The Life EMS Emergency Medical Technician 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 Practical exams for licensure.
Developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) this curriculum is designed to enable you to become an effective 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 program is currently under letter of review for CoAEMSP and CAAHEP.
Some of the 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 providing medications and other various treatments that may include endotracheal tube placement, initiation of intravenous line(s), 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; and, Perform safely and effectively the expectations of the job description.
- 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 have completed Life EMS’s Anatomy & Physiology for Paramedics
- Current BLS Provider or Professional Rescuer CPR card
- Tetanus and Diptheria toxoid within last ten years; Measels, Mumps, and Rubella vaccination*; Varicella vaccination or immunity by disease; Hep-B vaccination**
* If born after 1956 the student must have documented proof of vaccine or seropositivity.
** 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, MDCH Objectives, and testing access. 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)
Our next course will begin September 6th 2017, and run until September 12th 2018. The class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Class meetings end in July; from July until September students complete their internship on the ambulance. Class will be held at 1279 Cedar St NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Gil Jacques began at Life EMS in 2000 as a mobility driver, while completing his paramedic training in 2002. Gil is an Integrated Care Paramedic, USAR Medical Specialist, and he obtained his bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University. He enjoys sharing his extensive experience in the field. The current 2015 – 2016 class describes Gil as “relates well to students and is knowledgeable and personal.” “He is willing to step up. He does a great job!”
Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $200 (due at the time of registration).
Full Course Fee: $9500