Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

What Follows is the Program Outline

EMT Basic course may lead to State Certification in addition to the IVCC Certificate.

Any Semester

EMS 2201Emergency Medical Technician


EMS 2202Emergency Medical Technician Practicum


Total Credit Hours: 10

•   The applicant must possess a high school diploma or equivalent at the time of National Registry exam (copies are required).

•   The applicant must be at least 17 years of age at time of National Registry exam.  The applicant must be 18 years of age to receive a State License.

•   The applicant must have a background check. The applicant must assume the cost of the background check. The applicant must have NO felony convictions. A 10-panel urine drug screening is required at the applicant's cost.

•   The student will agree to complete all Health Services requirements by the posted dates. All required health information must be provided before any clinical study begins. Student must have a physical performed by personal physician at student's cost within the past year. The IVCC Health Assessment Form must be used (provided at first class). Students must have received all required immunizations as outlined on the health assessment form or sign a waiver that he/she is refusing the immunization.


General Physical Demands

•   Walking and standing are major components of this job. Sitting is necessary for transportation to and from scenes of the emergency.

•   The EMT student is required to assist in lifting and carrying injured or sick persons. They may be required to engage in pushing and/or pulling to assist with extrication and/or scene management. It is necessary to be able to lift and balance up to 125 pounds (250 with assistance). An example would be moving a patient on a backboard.

•   Have the strength and stamina to perform patient treatment such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation for lengthy periods of time.

•   Able to bend, stoop, balance and crawl on uneven terrain (flexible).

•   Ability to work in low light situations and confined spaces.

•   Able to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold and moisture.

•   Must not have a personal device or condition that is subject to interference by electronic equipment such as microwaves or cell phones.

•   Must not have any personal issue with environmental factors such as allergens, latex or cologne that would limit ability to function safely.

•   Be able to climb and balance as needed to gain access to emergency sites, i.e. sites, hillsides, ladders.

•   Good manual dexterity with the ability to perform all tasks related to emergency patient care and documentation.

•   Fine finger dexterity is needed for operating some equipment and skills such as inserting a needle or preparing medications.

•   Tactile ability to sufficiently assess patients and their environments and to implement appropriate treatment.

•   Ability to discern deviations/changes such as eye/skin coloration during patient assessment and issues involved in scene safety and hazards.

•   Ability to read road maps, accurately discern street signs and address numbers, read medication/prescription labels and directions for usage in a quick, accurate and expedient manner.

•   Responding to patients, coworkers and other EMS agencies through hearing are necessary in a patient's need, transmitting information and following directions.

•   Able to converse with dispatchers and EMS providers via phone, radio or computer.

•   Be able to function with diverse communication tools.

•   Detect sounds that can alert the medic to safety issues or patient concerns.


For additional information please consult a counselor at 815-224-0360 or nick_fish@ivcc.edu, 815-224-0267.