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 www.caahep.org.
For questions surrounding the Paramedic Program please contact the Health and Human Services Division 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 - 73 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 www.lcc.edu/nursing 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 Advising Office located in the Star Zone on the 2nd floor of the Gannon Building. Therefore, any student desiring admission into this program should go online at www.lcc.edu/futurestars/apply/selective/ to find the Selective Admission Application.
Selective Admission Applications must be submitted to Student Finance at the payment counter in the Star Zone on the 2nd floor of the Gannon Building. There is a $50 application fee due at the time of submission. Students should attach all documentation of work experience and other required student information regarding the Paramedic Program.
The student applicant is responsible for providing verification of other education experience information not contained in the current Lansing Community College official transcript.
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 of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow 20-35 percent through 2018. 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 increase the demand for EMS 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.
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.
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:
- Submit an application and application fee of $50 for selective admission at the payment counter in the Star Zone on the 2nd floor of the Gannon Building prior to the established deadline date.
- Provide Lansing Community College with transcripts from all other college(s) attended.
- 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.
- Provide proof of successful completion of Basic EMT.
- Successfully complete BIOL 145 or BIOL 201 and BIOL 202 courses with a 2.5 grade or better.
- Attend all scheduled orientation meetings.
- Provide a copy of their official driving license.
- Submit copy of iCHAT report.*
- 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.
Physical Guidelines - Basic Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic
Students must be able to do
- STRENGTH. Perform physical activities requiring
ability to push/pull objects more than 50 pounds and to
transfer objects of more than 100 pounds.
- 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.
- COORDINATION. Perform body coordination such as walking,
running, climbing stairs, retrieving equipment and
moving patients from the floor/bed/chair to a cot.
- MOBILITY. Physical abilities to maneuver in small spaces
(ambulance) and treatment areas. Ability to walk, stand,
kneel, stoop, and to be in prolonged uncomfortable
- 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.
- 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.
- CONCENTRATION. Concentrate on details with moderate
amount of interruptions.
- 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.
- CONCEPTUALIZATION. Understand and relate to specific
ideas, concepts, and theories generated and simultaneously
- MEMORY. Remember task/assignments over both short and
long periods of time and recall theory and skills
information in clinical and simulation situations throughout
- CRITICAL THINKING. Apply the theory taught in lecture
courses in simulations and clinicals. Ability must be
sufficient for clinical judgment in patient care.
- 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
- SUBSTANCE ABUSE. No evidence of current alcohol or drug abuse.
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.
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