Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

EMR course may lead to State Certification and is not an IVCC Certificate.

Any Semester

IAI Course
EMS 2200Emergency Medical Responder


Total Credit Hours:4

Total Credit Hours: 4

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 EMR 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.
  • Ability to detect sounds that relate to bodily functions using a stethoscope.

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