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In January, 2012, Lansing Community College launched an education program specifically designed for military medics. The goal was to create a pathway for military medics to transition to paramedics. Those who complete this program are positioned to continue onward to become a nurse, if desired, by entering into the Advanced Standing Nursing Program.

Paramedics earn a median salary of $42,000 - $45,000, with nurses earning a median salary over $63,000. Paramedic and nursing employment is currently strong, with projected demand for the next decade.

Students in the program are eligible for VA Educational Benefits, Military Tuition Assistance (FTA), State Tuition Assistance, and traditional Title IV Financial Aid.

Learn more about the Emergency Medical Services degree program at Lansing Community College.

  • General Program Info

    Two LCC paramedic students in training

    Students who complete the military medic to paramedic program will be prepared to take the national paramedic licensing exam (NREMT).

    • 28 weeks to complete paramedic education (Traditional program 11-12 months)
    • 778 hours (Traditional program 1058-hours)
    • Student are awarded credit for previous military education and experience
    Paramedic to Nurse Program
    • Students who complete the paramedic program are eligible to apply to the advance standing track nursing program.
    • Advanced Standing Track takes three semesters to complete (Traditional program 2 years)
    • Student awarded credit for paramedic education

    For more information about the Paramedic to Nursing (RN) program, contact Kara Swanson at For information about the Military Medic to Paramedic program, contact Marvin Helmker at 517-483-1530 /

  • Curriculum

    LCC offers a Certificate of Achievement (CA) for the military medic to paramedic transition. In addition, individuals can continue onward to receive an associate degree (AAS) in Emergency Medical Services and/or Nursing upon successful completion of their paramedic education.

    Paramedic Certificate of Achievement

    36 credit hour program

    • 8 credits awarded for military education and experience
    • 4 credits are waived for BIOL 145
    • Complete 24 credits of paramedic education
    Emergency Medical Services Associates Degree

    66 credit hour program

    • 14 credits awarded for EMT-Basic
    • 8 credits awarded for military education and experience
    • 4 credits are waived for BIOL 145
    • Complete 24 credits of paramedic education
    • 16 credits of general education and EMS electives
    RN Associate Degree

    72 credit hour program

    • 14 credits are awarded for Paramedic licensure
    • Courses taken will follow the Advanced Standing track

    Both programs (EMS and Nursing) are State of Michigan approved and nationally accredited by respective accrediting body.

    For more information, call Marv Helmker at 517-483-1530.

  • Process of Admissions

    • Military medic with 2-years full-time equivalent experience.
    • To find out if you're eligible, please submit the following:  JST, DD214, and EMT Certification to Marv Helmker by emailing him:
    Admission Standards
    • Students completing Military Medic to Paramedic will be able to apply for the Paramedic to RN upon completion of their paramedic education.
      • Completion of paramedic education does not guarantee admission into nursing program. Both stages are selective admissions and require separate applications.
    • Students will be required to meet appropriate prerequisites (writing, reading, math level and courses) for each phase of the program.
    • Military Medics who are licensed and NREMT certified can apply for entry into nursing program.
    • Detailed admission information for Paramedic to RN can be found on the nursing advising guide.
    Military Medic Program Process of Admissions

    The student applicant is required to follow this process:

    • Submit a general LCC college application for admission to the Enrollment Services Office.
      • The above application only applies to the Military Medic to Paramedic portion of the program.  For Paramedic to RN entry, consult with nursing advisor.
    • Include with your selective application a copy of all transcripts, military and non-military. Additionally, you will need to provide official transcripts to the college directly.
    • Take math, reading, and writing placement exams in Assessment Center. Scores will be used to advise applicant of additional preparation recommended before entering the program.
      • The Waiver Team instead may be able to grant placement levels based on things like ACTs or SATs, TOEFL, AP or CLEP tests, courses taken at other colleges or universities, or degrees.  Contact the Waiver Team for more information.
      • Program requires Math Level 4, Reading Level 5, and Writing Level 6.  Those not meeting these levels may need to take other prerequisite courses in math, reading, and writing.
    • Provide documentation of current State of Michigan EMT License or National Registry EMT-Basic certification.
      • For those who have lapsed (> 2 years) or never tested as EMT-B after completing appropriate military EMT education may need to complete an EMT course again.  This can be completed through the LCC EMT program or other state approved EMT courses.
      • For those who have lapsed (< 2 years), contact Marv Helmker at 517-483-1530 for more information.
    • Provide documentation of 2-years full-time equivalent experience as military medic.
    • Individuals looking to continue on to nursing are required to complete BIOL 201 and BIOL 202.
    • Provide evidence of good physical and mental health.
  • Scholarships


    Both phases of the program are eligible for VA Educational Benefits, Military Tuition Assistance (FTA), State Tuition Assistance, and Federal Financial Aid.

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Military Medic to Paramedic Program

Health and Human Services Building, Room 108
Phone: 517-483-1530