Emergency Medical Services (E.M.S.)
To register for the EMT-Basic course (EMS 201/209), you MUST contact Courtney DeBoer at 815-280-2356.
The entry level EMS career program is EMT-Basic. EMT-B is a 4.5 month program offered in both the spring and fall semesters. JJC offers three EMT courses at Main Campus, all of which meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The morning program meets 8:30am until 12:00pm, the afternoon program meets from 1:00pm until 4:30pm and the evening program from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.
This course prepares the student for the Illinois Department of Public Health State EMT-B licensing examination (given at the college) and an entry-level job in EMS on a basic ambulance service.
Prerequisites for the E.M.S. program are:
- 18 years of age
- a high school diploma or GED
- EMS 101 (First Responder)
- a current American Heart Association CPR for health care provider card (includes infant, child and adult choking and CPR)
- a "C" or better in English 099 and English 021 or appropriate COMPASS scores for English 101
- Have an Illinois State Police Criminal Background check completed free from any misdemeanors or felonies. Forms are provided upon registration.
- A health physical including a drug screen will be required. Forms are provided upon registration.
Once the student is licensed as an EMT-B they are eligible for the EMT-P paramedic program (EMS 215-219). The paramedic programs are held at Silver Cross Hospital and Morris Hospital and are 12 month programs. Prerequisites for the paramedic program are a current Illinois EMT-B license, 18 years of age and a current CPR for healthcare card.
Silver Cross: Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning in May of each year. The student must apply through Silver Cross EMS at Silver Cross Hospital. Applications and further information are available in February of each year at Silver Cross EMS and may be obtained on their website ( http://www.SilverCrossEMS.org/ ) or by calling 815-300-2909. All students will be required to take the Silver Cross EMS paramedic program entrance test, which is similar to the EMT-B final exam and state licensing exam. The student will be required to complete field internship time on an advanced life support ambulance. If the student does not have any affiliation with a fire department or private ambulance service, Silver Cross EMS will assist the student in obtaining an ALS sponsor.
Morris Hospital: Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning in August of each year. Application packages and further information are available April 29, 2013, with a due date of no later than May 17, 2013, at the Morris Hospital EMS office, or on their website at www.mhemss.org.
All students will be required to take the paramedic program entrance test, which is similar to the EMT-B final exam and state licensing exam. The student will be required to complete field internship time on an advanced life support ambulance. If the student does not have any affiliation with a fire department or private ambulance service, Morris Hospital EMS will arrange the field internship time for the student.