Last updated 3/17/2014
Certificate Code 5639
Emergency Medical Services education is offered through the Allied Health department in cooperation with the Emergency Medical System of Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus.
This education prepares individuals for entry-level positions as emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The program prepares individuals to provide basic and advanced life support in out-of-the-hospital settings to critically ill and injured persons.
To prepare individuals to function in the pre-hospital role, a combination of educational methods will be used including theory instruction, demonstration and practice of life-saving skills for simulated and real emergency situations. Instruction is provided by physicians specializing in emergency medicine, registered nurses, and paramedics with advanced education in medical and trauma management.
Successful completion of the Illinois Department of Public Health State examination or the National Registry Examination is required for licensure prior to employment. Students must also successfully document and meet all health and background checks required by academic programs and/or clinical sites prior to admission to program and/or courses. A physical examination and immunizations are required prior to beginning clinical practice/field time.
Job opportunities include hospitals, private ambulance services, municipal fire, police or rescue squad departments. Volunteer services generally require EMT licensure.
Note: EMS students who seek to enroll in paramedic level courses and completed their EMT-Basic coursework at an outside institution will need to:
- Provide an official transcript documenting the EMT-Basic classes. Note- If an official transcript is not available; a letter signed by an authorized representative, documenting the content of coursework and the dates the student attended is required.
- The student must provide a copy of a current Illinois state EMT-Basic license or NREMT Basic certification with eligibility to obtain an IL license.
Transcripts should be sent directly to the Enrollment Services Office from the institution granting the credit. The student can submit a copy of the state licensure card directly to Enrollment Services, or to the EMS Program Director. Black Hawk College will grant college transfer credit for EMS 100 and EMS 102 once the transcript and license have been received.
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester (Fall, Spring or Summer)
EMS 100 — Emergency Medical Technician Basic (8)
EMS 102 — Emergency Medical Technician Basic Clinical (1)
EMS 110 — Paramedic Theory I (7)
EMS 112 — Paramedic Theory II (8)
EMS 114 — Paramedic Clinical I (3)
Third Semester Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
EMS 210 — Paramedic Theory III (7)
EMS 212 — Paramedic Theory IV (7)
EMS 214 — Paramedic Clinical II (4)
Fourth Semester Suggested Courses/Summer (Credit Hours)
EMS 216 — Paramedic Clinical III (5)
Minimum total hours required for Certificate (50)
Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.