Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
Health Careers - (313) 845-9877 -

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Firefighter/Paramedic offers a career pathway for individuals seeking an entry-level position with a full-time municipal fire service. This program is a combination of academic education with necessary hands-on skills. Degree recipients will have an Associate in Applied Science, an EMT-Basic license, paramedic certification, Firefighter I & II certification and field clinical experience.

EMT-Basic Certification and 
Paramedic Certification
The paramedic program at HFCC reflects the new national curriculum, and all successful completers are eligible to take the National Registry certification exams. The college reserves the right to change policies and course requirements in effect at the time of catalog publication.
The EMS portion of the program is constantly updated to meet the changing needs of the profession. This is reflected in the high success rate of our graduates both on the National Registry and in practice.

Computer Usage
This program, from EMS 100-level and up, requires students to utilize a computer and the internet. All students have computer and Internet access through our campus library.

Career Opportunities: 

Employment opportunities range from municipal fire services to field and hospital-based emergency care positions. Firefighting positions are highly competitive which is why we encourage all students to complete the Associate in Applied Science as a Firefighter/Paramedic. This 90+/- credit hour associate level program is actually a 3-year degree program. Students who successfully complete the full program can transfer to Siena Heights University as a Senior, with only one year remaining in order to complete a bachelor degree (inverted major with Bachelor of Applied Science). This positions our graduates well above many entry-level applicants for the coveted Firefighter positions.

In EMS, paramedics are in high demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, ""Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2012"" (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-2005 Reprint).

Occupational Exposure / Risk: 

In emergency medical services, both in school and on the job, exposure to infectious diseases and latex may be minimal to moderate depending on the setting in which students are working. Exposure to illness and infectious disease is an occupational risk for all health care workers.

People should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection-control guidelines can reduce the risk to a minimum. People who have latex sensitivity or allergies should consult with a physician prior to entering the program for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health care career.

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

If an individual is a convicted felon, it could disqualify him/her from obtaining the necessary National Registry Certification. For the specific National Registry EMS Policy, go to After obtaining a National Registry Certificate, individuals can apply for a Michigan Licensure, which is necessary to practice EMS as a profession. If an individual is a convicted felon, questions regarding potential licensure should be directed to the Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Health Professions, or go to the following web site:


Henry Ford Community College is an approved EMS Program Sponsor through the Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of EMS & Trauma Systems.

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center).  Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Siena Heights University

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

The first year of studies for the Emergency Medical Service degree is open enrollment as long as students meet the college level reading and writing scores identified below:

  • COMPASS Reading score of 84 or better

  • Assessment score sufficient for placement in ENG 131. 

This requirement may also be fulfilled by successful 
completion of required developmental English courses or completion of ENG 131 or its equivalent with a grade of 
C or better

Students should place into ENG 131 in order to be most successful. All first year EMS courses must be taken concurrently and passed concurrently with a C or better. Students wishing to enter the second year of studies, which includes the paramedic core, must apply through the EMS office in Health Careers. This level of studies begins every FALL semester. Acceptance to the college is granted to most applicants and does not constitute nor guarantee admission to the paramedic core studies. Early advising for course sequencing is highly recommended. Students are accepted into the program based on a “first-qualified, first-accepted” basis. All potential placements must be registered on the wait list in the EMS office.

  • For EMS 200-level courses, students will need to satisfy the following prerequisites:
  • EMT-Basic MI License (with a current National Registry 
Certificate preferred), BIO 233, BIO 234, AH 100, AH 120 
and AH 105 (or equivalent)* Math proficiency as demonstrated by successful completion of MATH 080 or its equivalent with a C grade or better OR COMPASS Algebra score of 46 or better
  • See first year Reading and English requirements. This 
applies to all students entering the second year as well

A grade of C or better is required for successful completion of all courses (core and support) required in the EMS program. Students not receiving a C or better cannot continue in the program until they have successfully repeated the course(s) earning a C or better. Students who do not successfully complete all co-requisite courses in the EMS Program cannot continue with that same class of students. Therefore, students who fail must repeat all coursework (200+ and up) from the beginning up to the point that they failed, and then progress in sequence with the new class of paramedic students. Students who need to repeat paramedic must request to be put on the waiting list for the following year. Re-admittance is subject to seat capacity and prior performance.

