The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program is new at CACC in 2011 and conducts the Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT-B) course to its students. EMS focuses on pre-hospital emergency medical care and is an excellent program for students considering many of the health professions. The CACC EMS program works closely within the framework of the EMS System and is under the guidance of Memorial Medical Center’s EMS System. Students successfully completing this demanding course will have their names submitted to the IL Dept. of Public Health through the EMS System office to challenge the state licensing exam. Students must be in their last year of high school and shall reach age 18 within one year of completing this course to enter the CACC EMS program.
It is the mission of the Emergency Medical Services Program to provide the Emergency Medical Technician student with the highest quality of education and training possible through both clinical and didactic education. This will allow students who successfully complete the program to apply to sit for the licensure examination for the Emergency Medical Technician.
- The CACC EMS program strives to instill integrity, professionalism, high moral and ethical standards in all of our EMT students.
- The EMS program shall provide our students with an education encompassing modern technology and equipment, theories, and current practices of pre-hospital emergency care.
- Successful students in the CACC EMS program will be thoroughly prepared to challenge the state licensure or National Registry examinations upon completion of the course of instruction in EMS.
- The CACC EMS program shall produce competent and qualified graduates prepared to enter the workforce. This gives employing emergency response agencies new personnel able to perform with skill the necessary care required of their service.
- Graduates of the EMS program will possess the analytical, critical thinking, and practical skills necessary to serve the citizens, employers, and their fellow responders safely, efficiently, and competently.
Program length: 1 year
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EMS students need a solid background in all the physical sciences, particularly biology and anatomy. They also need to be able to communicate with a broad spectrum of patients and healthcare workers.
You will be able to start your career as a(n):
- Ambulance crew member
- Fire Department or Rescue Squad member
- Medical assistant
- Veterinary assistant
- Emergency room Nursing Tech
- Medical record clerk
- Athletic trainer
CACC students are employed by:
- Ambulance service providers
- Fire Departments and Rescue Squads
- Hospitals and clinics
Tech prep courses and credits available:
Students successfully completing the one year EMT-Basic course at CACC will earn eight (8) credit hours for EMS 101 at Lincoln Land Community College.
Many graduates who become licensed EMT-Basics go on to challenge the EMT-Paramedic course and/or become nurses.
- Those graduates earning their EMT license from the state of Illinois must complete a minimum of 120 hours of continuing education hours within a four-year period to gain re-licensure.