South Suburban College
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Emergency Medical Technician Program

The Emergency Medical Technician Program trains men and women for positions as emergency medical technicians-paramedics in various settings including ambulance services, fire departments, and volunteer emergency care services. Students wishing to be considered for admission to the Paramedic Program must contact one of the approved agencies affiliated with South Cook County EMS Systems at Ingalls Memorial Hospital for additional information and referral.

Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certificate

This certificate prepares students for the EMT-B State Licensure Test. The extensive curriculum includes medical aspects, legal terminology, pharmacology, childbirth, and life saving techniques, such as CPR. The EMT candidate will participate in hands-on training in clinical and practical applications in hospital settings and field time, such as auto extrications. Testing is done periodically in the classroom, as well as practical settings.

  1. Prospective students should submit an SSC Application form and forward all official high school (or HSE) transcripts, as well as official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions for credit evaluation.
  2. Students that have completed the necessary prerequisite courses can submit the application form by mail or in person to the Health Professions Office in Room 4457. The deadline for prerequisite course completion and application to be considered for the Spring class each year is October 1st and May 1st for Fall.

Admission Process Placement

The EMT program has a selective admissions process. Specific eligibility criteria are used to evaluate each applicant to admit those students with highest likelihood of success. Admissions to the program will be determined by the following criteria:


  1. Must be 18 years or older and have an Official High School Diploma or HSE Transcripts(unable to be state certified without a high school diploma or equivalent and at least 18 years old).
  2. Students must take Reading 082 and English 098 or test out of these classes on the placement test prior to entering the program.
  3. Students are required to pass a drug screening and background check prior to admittance into the program. Students will be required to pay for both tests.
  4. Students must have a current CPR certification and it must remain current throughout the course.
  5. Completion of general education courses and prerequisite courses with a ”C” or better.
  6. A photocopy of the student’s current health care insurance must be submitted to each respective program coordinator in order to participate at any clinical education site. Failure to maintain comprehensive health care insurance will result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the clinical site and thereby receiving a failing grade in the clinical education class. Furthermore, the student will be financially responsible to pay all medical bills and co-payments as a result of injuries or health issues that arise from participation of clinical education programs.

Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program.

Students will be notified of status by mail after November 1st for Fall and June 1st for Spring. The SSC EMT program does not wait list applicants from one year to the next; therefore, applicants who are not selected must reapply for successive years.

EMT Program Application

Learn More

To learn more about the Emergency Medical Technician Program at South Suburban College, download this brochure:

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Emergency Medical Technician

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For More Information

For questions regarding the Emergency Medical Technician Program, contact the Health Professions Office at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2204 or visit Room 4457 - Main Campus. To make an appointment with the Health Professions Career Advisor, Kathryn Melin-Eberhardt, please contact the Counseling Department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2306.

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