Emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic
What do Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics do?
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics assess the urgent medical needs of a patient and stabilize their condition until doctors can administer more specific and extensive treatment. When transporting a patient in an ambulance, one EMT or paramedic may drive the ambulance while another monitors the patient’s vital signs and gives additional care. They are able to use life-saving medications and equipment.
As an Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic you will:
Training & Educational Opportunities
EMTs and paramedics must obtain an Illinois EMT license. To become licensed, you need to take either the State of Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) State Licensing exam or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Certification exam. A state test is also required, as is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
- College of DuPage
- Elgin Community College
- Harper College
- Joliet Junior College
- Triton College
- Waubonsee Community College
Types of Employers
- Air and ground ambulance services
- Government agencies
- Medical services companies
After earning your certificate or degree as an EMT or paramedic, you will have many opportunities for advancement. Some opportunities include:
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- Paramedic Operations Coordinator
- Physician Assistant
- Registered Nurse