All EMTs in Illinois and those who want to become an EMT in Illinois are overseen by the Illinois Department of Health. Below we will show you how to get on the path towards certification inside the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Health.

What do EMTs do in Illinois?

Whereas the general role of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics is to treat the sick and injured, there is far more to their duties. Here you will see some more-detailed descriptions of the occupation’s role.

What are the steps to become an EMT in Illinois?

Becoming an EMT in Illinois calls for graduating from a professional training program. It’s a legal prerequisite that any Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic employed in the state hold a professional certificate. The following five steps will be required to become an EMT in any state.

Step 1: Get your high school diploma or GED

Furthermore, all Emergency Medical Technician classes require students to be high school graduates or have a G.E.D. in their admissions requirements. So, regardless of your ultimate professional career goal, make sure that you take this first step.

Step 2: Graduate from an Emergency Medical Technician training class in IL

If you want to become eligible to sit for for certification, you will need to first complete a Illinois Dept. of Health accredited EMT program. Students need to have finished the course within the past 24 months and provide verification of successful program finalization on the National Registry website (more info below). EMT training in Illinois is usually provided by junior colleges, technical schools, hospitals, and universities.

All Approved EMT Courses in Illinois

The list below is all the Illinois Department of Health Approved EMT courses in the state of Illinois.

Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, OSF St Joseph Medical Center,
and McLean County Area EMS System Paramedic Training Program Consortium
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1609 Northbrook Dr
Suite 8
Normal, IL 61761
United States of America
Satellite Locations/Multiple Campuses
Heartland Community College, Normal, IL
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 9/20/2013
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Jonathan Dassow BS, EMTP, LI
Phone: (309) 827-4348
jdassow@mcleancountyems.org
www.mcleancountyems.org

Advocate Christ Medical Center
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
4440 W 95th St
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
United States of America
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 7/18/2013
Degrees: Diploma
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Linda Abrahamson MA, ECRN, EMTP, NCEE
Phone: (708) 684-5957
linda.abrahamson@advocatehealth.com
www.advocatehealth.com

Advocate Condell Medical Center
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
801 South Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 7/21/2016
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Teresa Boron BSN, RN
Phone: (847) 990-5309
teresa.boron@advocatehealth.com
advocatehealth.com

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
3815 Highland Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515
United States of America
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/16/2012
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Lauren Tvrdik BSN, RN
Phone: (630) 275-1381
lauren.tvrdik@advocatehealth.com
advocatehealth.com

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1775 Dempster Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/21/2016
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Margaret Drag RN, BSN, EMTP
Phone: (847) 723-5427
Margaret.Drag@advocatehealth.com
www.advocatehealth.com

Advocate Sherman Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1425 N Randall Rd
Elgin, IL 60123
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 9/16/2016
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Donna Errera-Ott MS, RN, CEN, TNS
Phone: (224) 789-3947
donna.errera-ott@advocatehealth.com
www.shermanhealth.com

Black Hawk College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
6600 34th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
United States of America
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/15/2013
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Marcella Miner BSN, RN
Phone: (309) 796-5361
minerm@bhc.edu
www.bhc.edu

Blessing Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1005 Broadway
Quincy, IL 62305
United States of America
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 9/21/2012
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Sandy Behl BSN, RN
Phone: (217) 223-8400 Ext -6594
sandy.behl@blessinghealthsystem.org
www.blessinghealthsystem.org

Edward Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
801 S Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
United States of America
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/15/2013
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Ryan Klavohn BS, EMTP
Phone: (630) 527-3053
ryan.klavohn@eehealth.org
eehealth.org/ems

Illinois Central College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
5407 N Univiersity St
East Peoria, IL 61635
United States of America
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 9/21/2012
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Michael Dant BA, EMTP
Phone: (309) 690-7540
mdant@icc.edu
www.icc.edu

Illinois Valley Community College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
815 N Orlando Smith Road
Ogelsby, IL 61348
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 9/16/2016
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Rosemary McGinnis BSN, RN
Phone: (815) 224-0485
rosemary_mcginnis@ivcc.edu
www.ivcc.edu

Ingalls Memorial Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
One Ingalls Drive
Harvey, IL 60426
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/20/2015
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Kimberly Stotts MSN, RN
Phone: (708) 915-6900
kstotts@ingalls.org
www.ingalls.org

Kaskaskia College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
27210 College Rd
Centralia, IL 62801
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/19/2017
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Derek Burwell BS, NRP
Phone: (618) 545-3431
dburwell@kaskaskia.edu
www.kaskaskia.edu

