The Life EMS Paramedic program follows and exceeds the U.S. D.O.T. and MDHHS curriculum. This 1000+ hour course prepares the participants to challenge the National Registry written and psychomotor exams for licensure.

Developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) this curriculum is designed to enable you to become an effective Paramedic.  In addition to the time spent in the classroom you will have to complete a designated number of clinical hours that are divided among various hospital departments and ambulances.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 24% growth (much faster than average) for paramedic employment from 2014 to 2024.

The Life EMS Ambulance Education Centre/Metro Health Hospital Consortium Paramedic program is Nationally Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

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 providing medications and other various treatments that may include advanced airway placement, intravenous thereapy, cardiac rhythm monitoring and treatment;
  • 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 enroute;
  • Perform the expectations of the job description safely and effectively.

Course Requirements:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • High school graduate or G.E.D. equivalent
  • Current or formerly licensed EMT-Basic or Specialist
  • Completed a college level Anatomy & Physiology Course in the last five years (must submit transcripts for credit) OR complete Life EMS’s Anatomy & Physiology for Paramedics
  • Current BLS Provider or 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 (chicken pox) vaccination or documentation of immunity
  • Hepatitis B series vaccinations or documentation of immunity*
  • Current influenza vaccination

* The series of three Hep-B vaccinations must have been started by the end of the first week of class in order to participate in the clinical experience.

Tuition includes textbook, workbook, MDHHS Objectives, and Platinum Educations subscription. Payment arrangements can be made prior to start of class.

Life EMS is an approved training institution by Michigan Works. Contact your local Michigan Works branch to see if you qualify for tuition assistance.

Course tuition includes certification in the following areas:
PHTLS        ACLS        EPC        BCLS (renewal)



1st attempt pass rates

3rd attempt pass rates




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

Full Course Fee: $9500


Life Care Plus Memebership Agreement

I understand that I am responsible for payment of ambulance services. The annual $39 membership fee for Life Care Plus limits my out-of-pocket cost related to ambulance transports covered by insurance ($59 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 21 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.