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The Full Story


It all started when we were undergraduates at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Marty and Victor were part of a handful of students that wanted to bring a student-led EMS group to campus. A year into it, the group realized it needed a source of EMTs since the current ones were graduating. Marty was asked to lead this endeavor and became the lead instructor of UIC EMS with his first class hosting 17 students. Since then we've consistently cultivated the greatest number of quality EMTs every Fall, Spring, and Summer semester that average about a 90% pass rate on the NREMT. 

Fast forward to the present, and we're ready to take the EMT program to new heights. We are striving to become THE premiere EMT program in the Chicagoland area through holistic education and eclectic clinical opportunities.

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EMS education for everyone, everywhere


We envision the cultivation of profound understanding and appreciation of emergency medical services as well as healthcare in general. From high school graduates to students with full-time jobs, we will ensure each students’ needs will be met with competence and enthusiasm. By 2030, we will:

  • Be the premiere EMS training program in Chicago

  • Maintain our high pass rate of the class and the NREMT

  • Provide opportunities for underserved communities and countries to partake in the class

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Located in the Pilsen Neighborhood
We wanted to stay near the medical district and central to many of the expressways. There is free street parking on Hoyne ave and Cermak Rd (on Sundays)


Jon Sanchez-Molina
(Summer 18)

A few years ago, I had the privilege of attending the UIC EMS summer program. The guidance and knowledge provided to me by the entire staff at UIC EMS made even the most complex topics understandable and enjoyable. To this day, when I tell my peers I went through the UIC EMS program, I recognize an immediate surge in expectations and trust. I truly believe UIC EMS is the best EMT program in the midwest and highly recommend it to anyone looking to begin their journey into the world of EMS.

Jonathan Besecker
(Spring 19)

The class showed me that with the right mindset and experienced teachers, you can truly make an impact should someone need emergency medical care. Marty and Victor go above and beyond to ensure that students are prepared, calm, and collected for the unpredictable. With years of experience and real life examples, they bring to life what students will see in the field, preparing them for clinical rotations, the NREMT, and a future life equipped with the skills for Basic Life Support. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to better not only their lives, but those around them. Invest in yourself and take this course; you never know when you may need it.

Conner Little
(Summer 20)

Even with the pandemic going on, you guys were still able to put on such a great class where I learned so much. I was able to pass the NREMT on the first try because of how prepared your course made me feel. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it with you guys in a heartbeat. Thank you!

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