Oakton Community College Emergency Medical Technician Program

A remarkable journey of education, technology, and dedicated professionals whom will deliver real hands on experience.

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Join us through your journey with 168+ hours of a unique learning experience with dedicated faculty/staff professionals mentoring and guiding you through the program of becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). 

High-Fidelity Simulation and Critical Thinking

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 Oakton EMT student will learn to respond to as a EMT. 

Motivated Instructional Staff

4 Adjunct Faculty Members


15 Secondary Instructors


14 Mentors


Over 30 Experienced Professional Teaching Staff members.


Our program offers diversity of educational backgrounds with municipal fire departments, private ambulance companies, aero-medical care, industrial environments, and hospital based environments.  We continue to seek lead instructors, assistants, and mentors whom have a unique and extensive magnitude of training and education related in the EMT Program.


We assist with career placement and outcomes for our students with referrals and recommendations to private ambulance companies, hospitals, private industry, municipalities, and other advanced degrees or universities. 

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Oakton Emergency Medical Technician Program

7701 N Lincoln Ave, Skokie, Illinois 60077, United States

(847) 635-1910

EMT Program

Our Program

 The Oakton Community College Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program is a one semester course of study based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's National EMS Education Standards (2016) and the NHTSA National EMS Scope of Practice Model (2016) for EMT Instruction. Additionally, Oakton is currently updated and following the National EMS Scope of Practice Advance Curriculum with updated drugs/procedures (2016). 


Upon successful completion of the course of studies, Oakton EMT candidates are eligible to challenge either Illinois Department of Public Health examination (IDPH) or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examination. An Illinois Department of Public Health license as an Emergency Medical Technician allows the individual to become a licensed provider in the state of Illinois. A National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician license allows the individual whom wishes to apply to any state in the nation for the state level EMT license. 


The EMT Program has incorporated into each 168-hour course are 12 hours of ambulance ride time and 12 hours of clinical rotation in hospital emergency departments.


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. It 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 Oakton 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, Oakton 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.

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