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Emergency Medical Services: Classes and Course Information
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Classes and Course Information

Class Descriptions

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic:

This semester-long program is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the emergency medical services profession, and the treatment of the sick and injured. In accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Standard Curriculum for the EMT-Basic, and the Illinois Department of Public Health, this program focuses on honing the knowledge, skills and abilities that will allow students to properly assess and treat a wide variety of medical emergencies in the pre-hospital setting. Topics include: cardiac arrest, respiratory emergencies, shock and bleeding, trauma care, emergency childbirth, fracture splinting, wound care, diabetic emergencies, basic anatomy and physiology, lifting and moving techniques, basic pharmacology, ambulance operations, scene safety, and personal protection strategies. This course is taught to prepare students to successfully challenge the National Registry Examination for the EMT-Basic and/or the Illinois Department of Public Health Licensing Examination for the EMT-Basic. Prerequisite: Completion of a Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course.

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

Central DuPage Hospital Emergency Medical Services System (EMSS) Paramedic training programs are currently utilizing the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Curriculum as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for those interested in attaining Paramedic certification. EMSS is a hospital based program for the delivery of pre-hospital stabilization of ill and injured patients. Central DuPage Hospital is a designated EMSS resource hospital by the State of Illinois. This designation specifies certain responsibilities in the delivery of pre-hospital care. Among these are the training and education of Paramedic personnel. Paramedic program normally begins in August of each year and are one year in length.  Registration is through COD with classes held at the hospital. Clinical rotations are scheduled at the hospital. 

Emergency Communications Registered Nurse (ECRN)

The Emergency Communications Registered Nurse monitors EMS telecommunications from pre-hospital providers, and acts as a designee of the EMS System Medical Director to collaborate with EMTs and Paramedics in the field. This ECRN course provides the experienced Emergency Department nurse with the necessary information to perform this extended role competently and confidently. The course will also prepare candidates for the written examination required by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety. Prerequisites: RN license with two years of Emergency Department experience (or equivalent), ACLS or ECG Interpretation, recommendation of Emergency Department Director or Nurse Coordinator.

Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD)

The Emergency Medical Dispatcher is trained to offer adult and pediatric pre-arrival medical instructions to individuals calling 911. As one of the earliest links in the chain of survival, and the first step in initiating and coordinating an EMS response, EMDs provide a vital service to the general public. This 24-hour EMD course is taught in accordance with the National Standard Curriculum of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Apply to be a DuPage EMD.

Course Information


CDH is a training center for:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Trauma Nurse Core Certification (TNCC) 

These certifications are offered throughout the year on-site and off-site.

For more information, or to register call 630-933-4576 and select option I.