Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Any SemesterCredits
EMS 2200 Emergency Medical Responder4
Year Total: 4
Total Credit Hours: 4

For additional information please consult a counselor at 815-224-0360 or Nick Fish at 815-224-0267..

General Physical Demands:

  • Walking and standing are major components of this job. Sitting is necessary for transportation to and from scenes of the emergency
  • The EMR student is required to assist in lifting and carrying injured or sick persons. They may be required to engage in pushing and/or pulling to assist with extrication and/or scene management. It is necessary to be able to lift and balance up to 125 pounds (250 with assistance). An example would be moving a patient on a backboard.
  • Have the strength and stamina to perform patient treatment such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation for lengthy periods of time.
  • Able to bend, stoop, balance and crawl on uneven terrain (flexible)
  • Ability to work in low light situations and confined spaces
  • Able to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold and moisture
  • Must not have a personal device or condition that is subject to interference by electronic equipment such as microwaves or cell phones
  • Must not have any personal issue with environmental factors such as allergens, latex or cologne that would limit ability to function safely.
  • Be able to climb and balance as needed to gain access to emergency sites, i.e. sites, hillsides, ladders
  • Good manual dexterity with the ability to perform all tasks related to emergency patient care and documentation.
  • Fine finger dexterity is needed for operating some equipment and skills such as inserting a needle or preparing medications
  • Tactile ability to sufficiently assess patients and their environments and to implement appropriate treatment.
  • Ability to discern deviations/changes such as eye/skin coloration during patient assessment and issues involved in scene safety and hazards
  • Ability to read road maps, accurately discern street signs and address numbers, read medication/prescription labels and directions for usage in a quick, accurate and expedient manner
  • Responding to patients, coworkers and other EMS agencies through hearing are necessary in a patient's need, transmitting information and following directions
  • Able to converse with dispatchers and EMS providers via phone, radio or computer
  • Be able to function with diverse communication tools
  • Detect sounds that can alert the medic to safety issues or patient concerns
  • Ability to detect sounds that relate to bodily functions using a stethoscope

EMR course may lead to State Certification and is not an IVCC Certificate.