How to Become an EMT in Illinois

By Amy Neighbors
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An Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) is a medical professional who responds quickly to medical emergencies. During an emergency, an EMT analyzes situations, provides care and keeps an emergency scene calm, especially in chaotic situations. The medical responsibilities of an EMT include giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), bandaging wounds and treating shock. Students in the state of Illinois looking to become EMTs must enroll in training programs.

Become an EMT

Obtain a set of transcripts from your high school or your GED records from the state of Illinois. All EMT programs require at least a high school diploma.

Research the EMT training programs offered in the state of Illinois. College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn, College of Lake County in Grayslake and Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville are currently the only three programs available for students. COD offers three program options including EMT Basic, EMT Level 2 Paramedic certification, as well as an Associate's degree in Emergency Medical Services. College of Lake County and Southwestern Illinois College have two program options for its students: EMT Basic and EMT Paramedic.

Complete the required courses for EMT certification at your school of choice. At the end of your coursework, you must pass the National Registry Exam for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Pass the Illinois EMT exam to receive license issuance. In order to apply for this test, you must have first passed the NREMT.

Apply for jobs as an EMT at local government agencies such as fire and rescue, hospitals and medical facilities. Once you have a job, continue your medical training in order to stay up-to-date on the latest medical information, as medicine progresses daily.

About the Author

Amy Neighbors is president and master trainer of Swing Athletics Golf Performance Fitness. She is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, SCW and NHE personal trainer, and ARC CPR. Neighbors holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois. She began writing for online publications while working on her master's degree in 2006.