The Life EMS Emergency Medical Technician program follows and exceeds the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) curriculum. This 200+ hour course prepares the participants for the National Registry EMT cognitive and psychomotor certification examinations.

Developed by the U.S. DOT, the EMT curriculum is designed to enable you to become an effective Emergency Medical Technician. In addition to the time spent in the classroom, you will have to complete a designated number of clinical hours that are divided among hospital emergency departments and ambulances.

Some core content includes:

  • Recognize the nature and seriousness of the patient’s condition or extent of injuries to assess requirements for emergency medical care;
  • Administer appropriate emergency medical care based on assessment findings of the patient’s condition;
  • Lift, move, position, and otherwise handle the patient to minimize discomfort and prevent further injury;
  • After providing initial care, preparing the patient for transport to an area hospital and continuing care en route; and,
  • Safely and effectively perform the expectations of the job description.

Course Requirements:

  • Current AHA BLS Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR card

Immunization Requirements:

  • Tetanus and Diptheria toxoid vaccine within the last 10 years
  • Measles, mumps, rubella vaccinations, or documentation of immunity
  • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccination or documentation of immunity
  • Hepatitis B series vaccinations or documentation of immunity*
  • Current influenza vaccination

* The Hep-B vaccination series must be started prior to clinical participation.

Course Fees:

  • $200 non-refundable registration fee to secure your seat in the course
  • $1750 EMT course fee – due in full a week before the start of the course

NOTE: The course fee includes textbook, workbook, MDHHS objectives, blood pressure cuff & stethoscope, and safety glasses.

Upcoming Course Schedule:


Kalamazoo Fall 2021 EMT Academy – An accelerated course running from October 21, 2021 – December 23, 2021

** Become a Life EMS Kalamazoo Associate and let Life EMS pay 100% of the $1750 EMT Course fee!! Email for more information.

Our accelerated EMT course will be a blended schedule with a significant portion done online, with flexibility for you to work around your current schedule. Students will meet for the required in-person class dates every Thursday, beginning with the first day of class, October 21st, from 8am-5pm. The final week of class will be completely in-person for final reviews and exams.

** NOTE: There is limited seating in this course, and seat priority will be given to Life EMS current and new associates. Because of this, any registration without the submission of an application for Life EMS employment will be a ‘pending’ registration. We will notify you as the start date gets closer if we will have a seat available for you. If we do not, we will refund your registration fee.


Current Courses:

Grand Rapids Fall 2021 EMT Blended Learning Course – A streamlined course running from September 1, 2021 – December 23, 2021

We are offering a blended schedule of in-person and online learning to streamline our traditional EMT program. Class meets on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm and two Saturdays per month. There will also be 6 online class dates scheduled during the program. This blended schedule allows you to complete your EMT course in 3.5 months, rather than the traditional 6-month program.


Grand Rapids Class Location: Classes are held at 1279 Cedar St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Kalamazoo Class Location: 517 East North St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007



Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $200 (due at the time of registration).

EMT Course Fee: $1,750 (due in-full a week before the start of the course).

Full Course Fee: $1,950 (registration fee included).


Life Care Plus Membership Agreement

I understand that I am responsible for payment of ambulance services. The annual $49 membership fee for Life Care Plus discounts my out-of-pocket cost related to ambulance transports covered by insurance ($79 membership fee for those without insurance coverage) for medically necessary ground ambulance transportation provided by Life EMS.

I understand that my membership is effective upon receipt of full payment and signed membership contract, and coverage is through April 30th of the year following my sign-up.

I understand that Life Care Plus is not insurance and that Life Care Plus will bill for payments from my insurer or third party agency, (e.g. Medicare, BCBS, etc.) including any supplemental or complementary insurance. If the insurance company sends me a check for services rendered by LIFE EMS AMBULANCE, I agree to promptly forward that check to LIFE EMS AMBULANCE. I hereby authorize payment directly to LIFE EMS for ambulance services otherwise payable to me. I authorize any holder of medical or other information about me, to release to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), its agents, other insurance carriers, or LIFE EMS, any information needed to determine these benefits in the past, now or in the future.

I understand that Life Care Plus Membership Services are restricted to “medically necessary ambulance service”, defined as the specific need for ambulance service transportation to and from a hospital within the LIFE EMS service area in Kent, Ottawa, Kalamazoo, Newaygo, Lake, Ionia/Belding, Mason, Allegan counties, Georgetown/Hudsonville/Jamestown areas and NE Van Buren County (specific coverage area description available from the LIFE EMS business office), where use of alternate forms of transportation (wheelchair van, private car, taxi) would be medically inappropriate given the patient’s condition. LIFE EMS may require physician certification of the medical necessity of ambulance transport. I understand this membership can be terminated by LIFE EMS if it has evidence of abuse of this program. Ambulance transport to such places as a physician’s office is not covered.

I understand that if long-distance, non-emergency ambulance services are required outside the LIFE EMS service area, additional fees may be charged to me by LIFE EMS.

Wheelchair/Mobility Transportation and other services are available at special “member only” discounted rates. Please contact the business office for details.

The Life Care Plus program covers those residing in your household. A “household” is defined as self and spouse, or single parent, their children under the age of 26 years living at the same address, or a single individual household. I UNDERSTAND THAT I MUST USE THE SERVICES OF LIFE EMS AMBULANCE IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS.

I understand that my initial membership payment covers the time period from the date on which Life EMS receives my signed contract and my full payment, and continues until April 30 of the year following my sign-up. Membership fees are not refundable, even if I attempt to terminate during a term.

Serving you throughout the Greater Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo/Portage, Ionia/Belding, Newaygo, Lake & Mason Co’s, Allegan, and now Georgetown/Hudsonville/Jamestown areas and NE Van Buren County.