Vanguard Weiss Memorial Hospital’s EMT Program is run by Trudy Casey, P.A., EMT Director/Coordinator. Casey offers over 35 years of experience in the EMS field, in addition to being Chicago’s first female paramedic. The classes, which cover practical skills, are taught by doctors, nurses, paramedics and EMTs.
When are EMT classes held?
Classes are held every Monday and Wednesday in Weiss Memorial Hospital’s auditorium, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Classes start in January, May and September. Registration begins before the start of each semester on a first come, first served basis.
About the EMT Program:
To pass the EMT program students must score an 80 percent or above. Students graduate as an EMT. A passing score qualifies students to take the state or national board exam in order to become licensed and certified as an EMT.
The EMT program works with four ambulance companies (Lifeline, Superior, ATI and MedEx) to train students on such procedures as moving and lifting patients with stretchers, oxygen therapy and equipment, and radio communications. There will be an Auto Extrication class with the Lincolnwood Fire Department. Students will work a shift in the emergency department.
The EMT program is licensed and certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Division of Emergency Medical Services. The total cost of the program is $1,400. A portion of the fee is paid on registration and the balance can be placed on a payment plan. Tuition MUST be paid in full by midterm exams.
Who is eligible to attend EMT certification training?
Students may apply for the EMT program if they are 18 years of age and are high school graduates or the equivalent. Most students are college graduates in the pre-med field and others have decided to go into the healthcare field.
For more information:
Contact Trudy Casey, P.A., at (847) 566-2828, or at Weiss on Mondays and Wednesdays at (773) 564-5244, for more information about the EMT program or to register.