About Our Program

Do you want to help people? Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives? Do you want to feel good about the work you do? Do you like variety and excitement in your work? Do you want to work full-time (FT) and still have 3-4 days off a week?

If you answered yes to any of these, then a career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) may be right for you! The Paramedic program at HFC will help you achieve personal and professional growth. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare individuals to become a competent, entry-level, paramedic.

Paramedics are highly trained members of the health-care community often responsible for bringing life-saving diagnostic and treatment skills to the patient at the scene of an emergency. Paramedics receive intense training in EKG interpretation, emergency pharmacology, and advanced life-support procedures. The scope of practice of the paramedic is rapidly expanding, creating a number of new employment opportunities.

The EMS Program at HFC offers the options of certificates of achievement in Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic, or the option of an Associate in Applied Science degree. The HFC Paramedic Program has been awarded the highest level of approval through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness.

Interested in our Program?

  • $47,336 salary

    median salary for Basic EMT in the metro Detroit area is $38,359. Paramedic/EMT median salary is $47,336 [Wages from Journal of Emergency Medical Services(JEMS) Salary Survey].

  • Beyond Salary

    The salaries listed here are base wages only. Overtime is regularly offered at most private and public agencies, which increases annual income significantly. Signing bonuses are also regularly offered for qualified candidates.

  • 24% job growth

    Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

  • Paramedic Pinning Ceremony
  • mobile patient simulators

    These mobile patients are found all over campus, needing help from the paramedic students who are called to the scene and arrive in a fully outfitted ambulance! This is a mobile lab just for EMS students.

  • wide variety of equipment - high and low fidelity training options
  • Community Partnerships

    We have partnerships with many EMS agencies, Fire Departments, and hospitals where students will complete clinical and field coursework. These partners in education help to make your experience at HFC the best that it can possibly be!

  • Participate in Community Events and Training

Student Testimonials

  • Khalil Khalil

    Khalil Khalil

    HFC students learn why to do things, instead of simply what to do. This deeper understanding makes our graduates independently functioning clinicians and not the kind of paramedics who simply react to their patients’ symptoms. EMS is generally a good fit for people who like physical work and want to do different things in different environments every day. Students expect to learn all of the skills and knowledge to be an exceptional paramedic. This program would be of great benefit for anyone looking towards a career in EMS, Physician Assistant, or MD/DO.

  • Ali Bajey

    Ali Bajey

    I picked this program because I have heard nothing but the best from others who took it. Being a student who has gone through it, and comparing to what other students have said about other programs, I would have not chosen any other. This is the best, skill-wise and informational in the classroom setting. You will not leave here without being ready for the road.

  • Jonathon Brackett

    Jonathon Brackett

    I enrolled in HFC's Paramedic Program because of its great reputation. I came into the program with the goal of being exposed to as much knowledge and hands-on training as one could get from a paramedic program. My goals were surpassed as I am about to graduate, feeling more prepared to work in the field than I ever expected. Thanks to the tremendously experienced and knowledgeable staff, as well as the huge selection of clinical sites and lab equipment, I know I am equipped to be a great paramedic.

Featured Courses


Lists the faculty associated with this program and their contact information.
Name Credentials Email Phone
Shannon Bruley
FT Faculty - Emergency Medical Services
A.S., Henry Ford College; A.A., Henry Ford College; A.A., Henry Ford College; B.A.S., Siena Heights University; M.P.A., University of Michigan Dearborn sbruley@hfcc.edu 313-317-6582