Kishwaukee College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
2727 Sycamore Rd
Suite 1A
DeKalb, IL 60115
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 9/16/2016
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Anthony Woodson BSN, RN
Phone: (815) 756-1521
awoodson@kishhealth.org
www.kish.edu

Lake Land College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
5001 Lake Land Blvd
NH 023
Mattoon, IL 61938
United States of America
Satellite Locations/Multiple Campuses
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon, IL

Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/11/2018
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Jasmine Ballard BS, EMTP
Phone: (217) 234-5362
jballard9365@lakelandcollege.edu
www.lakeland.cc.il.us

Lewis & Clark Community College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
5800 Godfrey Rd
Haskell Hall Room 128
Godfrey, IL 62035
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 7/21/2016
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Darla Long BS, NRP
Phone: (618) 468-4918
dklong@lc.edu
www.lc.edu

Loyola University Medical Center
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
2160 South First Avenue
Building. 110LL, Room 0226
Maywood, IL 60153
United States of America
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 10/21/1995
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Dawn Wujcik BSN, RN, CEN, PHRN, TNS
Phone: (708) 327-2544
dawn.wujcik@luhs.org
www.lumc.edu

Malcolm X College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1900 West Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
United States of America
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/24/2013
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Harry Meyers RN, EMTP
Phone: (312) 850-7303
hmeyers@ccc.edu
www.ccc.edu/colleges/malcolm-x/

McHenry County College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
8900 US Hwy 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/11/2018
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Cindy Amore RN, BSN
Phone: (815) 759-8044
camore@centegra.com
www.mchenry.edu/

Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
150 W High St
Morris, IL 60450
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/15/2015
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Robin Stortz MSN, RN, TNS
Phone: (815) 705-7189
rstortz@morrishospital.org
www.morrishospital.org

Northshore University Health System Highland Park Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
777 Park Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/21/2016
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Martha Pettineo MSN, RN, EMT-P
Phone: (847) 480-3758
mpettineo@northshore.org
www.northshore.org

Northwest Community Healthcare
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
800 W Central
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/16/2018
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Connie Mattera MS, RN, EMTP
Phone: (847) 618-4485
cmattera@nch.org
http://www.nwcemss.org

Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
25 North Winfield Road
Winfield, IL 60190
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 9/18/2015
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Tiffani Clausen BA, EMT-P
Phone: (630) 933-1523
tiffani.clausen@nm.org
www.cadencehealth.org

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
5510 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
United States of America
Satellite Locations/Multiple Campuses
Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, IL
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/16/2014
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Kenneth G. Eitenmiller, Jr BS, EMTP
Phone: (815) 395-5254
kenneth.g.eitenmiller@osfhealthcare.org
www.osfsaintanthony.org

Parkland College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1309 North Mattis Ave
Champaign, IL 61821
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/15/2015
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Wade Hales BSEd, EMTP
Phone: (217) 353-2760
whales@parkland.edu
www.parkland.edu

Presence Saint Francis Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
355 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 9/18/2015
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Adam Greenberg RN, BSN, LI, EMT-B
Phone: (847) 316-6117
agreenberg@presencehealth.org
www.presencehealth.org/presence-saint-francis-hospital-evanston

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
77 North Airlite
Elgin, IL 60123
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/15/2015
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Theresa Tunney MSN, RN, TNCC
Phone: (847) 695-3200 Ext -5956
theresa.tunney@presencehealth.org
www.presencehealth.org

Presence St. Mary’s Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
500 West Court St
Kankakee, IL 60901
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 5/15/2015
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: David Piper MPA, EMTP
Phone: (708) 259-6300
dwp2703@gmail.com
www.presencehealth.org

Rend Lake College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
327 Potomac Blvd
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 7/21/2016
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Robert Hyman MS, NRP
Phone: (618) 437-5321
robert_hyman@ssmhc.com
www.rlc.edu

Riverside Medical Center
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
400 S. Kennedy Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/20/2015
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Alfred Ponton MSN, RN, EMTP
Phone: (815) 935-9366
aponton@rhc.net
www.riversidehealthcare.org/kankakee-campus.html

Silver Cross Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1900 Silver Cross Blvd
Lenox, IL 60451
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 9/18/2015
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes Unavailable
Program Director: Lonnie Polhemus RN, MSN, EMTP
Phone: (815) 300-7430
lpolhemus@silvercross.org
www.silvercrossems.org

Southwestern Illinois College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
2500 Carlyle Rd., BCMC 2441
Belleville, IL 62221
United States of America
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/15/2015
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Curt Schmittling MEd, EMTP
Phone: (618) 222-5343
curt.schmittling@swic.edu
www.swic.edu

