMT Department permission) Battalion Chief, Anthony Carraro (847) 546-2134

Important Financial Aid Information - EMT A.A.S. as well as EMT-Basic and EMT Paramedic certificate programs are not eligible for Title IV aid. Only students who are eligible for benefits under the Illinois Veteran’s grant, Illinois National Guard, or MIA/POW or VA Federal Benefits may receive financial aid for these programs.