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EMT - Paramedic


Emergency medical technicians, also known as EMTs, provide one of the most vital services in the medical field. They provide emergency medical care during life-and-death situations. There are different levels of emergency care providers, all with specific skills and responsibilities.

At Rend Lake College, you can receive training as a First Responder, the most basic level of emergency care but not considered as an EMT. You can also receive training as an EMT-Basic, the initial entry into EMT training; or as an EMT-Paramedic. All EMTs are state licensed, and most are nationally certified / registered / licensed as well. Each level of EMT training requires additional classroom hours, clinical hours, and continuing education requirements. Each level must take State Boards (which are now National Standards), and the test is both written and 'practical,' meaning you must demonstrate your 'hands on' skills in various scenarios. Like Nursing Boards, most of the testing is based on the 'best right answer'.

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Each level of EMT training marks an increase in an ability to do invasive / sterile procedures or administer certain types of drugs. For example: an EMT-B can administer oxygen and in some states, other medications like epinephrine for allergic reactions. When you get to the Paramedic level you can administer more emergency medications, start IVs, administer first-line cardiac drugs and initiate advanced airways.

Tying in EMT services with various community services may be one setting where an EMT will work. In some areas, members of the Police Department or Fire Department are also required to be EMS certified. Some ambulance companies are affiliated with hospitals, others with cities or towns, others are privately owned.

All 50 states have credentialing requirements for EMTs. As a result, salary levels are affected most by education, experience, geographic region, and work setting. EMTs that are employed by fire and police departments often receive additional benefits.
 

 

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Degrees & Certificates in EMT Paramedic

Community & Corporate Education Division

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN — Certificate

Occupational Certificate

This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and meets current IDPH standards for training as an Emergency Medical Technician. Successful completers of the certificate may apply to take the Illinois Department of Public Health EMT-B examination. Learning will occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital and field settings.

► Total = 9 Hours

Gainful Employment Information

  • EMT 1201 Emergency Medical Technician (9)

EMT PARAMEDIC — Certificate

Occupational Certificate

This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and meets current IDPH standards for training as an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic. Successful completers of the certificate may apply to take the Illinois Department of Public Health EMT-P examination. Learning will occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital and field settings. Students are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in EMTP courses.

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 45 Hours

Prerequisites (9 Cr. Hrs.)

  • EMT 1250 – Emergency Medical Technician (9)

Licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician through the Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety.

First Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

EMT PARAMEDIC — Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree}

This program, approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, is designed to prepare students for a career as a paramedic. Career opportunities exist in the field of medical services, including medical and ambulance services, fire departments and industrial settings. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the Illinois Department of Public Health Paramedic licensure examination. Learning will occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital and field clinical settings. Students are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in EMTP courses.

► Total = 68 Hours

Prerequisites

  • EMT 1250 – Emergency Medical Technician 9

Licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician through the Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety.

First Semester (7 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (13 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Fifth Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

Sixth Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

 

Accreditation


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The Rend Lake College paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Faculty & Staff


Director of Paramedic Program
Phone Extension: 1419
Building: RLM
Office: 201
 

Allied Health Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1251
Email: 
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Allied Health
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Allied Health

 

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