Emergency Medical Services

Gain the skills and experience needed for a life-saving career in emergency medical services! Emergency medical personnel provide health care to patients in times of crisis and emergency, then transport them to medical facilities. If you are a strong leader with a heart for helping others, this career may be for you.

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EMT Basic Certificate

The Emergency Medical Services: EMT Basic Certificate program prepares the student to be entry-level in delivering safe, high-quality emergency patient care. The EMT-B is trained to respond to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and to transport the patient to a medical facility. After receiving the call from the dispatcher, the EMT-B drives the ambulance to the address or location given, using the most expeditious route, depending on traffic and weather conditions. The EMT-B must observe traffic ordinances and regulations concerning emergency vehicle operation.

The Emergency Medical Services Certificate (EMSC) will provide education beyond the Basic Emergency Medical Technician minimum state requirements. The program is offered three times per year (Fall, Winter, Spring). The certificate program is designed to offer students stackable credentials in EMT-B and Emergency Medical Responder or alternative health science pathway career choices. EMSC program will prepare students to become leaders, who are entry-level Emergency Medical Technicians, ready for the workforce or additional educational goals.

The program is designed in a hybrid format, offering course work online with hands-on practice in Jackson College’s state-of-the-art simulation lab and driving simulator.

Please check emergency medical education requirements in your state for more information.

Note: This program includes a ground-based component, such as an internship or clinical experience. Your student success navigator can help you better understand the requirements.

Sample Courses

The Basic Emergency Medical Technician course is approved by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. This program provides the information and experience necessary to prepare the student to sit for the National Registry EMT Basic Certification exam. Topics include: legal responsibilities, anatomy, physiology, patient assessment, management of various emergency situations, extrication, and current standards for EMTs in the field. Students will also participate in scenario-based education and computer-based testing and scenarios to reinforce skills learned within these areas. Students must complete a minimum of four, 12-hour experiences in the hospital emergency room setting and with a pre-hospital life support agency. Laboratory and clinical experiences are included.

Certificate Details


Earnings for paramedics are about $45,940 annually.


Employment of paramedics is expected to increase 11 percent in the coming years.


Jackson County

If you reside in Jackson county, Michigan.


In Michigan

If you reside in the state of Michigan.


Out of Michigan

If you reside outside the state of Michigan.


Estimated program costs include tuition, fees and digital textbooks based on 2022-2023 tuition rates. Please note that these costs are only estimates and an individualized financial plan will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.


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