Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate at Harper College

Earn a career ready certificate 

Program facts  Liberal Arts icon

  • Credit hours: 9
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: 
    Emergency medical technician

Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become an entry-level emergency medical technician with this 9-credit-hour certificate program. You’ll receive an overview of the Basic Life Support (BLS) process as defined by the National EMS Education Standards. Upon graduation, you’ll qualify to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Exam.

This program is located at Northwest Community Hospital. Courses in the program are taught by skilled instructors who are experts in the emergency medical services field.

Credit earned for this program can be applied to the Emergency Medical Services AAS Degree.

Certificate program requirements

The 9 credit-hour certificate program provides entry-level emergency medical care knowledge and skills with the delivery of Basic Life Support (BLS) as defined by the National EMS Education Standards. Specific enabling objectives are listed on the cover of each presentation’s handout. Students must have a grade of 80% or better to qualify for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Exam. A high school diploma or GED, 2.0 Harper GPA, and an age requirement of 18 is necessary. This program is offered only at Northwest Community Hospital.


A grade of C or better in this course is required for this certificate. A minimum cumulative score of 80% is required to sit for the NREMT exam.

Number Course Title Credits
EMS 110 9

This program has prerequisites.

Steps to prepare for permission to register:

Note: We are now accepting Registration Permit forms for the Spring 2019 program which will begin in January. The last day to submit the Registration Permit form is January 8, 2019. NO PERMIT FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THAT DATE.

1. Attend the Health Career Careers Information Meeting (optional)

2. Review Program and Policy Information

  • Curriculum (see above)
  • Health requirements

3. Learn about prerequisites

4. Apply

 Please note: Information provided on this page is subject to change.

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Next steps

For more information about EMT training at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Please note: This program is not financial aid eligible.