EMT at a Glance

  • Average starting salary: $26,000 per year
  • Level of patient contact: High
  • Length of program: 1 semester
  • Program Location: Belleville, Granite City and Red Bud campuses, and off-campus sites
  • Program Start Time: Every semester
  • Morning, Afternoon and Evening classes
  • Prepare for National Registry Exam

More Information

After reviewing the information found on this page, interested students should contact Program Coordinator, Curt Schmittling.

Program Capacity

EMS 110 – Emergency Medical Technician is an 8-credit-hour course that can be completed in one semester. This course is available during the spring, summer and fall semesters.

View SWIC’s Course Schedule to search for specific classes.

Spring and Fall Semesters

During both the spring and fall semesters, EMS 110 is offered in a 16-week format. Typically, there are 5 or more sections of the class at a variety of times and days of the week to accommodate student schedules.

The capacity for each class section is 20 students.

Summer Semester

During the summer semester, EMS 110 is offered in an 8-week format. There are typically fewer sections available and students should be aware that summer semester classes may be more challenging.

The capacity for each class section is 20 students.

Program Location

Spring and Fall Locations

During the spring and fall semesters, EMS 110 is offered at a variety of locations, including: Belleville Campus, Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, Red Bud Campus and a variety of off-campus sites.

Summer Locations

During the summer semester, EMS 110 is primarily offered at the Belleville Campus.

Program Cost

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

For details, see the EMT Certificate Cost Sheet

Time Commitment

Class Time

EMS 110 is an 8-credit-hour course with 4 hours of lecture time and 6 hours of lab time. This means that students can expect to attend classes approximately 10 total hours per week (20 hours per week during the summer semester). This course can be completed in 16 weeks during the spring and fall semesters or 8 weeks during the summer semester. In addition to regular class meetings, students will be required to attend occasional Saturday meetings for specialized testing and instruction.

Students should check the location and schedule of classes to ensure availability and access. Students are responsible for their own transportation and attendance at any of the classes assigned by the program.

Study Time

For each hour of class time spent in lecture, students should plan to spend 2 hours outside of class for study time, homework and completing assignments. For each hour of class time spent in the lab, students should spend an equal amount of time outside of class practicing skills.

Program Recognition

The SWIC Emergency Medical Technician course is recognized and approved by:

The Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62761
phone: 217-782-4977
fax: 217-782-3987
email: DPH.MAILUS@illinois.gov

The program’s curriculum is guided by the standards developed by U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Compliance with this curriculum helps to assure the public that our curriculum will graduate competent clinicians.

Work Requirements

National Certification

Upon successful completion of the one-semester course, EMS 110 – Emergency Medical Technician, students are awarded an Emergency Medical Services certificate and are eligible to apply for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examination.

State Licensure

After students complete the NREMT examination successfully, they may apply for Illinois licensure through the local EMS System Coordinator. Refer to Illinois Department of Public Health website for more information on the various EMT level national examinations offered in Illinois.