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Heartland and McLean County Area EMS form partnership

December 3, 2015
Students engage in hands-on learning in an EMT class.

Heartland Community College and the McLean County Area Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are teaming up to offer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses. Starting January 2016, classes will be offered through Heartland and taught by McLean County EMS.

Previously, both Heartland and McLean County EMS were offering EMT courses. Dean of Health and Human Services at HCC, Becky LaMont, says combining resources and forming a partnership benefits both agencies and gives the community a quality program. “Heartland can offer credit and financial aid while McLean County EMS can provide accredited curriculum, materials and instruction,” she said. 

Dylan Ferguson, EMS System Director for McLean County Area EMS calls it a win-win for everyone involved and is excited about the possibilities the partnership can bring.

There are four levels to EMS, which include First Responder, EMT Basic, EMT Intermediate and Paramedic. The current plan is to offer EMT Basic, an eight-credit-hour course administered over one academic semester. The course teaches students current practices of pre-hospital emergency care for critically ill or injured people. It also includes labs and fieldwork.

“We’re going to start small as a proof-of-concept,” explained Ferguson. “If all goes well, we can start migrating our other courses to Heartland. Eventually, we want to expand and offer an EMS degree or public safety program.”

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Check out Heartland's catalog to learn more about EMS.

Those interested in enrolling in EMT Basic can contact HCC’s Academic Advising at 309-268-8033. For questions about becoming an EMT or the course, contact McLean County Area EMS at 309-827-4348.

Written by: Becky Gropp