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Emergency Services

Are you passionate about serving your community? Then a career in Emergency Services might be for you.

Emergency Services


Are you passionate about serving your community? If you enjoy helping others, you might enjoy a career as a First Responder. At Joliet Junior College, you can take hands-on classes and earn a degree or certificate to become a police officer, EMT/paramedic, or firefighter. Many students choose to learn more than one concentration.

What Will I Learn?

The Emergency Medical Services program at JJC prepares students for a variety of careers in emergency medical care. This course prepares students for the Illinois Department of Public Health State EMT-licensing examination (given at the college) and an entry-level job in EMS.

What is Unique About Our EMS program?

Once a student is licensed as an EMT, he or she is eligible for the Paramedic program, a 12-month course given in partnership with Morris Hospital EMS System.

An EMS degree gives graduates many advantages in their field. For example, most fire departments require that students be both a licensed paramedic and a certified firefighter for an entry level position. Although a degree is not required for an entry level job, most fire departments give preference points in the hiring process for a degree and many require a degree for promotions.

The EMS program at JJC is designed to prepare individuals for a wide spectrum of careers including fire service, hospital emergency department technicians, physicians’ offices, or clinics. For registration information, contact the program adviser at 815.280.2356.

There are many paths you can take if you are considering enrolling in our program. We suggest you meet with one of our EMS advisors so that we can tailor the program to best meet your needs. Call 815.280.2356 for an appointment.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Employment opportunities for EMS graduates are diverse, ranging from:

  • Private ambulance services
  • Hospitals
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Immediate care centers and fire departments
  • Private ambulance services hire both EMT’s and paramedics, and provide transport services from homes, nursing homes and hospitals.
  • Hospitals may hire EMT’s or paramedics to work as emergency room technicians. Their function will be similar to that of a certified nurse assistant.

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