Tech. Prep. Public Safety Pathway (PSP) completers from the Downriver Career Tech. Program in order to receive “TR” credits, you must complete (with a C or better) at least six credit hours of 100+ level course-work (at HFCC) for each year of HS PSP credit earned. Bring a student copy of your HFCC transcript along with a copy of your FINAL HS transcript to the EMS Program Manager. This is necessary to process a request for credits to be posted by the Office of the Registrar. Do not ask your Counselor, Health Career Advisor or Instructor to post credits.

This process must be initiated by the EMS Program Manager. Do not REPEAT courses in which you have earned credit through the PSP program. If you are not sure if you earned credit, contact the EMS Program Manager before you schedule courses. The courses in the PSP Program are as follows:

Year 1- CRJ 131 (3 credit hours), MFR (5 credit hours, no transfer equivalent)* Year 2- CRJ 135 (3 credit hours), AH 100 (4 credit hours), and EMS (8 credit hours, no transfer equivalent)*

Additional Program Requirements: 

Health Appraisal
Each student is required to complete a Health Appraisal Form, copies of which are available in the Health Careers Office. This appraisal includes a physical, blood titers (to validate immunity to childhood immunizations), TB test, Hepatitis B and boosters if necessary. Actual lab results from the titers need to be submitted with the appraisal to the program. The cost for this appraisal is in addition to the basic tuition and fee schedule.

Students in the EMS program must meet the same physical and mental requirements as emergency medical technicians. A representative job profile, also available in the Health Careers Office, lists the specific physical and mental requirements as well as the environmental conditions of the occupation.

Students must have basic health insurance coverage during clinical courses.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen
Consistent with Section 20173 of the Michigan Public Health Code and the requirements of our clinical affiliates, a Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen* is required for all students in EMS programs prior to beginning clinical assignments. The cost for this test is in addition to the basic tuition and fee schedule.

*Students with felony convictions on their record should not enroll into the program as we have a zero-tolerance stance from our clinical affiliates. If such individuals are granted an expungement, then they would be considered for eligibility. Students with a history of alcohol related driving offenses or felony convictions will find it difficult if not impossible to gain employment in public safety careers.

Students who are not cleared for clinical through the Health Appraisal, Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen will not be able to complete the EMS education programs.

Uniform shirts are provided through the program at the Basic EMT level. Pants, shoes, work belt, stethoscope and exam fees are in addition to the basic tuition and fee schedule.

Job Placement
Information about career placement and job success is available through either the Health Careers Office or the College’s Job Placement Office.

Program Duration Limits / Updates / Changes: 

Once a student is admitted/enrolled into the paramedic portion of the EMS degree, that student must complete with that same group of students. If for any reason a student must stop attending after successfully completing any portion thereof, and wishes to complete, the student must reapply through the EMS office for the desired year of return. Because of the rapid changes in healthcare, legislation and resulting course content, successfully completed EMS classes must be repeated in order to assure competence. This applies to all second year students who start, stop and then return for completion. Early advising through the EMS office is essential.

The College continuously attempts to improve each program and as a result, courses and requirements may be modified. Curriculum, course content and program criteria are subject to change by action of the College faculty and administration. Contact the Health Careers Office at (313) 845-9877 for any current program updates, or visit

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
90 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Core Courses

A minimum of 'C' grade is required in all Required Core Courses.

*This program requires a minimum of 60.5 Required Core Courses to graduate: The 60.5 credit hours include the 9 credit hours for the Firefighter I and Firefighter II certificate that are available at HFCC from the training academy. To receive this credit on your transcript see the EMS program manager after you have completed your first semester of Paramedic studies (200 of higher level EMS coursework).

Required Support Courses

Students should take AH 100 and AH 105 before taking any course with an EMS prefix.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.