The EMT Profession
The primary focus of the EMT is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. EMTs function as part of a comprehensive EMS response under medical oversight. This program focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and abilities that will allow each student to properly assess and treat a variety of medical emergencies as EMTs in the prehospital setting.
The EMT Profession is designed for individuals seeking to become healthcare providers and presents a strong foundation for those who wish to pursue advanced training at the Paramedic level.
Cardiac arrest, respiratory emergencies, shock and bleeding, trauma, emergency childbirth, fracture splinting, wound care and diabetic emergencies are some of the many situations that the LUMC EMT student will learn to respond to. Additional focus topics will include scene and personal safety issues, ambulance operations, lifting and moving techniques, basic pharmacology, and street survival for the prehospital care provider.
The EMT course requires that students be dedicated, motivated and enthusiastic about learning. They should be open to performing hands-on skills and working as a team. As prehospital healthcare providers, LUMC EMT students are educated and expected to perform their duties in a prompt and professional manner that will make them leaders in the Emergency Medical Services profession.
The Loyola University Medical Center Emergency Medical Services Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program is a four-month course of study based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National EMS Education Standards (2009) and the NHTSA National EMS Scope of Practice Model (2007) for EMT Instruction. Upon successful completion of the course of studies, Loyola EMT candidates are eligible to challenge either the National Registry examination for EMTs or the Illinois Department of Public Health examination to gain their licensure as an EMT-Basic by the State of Illinois. Incorporated into each 196-hour course are 16 hours of ambulance ride time and 16 hours of clinical rotation in hospital emergency departments.
Loyola typically offers three courses a year. Details and applications will be available three months prior to the start of the course.
- Spring, in-person course beginning in January
- Summer, hybrid beginning in June (call for details)
- Fall, in-person course beginning in August.
General requirements for acceptance into the LUMC EMT program are as follows:
- High School diploma or equivalency
- Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/BLS or American Red Cross CPR for
the Professional Rescuer course completion card
(For information on CPR classes please call the Loyola training center at 708.216.3965)
- Minimum of 18 years of age
- Completed Application form
- Completed Essay form
- $500.00 application fee
- Background Investigation (upon qualifying for acceptance into the program)
- Urine Drug Screen (upon qualifying for acceptance into the program)
- Immunization Verification (upon acceptance into the program)
- Copy of personal health insurance card (upon acceptance into the program)