Emergency Medical Services (EMS)


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an exciting and challenging career with unlimited opportunities for growth and advancement in the health care industry. Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) students gain knowledge of Basic Life Support skills, enabling them to render emergency care to victims of sudden illness or injury and to prevent such situations from becoming life-threatening. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured and to transport the patient to a medical facility. Completing EMT basic training is a first step toward becoming a paramedic and is also a great way for students to decide whether this or another health care profession is a career they would like to pursue.


The Emergency Medical Services program offers two certificates to interested individuals:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

EMTs and EMRs are trained to provide basic life-saving care using minimal equipment while waiting on further help to arrive.  Both certificates also provide the knowledge and skills to meet standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

Our students really excel, as evidenced by Licensure Pass Rates for the EMT and EMR programs.


For more information about the Emergency Medical Services program, contact Brent Maguire, Director of Emergency Medical Services, at or 618-847-9163.