Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certificate

Career Certificate

Your first step in making a difference.

Provide basic life support in an emergency

Begin a fulfilling career serving the public at their greatest time of need. With this certificate, you study to become a licensed Emergency Medical Technician–Basic (EMT-B) in 7 credit hours.

Your course work prepares you to provide patient care on scene and in the ambulance, such as:

  • assessing a patient’s condition
  • managing breathing
  • managing emergency crises

What can you do with a Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician–Basic?

The certificate in Emergency Medical Technician- Basic prepares you to work in the medical field. Additionally, you will be able to pursue a career in Applied Health Science or related fields.

EMT course locations

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.

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.

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

  • North Lake County EMS /Vista Hospital
    EMT-Basic (847) 360-2038 EMT-Paramedic Dave Chase (847) 360-2205
  • Advocate Condell Medical Center
    EMT-Paramedic Brianna Flynn (847) 990-5319
  • Lake Forest Hospital Northwestern Medicine
    EMT-Basic Gregory Fuchs (224) 271-4246 and Autumn Talley (224) 271-5545
  • NorthShore University Health System/ Highland Park Hospital
    EMT-Basic and EMT Paramedic Jill Maryan (847) 480-3981
  • Round Lake Fire Department
    EMT-Basic (EMT Department permission) Battalion Chief, Anthony Carraro (847) 546-6001


  • PATH Grant Stipends

    Get extra financial support for school and living expenses through the Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce Program (PATH) grant.
  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 4 Months

    Full-time students finish in 4 months.

Important financial aid information

EMT A.A.S. as well as EMT-Basic and EMT Paramedic certificate programs are not eligible for Title IV aid. Only students who are eligible for benefits under the Illinois Veteran grant, Illinois National Guard, or MIA/POW or VA Federal Benefits may receive financial aid for these programs.

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    EMT 111 7
    • Course Code EMT 111
      Course Title
      Credits 7
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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