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Heartland Community College

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.

Students completing the Heartland Community College EMT-B Program are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) EMT certification examination. Students who successfully pass the NREMT EMT certification examination are eligible to apply for licensure as an EMT-B in the state of Illinois. Program requirements and certification examinations for EMT-B licensure in states outside of Illinois vary and may not reflect the parameters of the Heartland Community College EMT-B Program. For information about licensure in states outside of Illinois, please contact Kris Newcomb, system coordinator, upon program entry.     

Enrollment Requirements

To register for the EMT-Basic course (EMT 101), students must meet the following requirements:

  • Age 17 or older*
  • High school diploma or equivalent**

*Per Illinois law, students who complete the program prior to turning 18 years of age will be eligible to test but will not be eligible for licensure until their 18th birthday.

**Students must possess a high school diploma or equivalent at the time of licensure application.

Registration for EMT 101 will close at midnight on the Sunday before classes begin.

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 28 hours of clinical time outside of class, with the time split between a hospital emergency department, emergency dispatch center, 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) - Proof of TDaP administration within the past 10 years OR a TDaP vaccine administered within your lifetime and Td booster administered within the past 10 years
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) - Proof of 2 MMR vaccinations OR a positive MMR antibody titer for all 3 components
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) - Proof of 2 vaccinations OR a positive Varicella antibody titer
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination - Proof of completed vaccination series AND a positive Hepatitis B antibody titer
  • TB Test - A 2-step TB test with negative results (If positive, contact faculty for additional guidance)
  • Influenza - Proof of influenza vaccination (current year) OR a signed vaccine declination form
  • COVID - Proof of COVID vaccination OR a signed vaccine declination form
  • Health Insurance Coverage - Proof of current personal health insurance
  • Student Background Check - A completed criminal background check through Viewpoint Screening (Program faculty will provide information on how to complete the background check upon registration)
  • State Identification Card - State driver's license OR State identification card OR passport


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.

Emergency Medical Services Video

Emergency Medical Services Video

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