Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, is accepting applications for its four-month Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training course. The course is scheduled to meet two times per week at the EMS Academy, 5220 W. 105th Street, Oak Lawn. The day session meets on Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning January 14; and the evening session meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. beginning January 15.
The EMT course is the first step toward becoming a paramedic. Students learn how to assess and manage patients with medical and traumatic emergencies before taking them to the hospital. Taught by seasoned paramedics, registered nurses and other critical care experts, the course covers delivering babies; emergency medical treatment for victims of heart attack, stroke, seizure, motor vehicle accidents, gunshot wounds and falls.
The course consists of 110 hours of classroom work, 24 hours of clinical rotations in the medical center’s emergency department and labor and delivery room, and 36 hours of ambulance training. The cost of the course is $1250, which includes a $250.00 non-refundable deposit. Tuition covers books, lab fees, background check, I.D., uniform shirt for clinical rotations and AHA Healthcare Provider CPR course.
Advocate Christ Medical Center’s EMT course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services, and accredited through the Illinois Community College Board. Students will be enrolled as Moraine Valley Community College students and will receive MVCC credits.
To learn more about the EMT course, an informational session will be held on Wednesday, December 6, at the EMS Academy beginning at 7 p.m. For additional information, contact Lisa Krch, lead instructor at 708-684-3759 or Kevin Forney, instructor at 708-684-3799.
Advocate Christ Medical Center is a 788-bed premier teaching institution with more than 1,500 affiliated physicians. Advocate Christ is a leader in health care and one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest in a number of specialties, including cancer care, cardiovascular services, heart, kidney and lung transplantation, neurosciences, orthopedics and women’s health. The hospital also has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois providing emergency care for more than 105,000 patient visits annually and is a leader in breakthrough technologies, including eICU® (electronic intensive care unit) monitoring, and the robotic da Vinci Surgery System®. Advocate Christ ranked fourth overall among hospitals in the state of Illinois and the Chicago Metro area according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2018-2019” list. The hospital is also recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Center. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession. Advocate Christ is part of Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit, integrated health system in the United States.