Certificate and associate's degree programs are widely available for those who want to qualify for the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam for licensure as a Michigan EMT. These programs usually require that one has earned CPR certification before enrollment, and they are made up of a combination of coursework, lab work and clinical internships. Some programs, especially those leading to an associate's degree, also prepare graduates to become paramedics. All programs provide students with the skills needed to assess and treat patients in emergency medical situations.
Schoolcraft College, located in Livonia, Michigan, offers programs in over 60 different areas of study, including certificate and associate's degree programs for prospective EMTs. Both programs qualify students to take the NREMT certification exam for state licensure.
The EMT certificate program includes three levels of paramedic technology classes, as well as classes in basic emergency medical technology, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology. Students learn through lectures, lab work and internships. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program has the certificate program's courses along with general education courses.
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Baker College, located in Flint, Michigan, offers a wide range of academic programs, including options for prospective EMTs. Students in this highly-concentrated program take only courses specific to emergency medical technology, and learn about patient assessment, emergency respiratory and cardiac care, CPR, medication administration, and medical terminology. Students will need to earn 24 quarter hours, and successful completion of this program prepares students to sit for the NREMT basic and paramedic state licensing examinations.
Lansing Community College
Located in Lansing, this school offers a Basic Emergency Medical Technician Program that awards a certificate of completion. In addition to medical skills, students will learn about other topics, such as workplace communication, that will be useful in future careers. The program can be completed in a single semester, but students with busy work schedules can also take evening courses and split their studies into two semesters, allowing them to earn the certificate at a more reasonable pace. Motivated students can also pursue the accelerated option, which can be completed in just 8 weeks.
Gogebic Community College
Gogebic Community College is located in Ironwood and offers several relevant training programs. The school features the standard EMT certificate training program, as well as a pair of programs for aspiring emergency medical services paramedics. Students can choose between a certificate or an associate of applied science programs. Each of these programs is fully certified by the state of Michigan and prepares graduates to sit for licensure examinations.
Henry Ford College
This Dearborn-based school offers an associate of applied science program that prepares students for employment as EMTs. Students begin by taking general education courses, which provide a well-rounded education in subjects such as chemistry and history. Students then begin their medical training, dividing their time between theoretical studies in the classroom and practical lab work.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Schoolcraft College||2-year, public; small city|| Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic Certificate
AAS in Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic
|$3,564 (in-district), $4,854 (in-state), $6,834 (out-of-state)*|
|Baker College||4-year, private; large suburb||Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic Certificate||$8,640*|
|Lansing Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Basic Emergency Medical Technician Certificate||$4,960 (in-district), $6,720( in- state), $8,480 (out-of-state)**|
|Gogebic Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic Certificate, Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Certificate and Associate of Applied Science||$4,344 (in-district), $5,708 (in-state), $6,607 (out-of-state)*|
|Henry Ford College||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science, Emergency Medical Technician||$$2,798 in-district, $4,382 in-state, $5,990 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Lansing Community College.