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What do you need to enroll in a Michigan EMS academy?
February 7, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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There are certain industries that will always provide a need for society. From doctors and nurses who deliver babies all the way to the undertaker and everyone in between, there are some professions we need in our civilization—one such profession in those who work in emergency medicine. Society will always have a need for emergency medical responders to provide first aid, pre-hospital care, and much more. If you’re interested in getting into an industry that provides a high level of job security and personal satisfaction, consider attending a Michigan EMS academy.

At Mobile Medical Response, we’ve been training emergency medical responders for more than 25 years. If you’re looking to start your career as an emergency medical responder, we can outline the requirements to enroll in an EMS academy.

CPR and first aid training

Learning CPR is one of the most basic skills required of anyone who works in the health care industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re providing direct care for patients or dispensing medications as a pharmacist, CPR training is required. We can help you get started on your path to a medical career with CPR training courses.

No medical experience or training is required for individuals to enroll in CPR and first aid training. Simply enroll in the training course and pay the fee to complete the training.

MFR training

MFR, or medical first responder, training, is a low-level certification course that provides students with basic knowledge and skills to be able to provide care for another person in an emergency situation. Enrollment requirements are typically minimal as those who complete the course still aren’t qualified to work as an EMT or paramedic. Instead, they learn advanced CPR techniques, the use of automated external defibrillators (AED), airway control, spinal and bone fracture immolation, and other techniques.

To enroll in MFR training, prospective students must have a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, and no felony convictions. The course itself requires 75 hours of work to complete.

EMT courses

EMT certification is another step up from MFR training, as EMTs are directly involved in pre-hospital care and working directly with patients during an emergency. Instruction includes learning how to use medical equipment and diagnose illness or injury at the scene of an accident. Courses will also teach how to treat patients for excessive bleeding, shock, respiratory conditions, cardiovascular emergencies, and much more.

Enrolling in EMT courses is requires more for students because they’re training for a position where they’re providing direct care. In addition to everything required for MFR training, EMT training requires students to get a hepatitis B vaccination, results of a current TB test, MMR records, math and reading competency test results, and a drug screening with a criminal background check. The course takes 233 hours to complete over four months.

Paramedic courses

Earning paramedic certification is the next step in professional development for those who have been an EMT. Paramedic training provides more advanced techniques to those who have already practiced as an EMT for several years.

Enrolling in a paramedic program requires students to meet all requirements before MFR training and EMT courses in addition to successfully completing a college-level anatomy and physiology course within the last seven years with a C (2.0) grade or better, have a current EMT license in good standing with the state of Michigan, completion of the learning level competency test provided through Platinum Education, and free of criminal convictions that would disqualify an individual from working in health care. If the applicant can’t complete a college-level anatomy and physiology course, They can complete the Anatomy and Physiology for the Prehospital Provider online through Jones and Bartlett Learning with a score of 80% or better.

Register for an EMS academy

You can get in touch with us at Mobile Medical Response to learn more about what it takes to enroll in a Michigan EMS academy. Give us a call today at our education office at 989-907-3698, or send a message with your questions via our online contact form.