Emergency Medical Technology

Emergency medical personnel provide medical care to patients in times of crisis and emergency. Paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities. The paramedic performs many advanced procedures, including administering drugs, interpreting electrocardiograms (EKGs), performing endotracheal intubations, and using monitors, manual defibrillators and other complex equipment.

First responders offer basic medical assessment and care in times of crisis or emergency. Medical first responders may be emergency medical, police or fire personnel.

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Jackson College offers an associate degree in emergency medical technology. The curriculum meets the requirements of the Michigan Department of Community Health and needs to be taken in sequence. Each course prepares the student for the respective level of the state licensing examination. Concentration and skill set options are also available.

Job Opportunities

Medical first responder is the first level of licensure that the State of Michigan recognizes for professional emergency healthcare providers. They may have more skill than someone trained in basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but are not at the level of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics. Emergency medical technicians work primarily for ambulance services and government units, while some may work for hospitals, state, local and private services. Paramedics work primarily for ambulance services and government units, while some may work for hospitals, state, local and private services.

Pay

Pay scales for EMTs begin around $20,000 per year. Wages for paramedics start about $20,000, and median wages for paramedics range from $30,000-$40,000.

Career Outlook

Jobs are plentiful now in emergency medical services, and with the Baby Boomer generation getting older, the demand for workers is expected to grow to meet the rising need. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers are expected to grow 23 percent in the next several years, much faster than average.