Paramedic Program Overview
The LCC Paramedic Program began in 1975, 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. Since 1990, the Lansing Community College Paramedic Program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). As such, we subscribe to standards as determined by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
The goal of LCC's Paramedic Program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.
Lansing Community College Paramedic Program Calendar Year 2019
Note: There was no graduating cohort in the 2020 reporting year
- CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2019.
- The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 93.3%.
- The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 93.3%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.
- The most recent retention rate was 75%.
For questions surrounding the Paramedic Program please contact the Health and Human Services Division at 517-483-1410.
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 into the program every fall semester. Students receive clinical experience in both hospital and EMS agency locations.
Certificate of Achievement - 36 credit hour program completed in two semesters, plus an arranged internship held in the summer semester.
Associate Degree - 64 minimum 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 successfully complete the certification examination offered by the National Registry of EMT's to practice as a paramedic. Once certified by the National Registry, application can be made for state licensure with the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of EMS, Trauma, and Preparedness. 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 on the Nursing program page 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.
Paramedic - Admission Requirements
The student applicant is required to:
- Submit an application
- Provide Lansing Community College with transcripts from all other college(s) attended.
- Take math, reading, and writing placement exams in the Testing Center, GB-Suite 2100. Scores will be used to advise applicant of additional preparation recommended before entering the program.
- Current State of Michigan EMT licensure in good standing.
- Current BLS CPR card
- Completion of BIOL 145, or BIOL 201 and 202 (or equivalent from another college/university) with a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Attend "Applicant Review Meeting" with the EMS Program Director
- ICHAT criminal background check
- Attend "EMS Orientation" that is held 1 week prior to class beginning
- Provide evidence of good physical and mental health.
*Note: Students entering the Paramedic Program who just completed the previous summer semester's EMT Program will have a deadline of November 1st for the Full-Time Program and March 1st for the Part-Time Program to submit prerequisite items #4.
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 positions.
- VISUAL ABILITY. See objects far away, and see objects close up. Visual ability must be sufficient for assessment necessary in patient care. Students will perform such skills as detecting a patient's skin 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 discussed.
- 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.
- 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 staff.
- 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. Clinical rotations 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.
Apply to LCC
Complete the admissions application to become an official LCC student. Once you click "apply" on any LCC webpage, you will be asked to create an admissions login and to select an admission type. To complete the application, you will need to know you SSN, email address and address of residence.
How to Apply to LCC
Now that you're in, activate your LCC account to get access to your email and important information from the College.
To activate your account, you will need the LCC Student ID number you received after you applied.
Completion of BIOL 201 AND BIOL 202 or BIOL 145 with a minimum grade of 2.5 / *B
- Must be completed within 8-years of the application deadline and by the end of LCC’s Summer semester for the full-time program.
- BIOL 201 & 202 is recommended for transferability into other healthcare programs and colleges.
Must have the following minimum LCC Placement Levels:
- Reading Level 5
- Writing Level 6
- Math Level 4
Current State of Michigan EMT license
- Proof of EMT licensure will be pulled from the state of Michigan's EMS website.
- Students who are currently completing an EMT program can still apply to the Paramedic Program however you will be contingently admitted to the Program. A deadline for when proof of EMT licensure is required will be outlined during your 'Applicant review meeting' in step 5; failure to meet this deadline outlined during this meeting will result in program dismissal.
Current CPR certification
- CPR certification must be American Heart Association’s “Basic Life Support” for healthcare professionals or American Red Cross’s “CPR for the Professional Rescuer.” Proof of CPR certification must be attached to the Paramedic Program Application in step 4.
Paramedic Program Application
Once you have a completed the college's general application, along with all admission requirements outlined in step 3, you may apply to the Paramedic Program.
To get started with a new application, or to access an existing/saved Paramedic Program application, please click the link below.
Applicant Review Meeting
The Applicant Review Meeting is a private meeting between the student applicant, the program director, and the clinical coordinator. Sessions are approximately 20-30 minutes long. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their status on the admission requirements, the reasons for their interest in the Paramedic field, as well as their commitment to successful completion of the program.
Await Acceptance Email
Upon successful completion of steps 1-5, the EMS Program Office will place a department approval on your account and send you instructions via your LCC student email on how to register for classes.