EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Dual Credit: Waiting Approval
Certification: CPR, EMT-B (Must maintain 80 percent in course work and pass the state test)
Note: Must pass a 10-panel drug test
Emergency Medical Technology courses place a special emphasis on the knowledge and skills needed in medical emergencies. Topics typically include clearing airway obstructions, controlling bleeding, bandaging, methods for lifting and transporting injured persons, simple spinal immobilization, infection control, stabilizing fractures, and responding to cardiac arrest. The courses should also cover the legal and ethical responsibilities involved in dealing with medical emergencies. The Illinois Department of Public Health approves EMT training programs in the State of Illinois. Approved programs must meet or exceed the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards for the Emergency Medical Technician and meet all other applicable requirements contained in 77 Illinois Administrative Code Part 515. To become licensed as an EMT-B in the State of Illinois or nationally certified, the student must be 18 years of age, complete a state-approved EMT program, have a current CPR-BLS for "Healthcare Provider" or equivalent credential, and pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examination (required for national certification) or the Illinois Department of Public Health's EMT-B examination.