Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Certificate

The Emergency Medical Services: EMT Basic Certificate program prepares the student to be entry-level in delivering safe, high quality emergency patient care. The EMT-B is trained to respond to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and to transport the patient to a medical facility. After receiving the call from the dispatcher, the EMT-B drives the ambulance to address or location given, using the most expeditious route, depending on traffic and weather conditions. The EMT-B must observe traffic ordinances and regulations concerning emergency vehicle operation.

The Emergency Medical Services Certificate (EMSC) will provide education beyond the Basic Emergency Medical Technician minimum state requirements. The program is offered three times per year (Fall, Spring, Summer). The certificate program is designed to offer students stackable credentials in EMT-B and Emergency Medical Responder or alternative health science pathway career choices. EMSC program will prepare students to become leaders, who are entry-level Emergency Medical Technicians, ready for the workforce or additional educational goals.

The program is designed in a hybrid format, offering course work online with hands-on practice in Jackson College’s state of the art simulation lab and driving simulator.

EMT Certificate Application

Minimum credits: 16
Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses: 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits: 16


Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 132 Human Biology 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Students focus on the structure and function of the human body, the unity and diversity of life, the nature of scientific inquiry, and the principles and processes of evolution as well as contemporary issues that relate to biology. Course includes a laboratory component which focuses on human anatomy.

EMS 113 Medical First Responder 4

The medical first responder course (MFR) is a minimum 64-hour lecture, lab and practical based emergency medical education program in a wide variety of medical and trauma settings. This level of education is the first level of licensure that the State of Michigan recognizes for a professional emergency healthcare provider. The scope of practice is typically utilized by rural fire departments, police and security agencies, industrial plant workers, lifeguards, search and rescue teams, along with private and public school personnel.

HOC 135 Electrocardiography Technician 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

This course will consist of an overview of the cardiovascular system, proper documentation and vital signs, along with HIPAA compliance and infection control in the clinical setting. The main focus of this course will be on how to perform and analyze an EKG and recognize various arrhythmias. Students will also learn about exercise electrocardiography and how to perform ambulatory monitoring. The course will also include extensive instruction on cardiovascular pharmacology.

HOC 145 Phlebotomy Technician 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

This course will prepare students for performing phlebotomy procedures in a variety of healthcare settings. Students will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the phlebotomist which will include infection control procedures, legal and ethics issues, working with special populations and situations, and proper specimen collection and handling procedures. The focus will be on performing venipuncture and capillary procedures properly to obtain specimens for various laboratory testing.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
EMS 123 EMT Basic Technology 12 ENG 085* and MAT 020* Corequisites: EMS 1220 (Lab) and EMS 1221 (Clinical)

The basic emergency medical technician course is a Michigan Department of Community Health approved course. This program provides the information and experience necessary to prepare the student to sit for the National Registry Basic EMT Certification exam. Topics include: legal responsibilities, anatomy, physiology, patient assessment, management of various emergency situations, extrication, and current standards for EMTs in the field. Students will also participate in scenario-based education and computer-based testing and scenarios to reinforce skills learned within these areas. Students must complete a minimum of four 12-hour experiences in the hospital emergency room setting and with a pre-hospital life support agency. Laboratory and clinical experiences are included.