Illinois Fire Service Institute


Contact Info

Illini Union, 115A
1401 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-9492

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 6 PM

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Classes

American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider (HCP) Courses

Intended Audience

This course is intended for certified or non-certified, licensed or non-licensed healthcare professionals or students. This level of certification is required to work IEMS events. IEMS will not accept Red Cross, AHA Heartsaver, or lifeguard certifications.

Course Description

The BLS for Healthcare Provider course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED (automated external defibrillator) and BVM (bag valve mask), and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner to both adult and pediatric populations. The length of the course is approximately 4 hours.

Student materials include the BLS for Healthcare Provider Student Manual, which IEMS and IFSI members can rent from the IEMS office from 10 AM-6 PM and IFSI library from 8 AM-5 PM.

A written exam and skills test must be successfully completed and are required to be certified. CPR certificates are not always available immediately following the class, so please do not sign up for a class the day before you need a CPR card. Upon completion of the class, you will receive your electronic CPR card via email from AHA Instructor Network. In the email entitled "Your AHA eCard," you will be able to claim your eCard and save it as a PDF to send to any organization that requires a CPR card. If two weeks pass after passing the course and an eCard is not sent to the email you listed on the IFSI registration page or in your spam folder, notify IEMS at so we can ensure your eCard is sent.

Registration and Payment

Registration for classes must be done online through the IFSI website link. The class fee is $25.00 for IEMS members, $40.00 for University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff, and $50.00 for non-university affiliated persons. You will receive an invoice from IFSI after your class. This invoice can be paid through your student account, by calling IFSI to pay via credit card, or by sending a check to the address listed on the invoice. IEMS will not accept any payment for CPR classes in the office or at class. In order to qualify for the IEMS member discount you must have created an IEMS account prior to registering for your CPR class. Any questions can be directed to the office (room 115A on the ground floor of the Illini Union) or to


If you should choose to cancel your CPR class, please e-mail IEMS at and let us know as soon as possible. IEMS reserves the right to charge for the class if you do not notify us in writing in a timely manner (at least 24 hours in advance of the class). If the student comes forward with acceptable documentation and/or excuse after the cancellation fee has been imposed, the fee can be waived. This will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Education and the CPR Education Officer.

Healthcare Provider Schedule

BLS for Healthcare Provider classes are regularly scheduled at the English Building in room 69 on Sundays from 12-4 PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-10 PM. If you are part of a larger group that would like to schedule classes outside of the regular schedule, please contact our BLS CPR Education Officer at

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AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid Courses

Intended Audience

Those assigned to respond to emergencies in the workplace or community as well as those who want to learn first aid, CPR and AED skills. Some rescuers are required to take this course as part of their employer's efforts to comply with OSHA regulations, e.g., corporate employees, security guards, airline personnel, lifeguards and other individuals who want or need first aid training. This class is not intended for healthcare professionals or students.

Course Description

The Heartsaver First Aid Course provides the skills to effectively assess and maintain life from the critical minutes immediately following an emergency until the arrival of emergency medical services personnel. The course also provides corporations with a complete health and safety training solution for First Aid, CPR and AED.

Heartsaver Schedule

Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid classes are regularly scheduled at the ARC on Sundays from 12-4 PM and Wednesdays from 6-10 PM. If you are part of a larger group that would like to schedule classes outside of the regular schedule, please contact our Heartsaver CPR Education Officer at Please note that this certification level is not high enough to volunteer with IEMS.

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AHA Heartsaver First Aid ONLY Courses

Intended Audience

The Heartsaver First Aid only course is intended to supplement the education of our IEMS CPR volunteers so that they may better assist their lead EMT-B. However, this class is also open to U of I affiliates and members of the public. This class is not intended for healthcare professionals or students and is considered a layrescuer certification. Campus Recreation staff should sign up for the Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid course.

Course Description

This class teaches a broad overview of First Aid topics, such as what to do in the case of a traumatic emergency (bleeding control, splinting, tourniquet usage, amputation, etc.), medical emergency (low blood sugar in diabetics, stroke, chest pain, and seizures, etc.), and environmental emergency (heat exhaustion vs. stroke, hypothermia, insect and animal bites, etc.). The course is approximately 3 hours long, in addition to a brief skills test. Students will receive an AHA Heartsaver First Aid certificate 1-2 weeks after successful completion of the course and the skills test.

