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South Suburban College to debut Emergency Medical Responder course this summer

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (May 27, 2024) – South Suburban College has announced it will start a Emergency Medical Responder course this summer, allowing students to obtain a state license as an EMR.

The eight-week course is three credit hours, and is designed to be an entry-level step toward completing EMT training later on. A grade of “B” or higher in the course qualifies students to move one to the EMT program.

“This is a great opportunity for entry level individuals to start their career in EMS. Most private ambulance services in the area will hire EMRs for driving the ambulance, assisting the EMTs in patient care and lifting/moving the patient, and CPR/BLS provider skills,” said Sonya Odegaard, EMTP Lead Instructor at South Suburban College.

Classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting June 4 and ending July 25. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We have grants available to help the student with tuition, fees, and textbooks,” Odegaard said.

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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
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