Academic Programs
Emergency Services

Emergency Services

First Responders Delivering Patient to EmergencyRoom

EMT and First Responder

The EMT and First Responder programs are presented in conjunction with St. James Hospitals and Health Centers, where you’ll learn from Illinois Department of Public Health lead instructors. These individuals have passed a 40-hour course in teaching EMT and have at least three years of experience as both instructors and professionals in the field.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

The EMT program provides students with the knowledge and skill needed to handle the critically ill and injured in a pre-hospital care environment. Areas covered include cardiac arrests, fractures, injuries, and childbirth. Students are prepared for the certification exam, which requires them to be at least 18 years of age. Students may obtain an information packet about prerequisite physical examination and immunizations from the Nursing Department at Prairie State College prior to the start of the course. Students must score a 78 or better on the reading portion of the placement test to enroll in the course.

First Responder Certificate

This program trains citizens, fire fighters, police officers and others to respond to emergency situations in the home, community, or workplace. Students will obtain CPR certification upon successful completion of this course.

Degrees and Certificates

View the curriculum for each program in the current Academic Catalog. You can also access the entire catalog online. An archive of previous catalogs and addenda is also available.

Please visit Career Programs and Transfer Degrees, where you will find information describing the requirements needed to complete a degree or certificate.


A listing of course descriptions is available in the current Academic Catalog. For a listing of when courses are offered, consult the current course schedule or WebAdvisor.

Contact Us

For more information the EMT and First Responder certificates, contact:

Patty Zuccarello

Dean, Allied Health and Emergency Services
Phone: (708) 709-3648
email: pzuccarello@prairiestate.edu
Office: 2241