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Paramedic Program 

The Paramedic Program continues its widely recognized status as one of the strongest in the State of Michigan, and continues with its commitment towards excellence for faculty, staff, students and the community. The Lansing Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) located at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756. They can be contacted at (727) 210-2350 or at

For questions surrounding the Paramedic Program please contact Lisa Ferris-McCann at or the Health and Human Services Program Office at 483-1410.

General Program Information

LCC offers two options for completing the Paramedic Program with a course of study preparing the Basic EMT in advanced techniques of administering care in life threatening situations. Students are accepted in to the program every fall semester with a limited number of openings each year. Students receive clinical experience in both hospital and ambulance sites.

Certificate of Achievement - 36 credit hour program completed in two semesters, plus an arranged internship.

Associate Degree - 72 credit hour program including completion of the Basic EMT Certificate Program curriculum, the Paramedic Certificate Program curriculum and core curriculum courses.

Graduates of either course of study are required to take the licensing examination offered by the National Registry of EMT's to practice as a paramedic. Once licensed by the National Registry, application can be made for state licensure with the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health Division of Emergency Medical Services. The license must be renewed every three years.

The LPN/Paramedic to RN Advanced Standing Program is available for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) or licensed Paramedics, to pursue a degree as a Registered Nurse. For complete information an Advanced Standing Advising Guide may be requested either at or by calling (517) 483-1410. Students meeting the qualifications may apply for Advanced Standing admission to the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Selective Admission Information

The Paramedic Program is a selective admission program Students meeting Phase I Admission Requirements will be ranked for admittance into the program using a point value system. Points will only be awarded to students who meet the Phase I requirements at the time selection of students for admission is made.

All admission procedures are coordinated through the Enrollment Services Office, which has responsibility for distributing, receiving, and dating application forms. Therefore, any student desiring admission into this program should contact the Enrollment Services Office, Gannon Building, Room 203, (517) 483-1200, email to receive an application or go to to print an application. The student may then contact the program advisor for further information.

The student applicant is responsible for providing verification of other education experience information not contained in the current Lansing Community College official transcript.

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Continuing Education Information

Basic Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic

Nature of Work

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) typically are dispatched to the scene of an incident by a 911 operator and often with with-or are themselves-police and/or fire officers. Once they arrive, they determine the nature and extent of the patient's condition and try to ascertain whether the patient has preexisting medical problems. Following strict rules and guidelines, they give appropriate emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient. Emergency treatments for more complicated problems are carried out under the direction of physicians by radio preceding or during transport.

The EMT is trained to care for patients on accident scenes and on transport by ambulance to the hospital under medical directions. The EMT has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, trauma and many medical emergencies.

Most career EMTs work in metropolitan areas. There are many more volunteer EMTs in smaller cities, towns, and rural areas. They volunteer for fire departments, emergency medical services, or hospitals and may respond to only a few calls for service per month, or may answer the majority of calls, especially in smaller communities.

Skills You Need

EMTs and paramedics are required to have physical and emotional strength and stamina, as well as skills in interpersonal relationships, effective communication and critical thinking. Students must have a high school diploma or GED and complete the educational requirements set forth by the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services, EMS Division.

Employment Prospects

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow 20-35 percent through 2010. Population growth and urbanization will increase the demand for full-time paid EMTs rather than for volunteers. In addition, a large segment of the population-the aging baby boomers-will further spur demand for EMT services, as they become more likely to have medical emergencies.

To practice in the state of Michigan, individuals must pass the written practical exam prescribed by the National Registry of EMTs Upon completion apply for a Michigan EMS License through the Michigan Department of Community Health, EMS Division. The license must be renewed every three years.

Expected Earnings

Earnings for EMTs depend on the employment setting and geographic location as well as the individual's training and experience. The average salary for an EMT is $14,000-$18,000, increases when based with a hospital or fire service.


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Course Offerings

Many of the courses listed below are offered at LCC throughout the academic year and can be taken to upgrade current skills or fulfill degree and certificate requirements. Visit the Course Offerings page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.

