Putting out a call for EMS workers; careers in demand

Emergency Medical Services

Jackson College launched a new and improved emergency medical services program this spring!

With state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, students will be well prepared for EMS careers by starting at Jackson College. Students learn on an ambulance right in their lab, in addition to a driving simulator on campus. Courses combine online and face-to-face learning in a convenient schedule that requires coming to campus just one day a week.

Paramedics and emergency medical technicians are a lifeline in times of crisis. Strong leaders with a heart for helping others may find EMS careers a good fit. In Michigan, demand is high for EMS professionals. The state estimates about 500 openings.

Jackson College’s programs allow students to stack their credentials as they progress through advancing levels of skill. Becoming an EMT requires less time and training than becoming a paramedic, while a paramedic may perform more advanced medical care than an EMT.

EMS Pathway Descriptions

  • EMT – Paramedic Certificate: The EMT-P certificate requires a minimum of 43-55 credits
  • EMT – Basic Certificate: the EMT-Basic certificate requires a minimum of 16 credits
  • EMT – Basic Courses: The EMT-Basic requires a minimum of 12 credits
  • EMR – License Courses: The EMR license requires a minimum of 6 credits

High school students attending career centers may earn credit for classes they have already taken through new “articulation” agreements. Speak with a student success navigator to learn more.

For more information, contact EMS Program Director Robert Vanderkarr, 517.796.8509.