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Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (Certificate)

8 credit hours. View Course Requirements for Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician-Basic.

The EMT-Basic is designed to prepare students to enter into the pre-hospital care field by participating in classroom lectures, performing skills in lab settings, and continuing the learning process in a field experience in the hospital emergency room and riding with ambulance services/fire department EMTs.

Enrollment Requirements

To register for the EMT-Basic course (EMT 101), students must meet with an academic advisor and must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Show proof of high school diploma or GED completion
  • Have current CPR Certification at the Healthcare Provider Level (American Heart Association) or Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (American Red Cross)

CPR courses are offered at Heartland Community College through our Community Education department and area hospitals.

EMT students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation the week prior to when the semester begins.  For the day class, orientation will be held on either Monday or Wednesday from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  For the night class, orientation will be held on either Tuesday or Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Dates, times, and location will be announced prior to the orientation sessions; and notification will be sent to enrolled students.  Students will have the option to attend either orientation session no matter which class they are enrolled in.

Registration for EMT 101 will close on Friday one full week before the semester begins.

Enrollment Considerations

Time Commitment

EMT 101 is an 8 credit hour/9 contact hour course with 7 hours of lecture time and 2 hours of lab time each week. This course can be completed in 16 weeks. In addition, students will complete 24 hours of clinical time outside of class, with the time split between a hospital emergency department and an ambulance in order to complete the course requirements and to be eligible to challenge the state or national exam.

Review the Essential Functions of the Job

Students enrolled in the EMT program must be able to perform the EMT essential functions (PDF) with or without reasonable accommodations. Any applicant or enrolled students are encouraged to contact Student Access and Accommodation Services to discuss any concerns associated with the program.

Clinical Requirements

Criminal Background Check

Criminal background checks are required to participate in the field experience portion of the course. Students will be required to complete an Authorization to Conduct Background Check form during the first week of class. Students with questions regarding background checks or questions on eligibility for EMT licensure may contact the McLean County Area EMS Office at 309-827-4348. View the list of potentially disqualifying convictions and information on a waiver process.

Students with results triggering disqualification will be referred to the waiver process. Students will not be allowed into the clinical environment until their waiver has been approved.

Health Requirements & Immunizations

Proof of the following current immunizations are required prior to being allowed into the clinical environment:

  • TDaP (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) within the last 10 years
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • TB skin test or negative chest x-ray (within the last 12 months)
  • Hepatitis B series
  • Influenza (current year)


All enrolled students are required to submit proof of current health insurance coverage or sign a statement acknowledging personal responsibility for medical bills that may arise from participation in the course or its clinical component.

Information contained on this web site is subject to change. Please check with an academic advisor for current course offerings and program requirements. Current students with continual enrollment may graduate under the current program requirements or any program requirements in effect since first enrollment. Students who intend to graduate must meet with an academic advisor to complete an "application to graduate" form a full semester prior to graduation. This will help ensure that a student meets all graduation requirements. Remember to always check with the school you are interested in attending for specific requirements.

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