Paramedic

Program Information

Program Code: 
PAMED.AAS...
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
2002
Contact: 
Health Careers - (313) 845-9877 - healthcareers@hfcc.edu
Description: 

Emergency Medical Technology offers an exciting and challenging health-care career for individuals interested in providing emergency care in the pre-hospital or hospital emergency department setting.

Due to health-care reform issues and the growing recognition of the Emergency Medical Technician, also known as an EMT, a professional member of the health-care team, career opportunities for EMTs of all levels of licensure are developing and expanding.

Basic Emergency Medical Technicians are trained in basic life support procedures and the principles of care and transportation of the sick and injured. Basic EMT licensure qualifies the student for an entry-level position as an emergency care provider with municipal and private ambulance services as well as some hospital emergency departments. The basic EMT license is often a prerequisite for employment as a firefighter. (Progressive fire departments in our service area require a paramedic license. An EMT Basic license is the first step in meeting this criterion.)

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 HFCC offers the options of certificates of achievement in Basic EMT and Paramedic, or the option of an Associate in Applied Science degree. The program is designed to meet the needs of students interested in entry-level training as well as those seeking career advancement.

The HFCC Paramedic Program has been awarded the highest level of approval through the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma Systems, Michigan Department of Community Health.

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

Career Opportunities: 

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 you are working.

Exposure to illness and infectious disease is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons 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. Persons 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 individuals are convicted felons, it could disqualify them from obtaining the necessary National Registry Certification.

For the specific National Registry EMS Policy, go to 
http://www.nremtorg/about policyfelony.asp. 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: 
http://www.michigan.gov/mdch.

Accreditation: 

HFCC 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, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center).  Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Siena Heights University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn

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 wishing to enter the second year of studies, which includes the paramedic core, must apply through the EMS office in Health Careers. Required Core Course sequencing begins in the Fall semester. Early advising for course sequencing is highly recommended. Acceptance to the college is granted to most applicants and neither constitutes nor guarantees admission to the Paramedic program. 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.

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. The cost for this appraisal is in addition to the basic tuition and fee schedule.

Students in the EMS program are expected to 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.

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 individual is granted an expungement, then he/she would be considered for eligibility. Students with a history of alcohol related driving offenses and 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.

Uniforms

Uniform shirts are provided through the program at the Basic EMT level. Pants, shoes, work belt, stethoscope, and National Registry 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/or requirements may be modified. Curriculum, course content and admission 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 www.hfcc.edu.

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

Required Support Courses

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

Associate in Applied Science Degree 
Requirements

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. It should be noted that courses listed in the Required Core Courses and 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

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

Complete as many elective credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate’s degree. No more than six credit hours may come from developmental courses (courses numbered below 100).

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.