Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

This 136-hour course is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the emergency medical services profession, and the treatment of the sick and injured. In accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Standard Curriculum for the EMT and the Illinois Department of Public Health, this program focuses on honing the knowledge, skills and abilities that will allow students to properly assess patients and treat a wide variety of medical and trauma emergencies in the pre-hospital setting.  Additional course requirements include 25 hours Emergency Department Clinical with a mininum of 15 patient contacts and 15 hours Ambulance Field Clinical with a minimum of 5 patient contacts.

Topics include: 

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Shock and bleeding
  • Trauma care
  • Emergency childbirth
  • Fracture splinting
  • Wound care
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Lifting and moving techniques
  • Basic pharmacology
  • Ambulance operations
  • Scene safety
  • Personal protection strategies.

This course is taught to prepare students to successfully challenge the National Registry Examination for the EMT Certification Examination. U[pon successful completion of the NREMT EMT Cognitive Examination, EMT Students may then apply for State EMT Licensure.



  • Complete Education Course Application with all specific course requirements as indicated on the course application.
  • Appropriate course fee paid prior to start date of class.
  • Must be 18 years of age by the final course examination date. Students age 17 may apply and will require written parental consent to attend the EMT Course. Please contact the EMS Training Supervisor for further information.
  • High School Diploma or its equivalency.
  • Background check
  • Drug screen
  • Immunizations (Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella, Tdap, Influenza, COVID-19, 2-step TB Skin Test)

Course Offerings

OSF Northern Region EMS offers Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) classes throughout the year at various locations. OSF Northern Region EMS hosts classes at the OSF Northern Region EMS West State Training Facility, 3501 W. State St, Rockford at different times during the year.

An accelerated day class is offered during the summer at the OSF Northern Region EMS Office to accommodate college students during the summer break. These classes are also offered at agency's locations upon request. Please click the button below if you are interested in hosting or attending a class.


2023 Fall EMT Course at NREMS West State Training Facility, Rockford

  • The Fall EMT Course will be held August 15, 2023 through December 14, 2023 at the NREMS West State Training Facility, 3501 West State Street, Rockford, IL  61102.
  • Course dates are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Class size is limited to 15 students
  • Application packets are currently available
  • Applications are due by 5:00 pm August 4, 2023      


** When requesting course information, please include first and last name, email address, phone number and specific course interested in.    

Contact Lisa Kirane, EMS Training Supervisor, for further information at (815) 395-4901 or  Lisa.R.Kirane@osfhealthcare.org.

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The OSF Northern Region EMS EMT Education Program is approved for financial assistance for job training from The Workforce Connection. Education Forms