Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) you’ll be part of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System. The EMS System was designed to bring emergency medical care to patients “in the field.” In other words, you go to where people are injured or ill.

The mission of the Illinois Central College Emergency Medical Services Program is to prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains, with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, and/or Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, and/or First Responder levels.

There are three nationally recognized levels of EMT training:

  • Basic (EMT-B)
  • Intermediate (EMT-I)
  • Paramedic (EMT-P)


As a licensed Paramedic, you will have attained the highest level of EMT training. Paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency care to victims of medical and traumatic emergencies.

Local Salaries

The hourly wage for an EMT-B starts at $8.50 per hour, for an EMT-I is generally higher, but varies by employer. Beginning EMT Paramedics earn approximately $27,000 to $30,000 annually.

Admission to the Program:

High school graduate or equivalent; ACT scores with a composite of 12 or higher (tested prior to October 28, 1989) or 16 or above (tested October 28, 1989 or later) are recommended; drug screen, criminal background check, physical examination and immunizations will be required following program acceptance.


EMS Program courses are approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Emergency Medical Systems and Highway Safety.


Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 8

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1EMS 114

Program Contact Information

Health Careers

Peoria Campus

Cedar, Room 105

(309) 690-7530

Illinois Career Cluster

Health Science

Career Pathway:
Therapeutic Services

Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Health Sciences
Pathway: Diagnostic services, Therapeutic Services
ICC Pathway: Emergency Medical Services

Early College

If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available

Composition I (ENGL 110) | Emergency Medical Technician (EMS 114) | Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 140) | Humanities/Fine Arts | Introduction to Communication (COMM 110) | Introduction to Health Careers (ICC 104) | Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110) | Mathematics/Science | Medical Terminology (HLTH 121)

Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Getting Started: Apply to ICC | Apply to Health Careers | Paying for College | Career Information: EMT and Paramedic | Student Information

Certificate of Completion

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) (8 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

EMT-B $11-12/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Paramedic (65 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information



There are no current articulation agreements to Bachelor degree programs.


Program transfer guides layout course work to be taken at ICC and the transfer institution to complete specific programs of study or majors.

University of St. Francis Emergency Medical Services to Healthcare Leadership
Methodist College Bachelor of Health Science

Many other degree completion programs are available.


Transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities. For additional transfer information, including information on transfer partnerships and transfer guides:

Transfer Planning

Essential Skills and Abilities

The Emergency Medical Technician student must have the abilities and skills necessary to provide competent patient care. These skills and abilities include: observation; communication; motor ability; conceptualization; integration and quantification; and behavior/social acceptability. Communication compensation can be made for some handicaps in certain areas, but a student should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable, in that a student’s judgment or physical skills must be mediated by someone else’s power of observation, selection or action.

The following abilities and skills are necessary to meet the requirements of the curriculum:

A. Observation

  • The student must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.
  • Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation. It is enhanced by the functional use of the sense of smell.

B. Communication

  • The student must be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to provide instructions and elicit information.
  • The student must be able to describe changes in mood, activity, posture and perceive nonverbal communications.
  • A student must be able to communicate effectively and empathetically with patients. Communication includes speech as well as reading and writing.
  • The student must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with all members of the health care team.

C. Motor

  • Students should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other assessment procedures.
  • A student must have sufficient motor skills to gain access to patients in a variety of care settings and to manipulate equipment central to performing diagnostic procedures. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movement, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
  • A student must also be prepared to care for patients under inclement weather and environmental conditions.
  • The student must be able to maintain adequate physical conditioning as to not put himself, the patient, or team members in jeopardy.

D. Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities

  • These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem-solving, the critical skills demanded of all health professionals requires all of these intellectual abilities.

E. Behavioral and Social Attributes

  • A student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with people.
  • Students must be able to adapt to changing environment, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients.
  • Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities necessary for members of the health profession.

We affirm that all students enrolled in the EMT Program must possess those intellectual, ethical, physical, and emotional capabilities required to undertake the curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the faculty for safe professional practice.