Michigan EMT Certification Program Overviews

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) programs in Michigan, which currently has 24 colleges offering these programs. Read overviews of the degrees and certificates, and get some quick facts for two Michigan schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Michigan Schools with EMT Programs

EMTs in Michigan are required to complete a formal training program and pass an exam to receive state licensure, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Training programs are available at the EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic levels and can be found at multiple community colleges and 4-year universities throughout Michigan. Many programs result in a certificate, but some paramedic programs may award an associate's degree.

The two Michigan colleges below offer training at all three levels. Read details about clinical and classroom training in each program. Find helpful facts about both schools in the table appearing at the bottom of this article.

  • Oakland Community College is found approximately 13 miles north of downtown Detroit. It offers certificate and associate's degree programs for prospective EMTs and paramedics.
  • Wayne County Community College District's EMT programs are among several allied health programs offered by the college. The main campus is located in Detroit, roughly 13 miles northwest of the downtown area.

Oakland Community College

Oakland Community College is located in Bloomfield Hills. The school's emergency medical services (EMS) program offers multiple certificate programs and an associate's degree program for individuals interested in a career as an EMT. All of the programs provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on clinical experience.

Basic EMT Certificate

This 12-credit program prepares graduates to provide emergency care working in settings such as fire departments and ambulance services. The program covers medical emergencies, vital signs, patient assessment and traumatic emergencies. Graduates are prepared to seek certification as an EMT-Basic through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam.

Intermediate EMT Certificate

Graduates of this 32-credit program are required to complete the basic EMT requirements in addition to courses covering anatomy and physiology, rescue and extrication, EMS communications, endotracheal intubation and intravenous therapy. Those who complete the program can earn EMT-I certification by passing the Intermediate NREMT exam.

Paramedic Certificate

Material covered here prepares graduates to work as licensed paramedics. The 54-credit certificate program includes all of the basic and intermediate EMT requirements. Students are also required to complete a series of paramedic classroom and clinical courses, covering topics such as pharmacology, electrocardiogram principles, drug therapy, caring for pediatric patients and treating cardiac dysrhythmias.

Associate in Applied Science - Emergency Medical Services

The 73-credit associate's degree program entails all of the coursework and field experiences offered during the basic, intermediate and paramedic EMT certificate programs. Additional general education coursework in areas such as English is also required. Students gain clinical experience in settings such as paramedic ambulances, operating rooms, psychiatric care areas and emergency rooms.

Wayne County Community College District

Wayne County Community College District offers a wide range of associate's degree and certificate programs in medical areas such as nursing, pharmacy technology, surgical technology and mental health. The school's EMT programs prepare graduates for Michigan licensure and NREMT certification at the basic, intermediate and paramedic levels.

Basic EMT Certificate

The 9-credit basic EMT program includes both classroom instruction and clinical experience in hospitals and other emergency medical settings. Topics covered include patient assessment, airway management, oxygen therapy, environmental emergencies, IV maintenance, cardiovascular disease and patient handling.

EMT Specialist Certificate

This intermediate EMT program is just seven credits in length and includes both classroom and clinical instruction. It is designed for those who have completed basic EMT training and are interested in working with hospital emergency departments or ALS agencies. Emphasis is placed on improving basic EMT skills such as fluid therapy, airway management and patient assessment.

EMT Paramedic Certificate

This 53-credit program covers medical legal issues, cardiology, trauma emergencies, pediatric emergencies, obstetrics, infectious diseases, crime scene awareness and medical incident command. Students also gain clinical experience with cardiac monitoring, IV therapy and medication administration. Graduates are eligible to seek licensure as a paramedic.

Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services

This 91-credit program covers all of the information included as part of the basic, specialist and paramedic certificate programs. Graduates of the program are able to seek Michigan licensure and national certification as an EMT at all three skill levels. EMT training is augmented by general education requirements in subjects such as English and sociology.

Comparison of Schools

You might examine all factors of a school before choosing one for EMT studies. Below you can find statistics and facts regarding each college's tuition, population, retention and graduate rates and campus setting.

Oakland Community College Wayne County Community College District
School Type2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2013)26,405* 18,119*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)$2,397 (in-district)*
$4,278 (in-state)*
$5,961 (out-of-state)*
$2,716 (in-district)*
$2,980 (in-state)*
$3,700 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2012-2013)68%* 91%*
Acceptance Rate (2013)100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2013)48%* 41%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2013)11%* 13%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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