Swedish American Hospital
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1401 East State St
Rockford, IL 61104
United States of America
Satellite Locations/Multiple Campuses
Highland Community College, Freeport, IL
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/19/2012
Degrees: Certificate, Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Richard Robinson BS, EMTP
Phone: (779) 696-6081
rrobinson@swedishamerican.org
www.swedishamerican.org

Vista Health System
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1324 North Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085
United States of America
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 7/19/2012
Degrees: Certificate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: John Lewis BS, EMTP
Phone: (847) 360-2319
john_lewis@quorumhealth.com
www.vistahealth.com

Waubonsee Community College
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
Northwestern Medicine – Delnor Hospital
300 Randall Road
Geneva, IL 60134
United States of America
Satellite Locations/Multiple Campuses
Delnor Hospital, Geneva, IL
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 1/15/2015
Degrees: Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Debra Ward BA, EMTP
Phone: (630) 938-8464
debra.ward@nm.org
www.waubonsee.edu

How long does EMT training take in Illinois?

It is commonplace for EMT training to take about two to six months, depending upon the training venue and the number of hours of courses that are scheduled every week.

Step 3: Hold a CPR-BLS certification

Along with finishing your EMT training program, you must also be CPR-BLS credentialed prior to taking your certification examination. To be recognized, a certification training course needs to be endorsed by the American Heart Association. Courses are provided through a number of institutions, such as the American Red Cross.

Step 4: Sit for the National Registry’s EMT Cognitive and Psychomotor assessments

There are a couple of different components to the EMT certification examination: The Cognitive Exam (testing your general knowledge) and the Psychomotor Exam (testing your skills). The knowledge portion is generally finished online while the skills test is done on location and in-person. We cover the two exam segments in detail below.

Click here to get more information on the EMT exams.

Step 5: Become registered on the National EMT Registry

After finishing EMT training, all candidates will need to become added on the National Emergency Medical Technician Registry within 30 days of becoming certified. A fee of $80 has to be paid in order to have your name posted to the registry. Getting your name included on this list is the final step required to be eligible for hire as an Emergency Medical Technician.

How much do Emergency Medical Technicians earn in Illinois?

The following bls.gov data table features Emergency Medical Technician salary in Illinois in better detail.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$10.52$16.05$27.40
Yearly$21,880 $33,380 $56,990
IllinoisHourly$9.72$15.20$40.04
Yearly$20,230 $31,620 $83,280
Danville, IL MSAHourly$11.43$17.56$26.48
Yearly$23,770 $36,520 $55,080
Elgin, IL Metropolitan DivisionHourly$11.03$17.35$35.89
Yearly$22,940 $36,090 $74,660
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan DivisionHourly$10.12$17.14$51.38
Yearly$21,060 $35,650 $106,880
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL MSAHourly$12.49$16.52$22.22
Yearly$25,990 $34,360 $46,220
St. Louis, MO-IL MSAHourly$9.63$16.03$24.83
Yearly$20,020 $33,330 $51,650
Northwest Illinois BOSHourly$9.51$14.85$20.14
Yearly$19,780 $30,880 $41,900
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan DivisionHourly$11.80$14.45$29.59
Yearly$24,550 $30,050 $61,540
Champaign-Urbana, IL MSAHourly$9.87$14.42$19.27
Yearly$20,520 $29,990 $40,090
Rockford, IL MSAHourly$10.01$14.30$20.12
Yearly$20,830 $29,740 $41,860
West Central Illinois BOSHourly$9.12$14.30$27.08
Yearly$18,980 $29,750 $56,320
Peoria, IL MSAHourly$10.01$13.85$21.85
Yearly$20,830 $28,810 $45,450
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL MSAHourly$9.87$13.79$22.90
Yearly$20,520 $28,670 $47,630
East Central Illinois BOSHourly$9.85$13.60$23.63
Yearly$20,480 $28,300 $49,140
Carbondale-Marion, IL Metro AreaHourly$9.13$12.83$18.48
Yearly$18,980 $26,690 $38,430
Decatur, IL MSAHourly$9.84$12.11$19.96
Yearly$20,460 $25,190 $41,530
South Illinois BOSHourly$9.13$12.07$18.49
Yearly$19,000 $25,120 $38,460
Springfield, IL MSAHourly$10.09$12.05$15.34
Yearly$20,980 $25,060 $31,910
Bloomington, IL Metro AreaHourly$8.66$10.83$18.72
Yearly$18,020 $22,530 $38,940

What’s the job outlook for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in Illinois?

The healthcare industry as a whole in Illinois is enjoying extraordinary growth, keeping with the national trend. This phenomenon applies to EMTs and Paramedics too, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 9% surge in the number of new jobs for these professionals throughout the state by 2026.