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Emergency Medical Technology


About the Program

This program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree and two certificate options to prepare graduates for careers providing emergency medical care. All EMT courses are held at area hospitals or fire and rescue departments. General education course requirements for the degree are offered at CLC locations.

The goal of our program is to prepare competent entry level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the EMT-Intermediate, and/or EMT-Basic and/or First Responder Level.

The College of Lake County’s three (3) Paramedic programs: North Lake County EMS Program at Vista Health, the NorthShore Highland Park Hospital EMS program, and Advocate Health System Condell Medical Center (CMC) EMS program  are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( This comes upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMPS).

Candidates seeking the paramedic license through our partner hospitals will need to have a valid and current EMT-B or EMT-I Illinois license, and meet all other program prerequisites.

EMT Course Locations

For more information, please contact one of the EMS coordinators listed below:

  • Vista Medical Center West EMT-Basic: (847) 360-2038 EMT-Paramedic: Dave Chase (847) 360-2205
  • Advocate Condell Medical Center EMT-Paramedic: Teresa (TJ) Ehrhardt (847) 990-5309
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem EMT-Basic and EMT Paramedic: Martha Pettineo (847) 480-3787 (Highland Park Hospital)
  • Grayslake Fire Protection District Only firefighters who are already affiliated with a fire department may register for Grayslake EMT courses. EMT-Basic: Captain Tony Carraro (847) 223-8960


Career Opportunities

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Salaries typically range from $16,100-$45,400. Employers include hospitals, private ambulance services, fire departments, police departments and rescue squad departments.


Degrees & Certificates

  • Emergency Medical Technology A.A.S.
  • Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certificate
  • Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Certificate

Learn more about the program options.