Emergency Medical Training in Michigan with Program Descriptions

Nov 30, 2018

Research emergency medical training programs in Michigan, which currently has roughly 25 colleges offering these programs. Read overviews of these certificate and degree programs and get some quick facts for two Michigan schools to decide which program is right for you.

Michigan EMT Programs

Many community colleges in Michigan offer certificate and associate's degree programs for emergency medical technician (EMT) training. EMT and similar training programs often include hands-on opportunities and may include an internship. Firefighter training may also be included as part of an EMT training program. These programs prepare students for licensure and certification exams after completion.

The two schools listed below, the two largest community colleges in Michigan, offer a variety of EMT training programs. Get curricula details as well as information regarding levels of study and length of each program. A table at the end of the article provides helpful statistical information for each of these schools.

  • Oakland Community College's main campus is located in Detroit, about 13 miles northwest of the downtown area. The college offers a 2-year degree program in emergency medical services, as well as two certificates at various EMT levels.
  • Macomb Community College has both beginning and more advanced EMT and paramedic studies at the certificate and associate's degree levels. The college is based approximately 20 miles northeast of downtown Detroit.

Comparison of Schools

Considering all factors of a school before enrolling in an emergency medical training program is beneficial. Below are facts and figures reflecting each schools' population, campus setting, tuition, graduation rates and financial aid availability.

Oakland Community College Macomb Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 17,116 21,014
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)* $2,360 (in-district)
$4,376 (in-state)
$4,376 (out-of-state)
$3,375 (in-district)
$6,041 (in-state)
$7,649 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 50% 41%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions policy) 100% (open admissions policy)
Retention Rate (2017)* 56% for full-time students 67% for full-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 11% 11%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Oakland Community College

Oakland Community College is a 2-year, public college located in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, MI. As the largest community college in Michigan, OCC enrolls more than 17,000 undergraduates in around 100 associate's degree and certificate programs.

Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

This 66- to 69-credit program prepares students for entry-level positions as emergency medical technicians, as well as to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam at three levels. The A.A.S. program covers basic EMT training with cardiology, pharmacology and emergency medical communications. Paramedic instruction includes I.V. insertion, intubation, rescue and extrication. Courses in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and English composition support the EMT curriculum. Hands-on training comes through clinical rotations. A firefighter technology degree program with EMT training is also available. Students looking for just one level of EMT training can enroll in the EMT or Paramedic Certificate programs.

Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College, a 2-year public college in Warren, MI, enrolls around 21,000 students in its certificate and associate's degree programs. MCC's Fire Academy has a state-of-the-art burn tower to train firefighters in Michigan.

Certificate in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

The 1-year EMS-Paramedic certificate program concentrates on patient care using medications and therapy for patients prior to arriving at the hospital. Both semesters of the 39-credit program include lab, lecture and clinical rotation components. In the second semester, students participate in lectures and clinicals. A final semester includes an advanced life support internship.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

Students successfully completing the program meet the requirements needed to sit for the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry EMT state licensing exam. The program covers paramedic procedures, pharmacology, ethics, human anatomy and physiology and comparative religions. Students experience clinical rotations during the course of the program.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic/Firefighter

The paramedic/firefighter associate degree program follows the same curriculum as the paramedic associate's degree, plus a semester of Fire Academy. Students learn and practice firefighting techniques in Macomb Community College's burn tower. Those interested in earning the certificate can look into the program of the same name for 51 credits.

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