Emergency Medical Technician

Two students and an instructor in the EMS lab.

Train for a career as an emergency medical technician. You get a first-hand look at how to use your new knowledge and skill in the field with clinical time both in an ambulance and in the emergency room. This Michigan Certified Basic Emergency Medical Technician class is 274 hours (a minimum of 50 required clinical hours, ride time and in-hospital instruction).

Students are responsible for an EMT polo, navy EMT pants, black shoes and a Garrison belt. Uniform requirements available at orientation.

Prerequisites: Must be age 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED, or have a waiver from the Program Director. Students also must have a physical, the Hepatitis B vaccination series started, the MMR and Varicella Zoster vaccinations, a flu shot, a negative ten-panel drug screening, a negative TB test and a current tetanus shot. These requirements are at the student’s expense and must be completed by the second week of class. A background check (no felony convictions) done by our Human Resources office is included in the class cost.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the free Accuplacer tests, available through the college’s Testing Center, in order to prepare for further studies in healthcare, including the college’s Paramedic degree program, or other subjects in the future. To make an appointment to take the Accuplacer tests, which include Reading, Writing, and Math assessments, call 810-989-5555.

Preparation assistance for the Accuplacer tests is available at the college’s Achievement Center. More information is available by calling 810-989-5759.

Winter 2020 program

Jan. 14 to June 18, 2020
Course number: ZPFT 850-01
5 to 9:50 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
Location: Health Sciences Building, Room 134
274 contact hours/27.4 CEUs

Cost: $950

Winter Program schedule


Register early, as classes with a low enrollment will be canceled four business days prior to the scheduled start date.

Admissions requirements

Admission to this training program is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 810-989-5666.

  • Must be age 18 or older, have a high school diploma or GED or approval from program director
  • Students also must have a physical
  • Hepatitis B vaccination series started
  • MMR and Varicella Zoster vaccinations
  • Flu Shot
  • Negative 10-panel drug screen
  • Negative TB test
  • Current Tdap shot
    These requirements are at the student’s expense and must be completed by the second week of class.
  • Background check (no felony convictions) will be done by our human resources of ce and is included in the cost of the class.

Job outlook for emergency medical technicians and paramedics 

Average salary: $14.54 per hour in Michigan

Job outlook: 12% increase in Michigan through 2022

Types of jobs available: Emergency medical technician, EMT/dispatcher, first responder


Two paramedic students work on a manikin in the back of an ambulance.
Two paramedic students work on a manikin in the back of an ambulance.

Prepare for a job saving lives on ambulances, fire department Advanced Life Support (ALS) units, or in hospital emergency rooms. Licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) enter the Paramedic certificate program to make a greater impact on the health of people in our community. Students learn with hands-on experiences in our simulation lab which features an ambulance, medical-surgical simulator and newborn birth simulator.

Accredited Program

The SC4 Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Services Professions (CoA EMSP). 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Information sessions

Tuesday, April 2, 201912 to 1 p.m.ATC Room 145

This link will take you to the current working catalog. On that page, you may also select other available catalog years from the drop-down menu located in the upper right.

Paramedic retention and NREMT* pass rates

CohortRetention ratePass rate** on National Registry
2015-201688%, or 8 of 9 students50%, or 4 of 8 students
2016-2017100%, or 5 of 5 students80%, or 4 of 5 students

*National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
**Pass rate for first attempt of the National Registry of Certification

The program cost

In-district tuition is $142 (includes tuition and technology fee)
Out-of-district tuition is $258 (includes tuition and technology fee)

View gainful employment information for this certificate program. 

Julianna Dobney

“SC4 allowed me to get my hands on the equipment necessary for my job. The schooling gave me a base knowledge and confidence to know what I’m doing.”

Julianna Dobney, Paramedic at Tri-Hospital EMS and Marysville Fire Department