Paramedic - Admission Requirements

The student applicant is required to:

  1. Submit an application and application fee of $50 for selective admission to the Student Finance (Cashier's) Office prior to the established deadline date.
  2. Provide Lansing Community College with transcripts from all other college(s) attended.
  3. Take math, reading, and writing placement exams in Assessment Center, GB-Suite 2100. Scores will be used to advise applicant of additional preparation recommended before entering the program.
  4. Provide proof of successful completion of Basic EMT.
  5. Successfully complete BIOL 145or BIOL 201 and BIOL 202 courses with a 2.5 grade or better.
  6. Attend all scheduled orientation meetings.
  7. Provide a copy of their official driving license.
  8. Submit copy of iCHAT report.*
  9. Provide evidence of good physical and mental health.

*After obtaining qualified status

All admission requirements and program information is available in the Paramedic Program Advising Guide. Please click on the link below to view a current copy of the guide.

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Physical Guidelines - Basic Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic

Students must be able to do

  1. STRENGTH. Perform physical activities requiring ability to push/pull objects more than 50 pounds and to transfer objects of more than 100 pounds.
  2. MANUAL DEXTERITY. Perform motor skills such as standing, walking, writing; manipulative skills requiring eye-hand coordination and arm-hand steadiness, taking blood pressure, and using various types of large and small equipment.
  3. COORDINATION. Perform body coordination such as walking, running, climbing stairs, retrieving equipment and moving patients from the floor/bed/chair to a cot.
  4. MOBILITY. Physical abilities to maneuver in small spaces (ambulance) and treatment areas. Ability to walk, stand, kneel, stoop, and to be in prolonged uncomfortable positions.
  5. VISUAL ABILITY. See objects far away, see objects close and to discriminate colors. Visual ability must be sufficient for driving an ambulance and for observation and assessment necessary in patient care. Students will perform such skills as detecting a patient's color, checking pupils, and reading medication labels.
  6. HEARING. Be able to hear normal sounds with background noise and distinguish sounds sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Necessary activities include hearing monitor alarms, emergency signals, listening to breath sounds, and hearing radio transmissions.
  7. CONCENTRATION. Concentrate on details with moderate amount of interruptions.
  8. ATTENTION SPAN. Attend to task/functions for periods up to 60 minutes in length and to attend to task/functions for periods exceeding 60 minutes in length.
  9. CONCEPTUALIZATION. Understand and relate to specific ideas, concepts, and theories generated and simultaneously discussed.
  10. MEMORY. Remember task/assignments over both short and long periods of time and recall theory and skills information in clinical and simulation situations throughout the program.
  11. CRITICAL THINKING. Apply the theory taught in lecture courses in simulations and clinicals. Ability must be sufficient for clinical judgment in patient care.
  12. INTERPERSONAL. Interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Must be able to establish rapport with patients, colleagues, faculty, and professional staff.
  13. SUBSTANCE ABUSE. No evidence of current alcohol or drug abuse.

Environmental Conditions

As an EMS student you will be exposed to a variety of substances within the work environment, hospital sites, and ambulance agencies. You can expect exposure to weather changes, blood, body tissues, and fluids. There is the potential of exposure to electrical hazards, hazardous waste materials, radiation, poisonous substances, chemicals, and loud or unpleasant noises. Weekly clinical rotations and the ambulance internship result in frequent exposure to high stress emergency situations.

Students will be required to complete a mandatory on-line OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen and Universal Precautions program.

Occupational Program Awards - Deadline for 2015 Scholarship Applications is Saturday - February 14, 2015.

The awards are offered for a maximum of three semesters over a period of two consecutive years (Fall, Spring and one Summer Semester.) Renewal each semester is contingent upon the recipient meeting all award requirements. The Awards will cover up to $1,096 in tuition and fees each fall and spring semester and up to $382 for an optional summer semester. These amounts will cover approximately 12 billing hours plus partial fees in Fall and Spring Semesters and 4 billing hours plus partial fees in Summer Semester. An award recipient must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Reside in the LCC district.
  • Be a high school graduate.
  • Pursue an approved LCC Health or Human Services Degree (occupational curriculum).
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0

For more information, please contact:
The Foundation Office at (517) 483-1985.

Military Medic to Paramedic at Lansing Community College

Paramedic Program
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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