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Meet the Great Lakes Bay Consortium for EMS Education: Paramedic and EMT training and more in Michigan
May 18, 2021 at 7:00 AM
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Get started on your career path as an emergency responder with the help of Great Lakes Bay Consortium for EMS Education. We’re here to provide you with the necessary training to get your foot in the door to a lasting career as a EMT or paramedic. We provide our students with a hybrid online and in-person program to ensure that they’re able to learn at their own pace with skills verification. Read below to learn more about our programs that are designed to help you succeed in your career.

EMT training

An EMT, or emergency medical technician, specializes in patient care in an emergency situation. This means that it’s your job to assess conditions to manage cardiac and respiratory function for patients who are medically ill or traumatically injured. EMTs are most commonly stationed on ambulances and continue patient care en route to the hospital. Becoming an EMT is the first step to becoming a paramedic, if intersted in advancing your EMS career.

In order to be qualified to enter EMT training, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license
  • No felony convictions
  • Hepatitis B vaccination and current TB test
  • MMR vaccine records
  • Pass drug screening and background checks

Paramedic training

Like an EMT, a paramedic responds to emergency situations to care for patients who have been traumatically injured or are medically ill. Beyond EMT training, paramedics are qualified to provide basic and advanced life support for patients at the site of an emergency and in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. Those who complete paramedic training are also qualified to work in fire and flight rescue services.

In order to be qualified to enter paramedic training, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Successfully complete college-level anatomy and physiology course within seven years with a C or better, or complete Anatomy and Physiology for the Prehospital Provider online class through Jones and Bartlett Learning with a score of 80% or better.
  • Current TB, hepatitis B, and vaccine records
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Current EMT license in good standing with the state of Michigan.
  • Pass drug screening and background checks.
  • Complete the learning level competency test through Platinum Education.
  • Free of criminal convictions that would disqualify you from working in the health care field.

MFR training

MFR, or medical first responder, training is specifically designed for individuals who would like to get into the health care field as an emergency responder. Students will learn basic first aid, CPR, how to properly use AEDs, spinal and bone fracture immobilization, as well as other topics and techniques that are necessary for the field. This is a 75-hour course that’s designed to give individuals basic knowledge and training to respond to an emergency. Be aware that this does not include the same level of knowledge or training that is received in the EMT course.

In order to be qualified to enter MFR training, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • No felony convictions

CPR & first aid training

Whether you work as an EMT, paramedic, or need CPR and first aid training for your day job, we can help. Our certified instructors teach our HeartSaver courses for anyone who wants to learn. There is no previous medical training required. We can help teachers, coaches, lifeguards, and more certified in CPR and first aid.

We’ve modified our class to reduce face-to-face interaction during the course of the pandemic to limit the spread of viruses. You’ll first take part in an online course to learn the basics and procedures. After part 1 is complete, you’ll earn a certificate to give to your instructor for part 2. The second part of the class is given in person, where you’ll demonstrate proper techniques and knowledge of first aid and CPR.

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