Heartsaver Schedule

The First Aid only class is regularly scheduled at the English Building in room 69 on Mondays from 6-10 PM. If you are part of a larger group that would like to schedule classes outside of the regular schedule, please contact our BLS CPR Education Officer at

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BLS Instructor Courses

Occasional training courses are offered to become a certified AHA BLS Instructor. These instructors are responsible for teaching new members the theory and practical skills of CPR, rescue breathing, and choking management for adults, children, and infants at the Healthcare Provider level. The BLS Instructor is also qualified to teach Heartsaver CPR/AED as well as First Aid. This is a unique way to become a leader in IEMS, and your teaching may give someone the skills and knowledge necessary to make a difference in a patient’s life. Prospective instructor candidates can contact the Director of Education at for more information.

IEMS Training Nights

General Information

IEMS will offer monthly training nights available for signup on iBoards. Training events will include an overview of EMS with topics such as CPR refresher nights, equipment usage, patient assessment, documentation, radio usage, first aid scenarios and more. These events are free and not for certification and are not officially recognized by AHA as refresher courses. However, some events may qualify as continuing education for EMTs, and are great opportunities for CPR members to learn how to best help the lead EMT during operational events.

EMT-Basic Course

General Information

IEMS teaches an EMT-Basic course during the fall and spring academic semesters. The course is open to anyone interested with the appropriate prerequisites (please see below). Students in past classes range from those interested in future health careers in medicine, nursing, pre-hospital care, physical therapy, or physician assistant as well as those in other fields such as engineering, computer science, political science, foreign language, or business. Most EMT students are also students at the University of Illinois. Class size is limited to 24 students per class, with the possibility of additional class sections if there is a very large applicant pool. This course is a unique opportunity for each student to receive training that will enable them to affect the lives of others. IEMS takes this training very seriously and students are expected to do the same. At the same time, students are also encouraged to enjoy the experience. Interesting subject matter and enthusiastic instructors are used to enrich the course.

The EMT-Basic course is a time-consuming and semester long class, and though it is the equivalent of a five hour University of Illinois course, the University does not offer credit for the course as it is run entirely through IEMS. Students are expected to attend six hours of class time each week and approximately four hours of practical time on designated lecture days. In addition to class time, there will be intense amounts of reading and online lectures each student must complete on his or her own time outside of class. Also, each student will be required to complete twenty-four hours of clinical requirements on his or her own time. Students should plan to allocate at least nine hours each week for this course.

The EMT course is taught by the lead instructor and assisted by EMT-B licensed practical and class coordinators, as well as various qualified guest lecturers including but not limited to doctors, nurses, and paramedics. Practical sessions are run by the EMT Department with help from trained EMT proctors, CPR-Instructors, licensed EMTs, and other volunteers that are both members and non-members of IEMS. With the implementation of online lectures, evening classes dedicate more time towards learning practical skills and equipment usage. Our goal is for the EMT-B students to become well-rehearsed in their response to medical and trauma emergencies such as cardiac and respiratory arrest, strokes, diabetic emergencies, musculoskeletal injuries, penetrating traumatic injuries, burns, emergency childbirth and more.

Clinical experience is a required portion of the EMT class. Students for Illini EMS complete Emergency Department clinical time at Carle Foundation Hospital. Students also complete Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance ride time at Professional Ambulance. EMT students are trained to take the National Registry of EMTs licensure exam at the end of the course. IEMS is proud to have an excellent passing rate of above 90% of students that take the exam, with the Spring 2015 class having a passing rate of 100%. Upon passing the certification exam, students will be eligible to receive both National Registry certification and State of Illinois licensure.


  • Completed EMT application
  • Sign a Volunteer Agreement Form in the IEMS office (Illini Union 115A)
  • Current AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR card
  • IEMS membership
  • Payment of application and course fees (defined in application)
  • Record of up-to-date immunizations (MMR, Hep B, Varicella)
  • Flu shot valid through the entirety of the course
  • Proof of negative two-step TB test valid through the entirety of the course (Acceptable alternatives are the Quantiferon Gold blood test within the past year, or a negative-result chest X-ray within the past 5 years).
  • 18 years of age or will be by the National Exam
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Ability to lift at least 100 lbs from the ground to waist level

To review the course requirements in detail, please refer to the EMT application when it is released. EMT applications are typically released towards the end of each semester before finals. If you have any questions, please contact the instructor or practical or class coordinators with the contact information provided. Click Here to Apply Online

Contact Information

Instructor: Nick Parks
Class Coordinators: Gabriele Noreikaite
Practical Coordinator: Jerome Williams

11 Gerty Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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