Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic Certificate

The Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic Diploma is a CAAHEP-accredited program that prepares the student for employment as an advanced emergency medical care giver. Content areas are covered in lectures; practical skills are developed in laboratory settings; and clinical applications are divided between prehospital and hospital rotations. A 250-hour, non-paid externship experience with a local ambulance company is the capstone course for completion of the program requirement.

The curriculum meets the requirements of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)and needs to be taken in sequence. Program courses prepare the student for the National Registry of Emergency Medic Technicians (NREMT) exam(s) National Registration of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) – Paramedic Psychomotor and Cognitive Exams. Once the student passes the NREMT exams they are eligible to apply for state licensure as a Paramedic. Practical skills are graded on a pass/fail basis, and students must pass all practical exams to successfully complete each course. Clinical performance is evaluated by attendance and feedback from ambulance and hospital personnel along with the clinical facilitator. Attendance policies are regulated by the state. Upon successfully completing all college requirements, a student will qualify for a diploma.

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.

Paramedic Certificate Application

Minimum credits: 52
Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses: 2.0

RELATED REQUIREMENTS

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.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Take 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 180 Paramedic Advanced Practice I 5

This course is designed to prepare the student for licensure as an advanced emergency medical technician (paramedic) in the State of Michigan. This course includes patient assessment techniques and concepts, advanced airway management, fluid and shock resuscitation, acid/base and body buffer systems, and multi-systems trauma treatments. Included in this course is a module on medical terminology. The course involves medical procedures and use of equipment as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Community Health, and Jackson County Medical Control Authority.

EMS 182 Paramedic Pharmacology I 2

This course is designed to provide the paramedic students with a knowledge of basic pharmacological principles, biological factors influencing drug actions, predictable effects of drugs on physiologic problems, modifiers of predictable effects, commonalities and variations between the actions of drugs employed for comparable therapeutic effect, adverse effects of drugs that can and do commonly occur, and application for pharmacological therapy in the pre-hospital setting. Concentration will focus on cardiovascular drugs in this semester.

EMS 183 Paramedic Cardiology I 2

This is a course designed to provide knowledge in cardiology to fulfill the needs of the paramedic program. This course involves medical procedures and use of equipment as stated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Community Health, and the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support standards. Topics include: rapid interpretation of EKGs, static recognition of EKGs, electrical therapy, pharmacological therapy, and basic algorithms for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.

EMS 184 Pediatric Advanced Support 2

This course is designed to provide the paramedic student with the skills and knowledge to handle pediatric emergencies in the pre-hospital setting. Pediatric patients are not treated as young adults. They are a distinct population with different responses to injuries than adults.

EMS 187 Paramedic Skill Lab I 2

This course is designed to provide the paramedic student with the skills as prescribed by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) for the paramedic curriculum. This course includes skill practice and scenarios (both computer and classroom).

EMS 188 Paramedic Clinical I 3

This course is designed to provide the first semester clinical hours necessary to meet the requirements of the Michigan Department of Community Health Paramedic curriculum. This course includes clinical rotations at various sites including ambulance, hospital and skilled care facilities. In addition, classroom time is scheduled to review clinical procedures and review progress of the students.

EMS 190 Paramedic Advanced Practice II 5

This course is designed to prepare the student for licensure as a paramedic in the State of Michigan. The course involves medical procedures and use of equipment as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Michigan Department of Community Health, and Jackson County Medical Control Authority. Topics include: advanced life support in gynecological emergencies, behavioral emergency management, gastrointestinal emergencies, lab test analysis, and other medical emergencies.

EMS 192 Paramedic Pharmacology II 2

This course is designed to provide pharmacological information on the remaining non-cardiac drugs, which a paramedic will experience in the pre-hospital and hospital setting. This course is based on the paramedic education program requirements as set by the Michigan Department of Health.

EMS 193 Paramedic Cardiology II 2

This course is designed to provide knowledge in cardiology to fulfill the needs of the AEMT (paramedic) program. This course involves medical procedures and use of equipment as stated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Community Health, and the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support standards. Topics include pathophysiology of heart disorders, 12 lead EKG interpretation, pediatric ACLS and pharmacological therapy.

EMS 194 Paramedic Advanced Practice III 5

This course provides the paramedic student the knowledge in the transport of patients with special considerations and advanced EMT operations as prescribed in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s paramedic curriculum. Student will take a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of this course for certification by Jackson College. This certification can be used as evidence of completion for the National Registry Exam (passage of which leads to licensing in most U.S. states).

EMS 197 Paramedic Skill Lab II 2

This course is designed to provide the paramedic student with the skills as prescribed by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) for the paramedic curriculum. This course includes skill practice and scenarios (both computer and classroom).

EMS 198 Paramedic Clinical II 3

This course is designed to provide the second semester clinical hours necessary to meet the requirements of the Michigan Department of Community Health Paramedic curriculum. This course includes clinical rotations at various sites including ambulance, hospital and skilled care facilities. In addition, classroom time is scheduled to review clinical procedures and review progress of the students.

EMS 245 Paramedic Clinical Internship

This course is designed to provide the field internship as prescribed by Michigan Department of Transportation and the requirements of the Michigan Department of Community Health paramedic curriculum. This course is the last course taken as part of the paramedic program. This course includes clinical rotations at ambulance services as the lead paramedic under the supervision of a field paramedic. Students are expected to complete their clinical competencies during this class. In addition, classroom time is scheduled to review clinical procedures and review progress of the students. This course includes up to eight hours of medical simulation to help achieve any missing paramedic competencies.