Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Information


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a vital link in our community for providing emergency ambulance care. Joliet Junior College is your vital link to obtain everything you need for a career.

EMT-Basic Program

Content Area: The entry level EMS career program is EMT-Basic (EMT-B).

EMT-B is a 4.5 month program offered in both the spring and fall semesters. JJC offers three EMT courses at Main Campus, all of which meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:

  • Morning program: 8:30am -12:00pm
  • Afternoon program: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Evening program: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

This course prepares the student for:

  • Illinois Department of Public Health State EMT-B licensing examination (given at the college)
  • Entry-level job in EMS on a basic ambulance service

Prerequisites and Contact Information

Prerequisites for the E.M.S. program are:

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • EMS 101 (First Responder)
  • Current American Heart Association CPR for health care provider BLS card (includes infant, child and adult choking and CPR)
  • A "C" or better in English 099 and English 021 or appropriate COMPASS scores for English 101
  • Have a Police Criminal Background check completed through JJC that shows the student is free from any disqualifying misdemeanors or felonies. Forms are provided upon registration
  • Health physical including a drug screen will be required. The physical will include proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, and hepatitis B, a current TB test and current diptheria tetanus vaccination (within 10 years), and flu vaccination. Forms are provided upon registration

Course numbers to register for the EMT-B program are EMS 201 and EMS 209. Registration must be completed in person during open registration dates (details shown below). Forms for health physicals will be given to your when you come to register. The physical will be due on the day of mandatory orientation. Final acceptance will be dependent upon successful completion of EMS 101.

  • Contact Information: you must contact Courtney DeBoer at 815.280.2356 to register for EMT-B courses (EMS 201/209)
  • Location: Nursing/ Health/Public Services department (U building)
  • Room: U1002K
  • Days/Time: Monday - Thursday; 8:30am - 4:00pm

Once the student is licensed as an EMT-B, they are eligible for the Joliet Junior College EMT Paramedic (EMT-P) program. JJC is proud to provide a 12-month paramedic program that begind in August of each year. Applications and further information are available in May of each year from the JJC EMS Department and the Morris Hospital EMS website.

Note: Large ear piercings (Ear gauges -large holes in ears where plugs have been worn) will preclude a student from being accepted into the course due to ambulance ride along restrictions. Tattoos that are visible and cannot be covered will also preclude a student from being accepted into the course.

Morris Hospital EMS website