Enrollment Requirements

To enroll in the EMT program, students must fulfill the following requirements:
  1. Complete the SWIC placement test with eligibility for English 101 or greater and Math 94 or greater
  2. Be 18 years of age to test for licensure
  3. Graduate from high school or have proof of GED

Additional Requirements

The following criteria are required of all enrolled students and all information will be explained in detail by the program coordinator or course instructors.

Orientation & Performance

Students enrolled in the EMT program must attend all required orientation sessions and be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Any applicants or enrolled students are encouraged to meet with the Disability & Access Center to discuss potential issues associated with meeting these requirements.

EMTs must:

  • Have excellent judgment
  • Have the ability to prioritize decisions and act quickly in the best interest of the patient while following the physician’s directives
  • Possess strong communication skills (spoken and written)
  • Have the ability to function independently in a constantly changing, non-structured environment
  • Have good physical stamina, endurance and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, crawl, lift, carry and balance at times in excess of 125 pounds

Students should be aware that health insurance is required during clinical education courses. Malpractice insurance is provided by the college through assessment of lab fees.

Background Check

Criminal background check, random drug test and name search on government registries that prohibit employment in health care professions are conducted at the beginning of classes. The cost of these services is approximately $87 with an additional fee of $13 per state (other than Illinois and Missouri), in which the student has lived or worked since the age of 18.

Students with positive results on the drug test or listed on a prohibitory government registry will be dismissed from the program. If drug test results are positive, the student must provide proof of prescription in his or her own name in order to pass the drug test. Medical marijuana, which is not FDA approved, is also considered a positive drug testing result. Dismissal for positive criminal background check, drug test or listing on a government registry does not qualify students for refund of tuition or lab fees. Students who have concerns regarding their status with the above regulations are encouraged to discuss the matter with the program coordinator or coordinator’s assistant prior to seeking admission.