The world of medicine is always growing. It doesn’t matter if you’re considering a career path of becoming a doctor, physician's assistant, or paramedic, there’s always going to be a need for more people to fill open positions. This means that there will often be EMS jobs in Michigan that need to be filled by people like you who are willing to serve those in need. At Mobile Medical Response, we want to help those who are looking to enter the field as EMS workers get the training they need. Read our short guide for a basic rundown of what it looks like to get training for the job.
High school diploma or GED
To first be eligible for any courses that will train you in working an EMS job, you must have earned your high school diploma or GED. You won’t be admitted into any EMT programs unless you have documentation to confirm that you possess a high school diploma or GED.
Receiving your EMT certification is the first step to a career as an emergency responder. Those who are looking to enter work in the healthcare field often enter as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) then work up from there. As an EMT, you’ll learn how to respond to both emergency and non-emergency calls with an emphasis on patient care during transportation in an ambulance. You’ll learn how to care for patients who are medically ill or traumatically injured before and during their transportation to a hospital. Our EMT course is 233 hours and runs for about four months.
The experience EMTs gain on the job will be beneficial to advancing their career if they so choose. This means that you can eventually progress to becoming a paramedic or more easily apply for higher education like nursing, physicians assistants, and others.
College-level Anatomy and Physiology class
If you’d like to further your career from an EMT to a paramedic, you must take and pass a college-level Anatomy and Physiology course with a C or better. If you’re not able to take a college-level class, you can also complete the Anatomy and Physiology for the Prehospital Provider class online with a cumulative completion score of at least 80%.
Paramedics are required to complete additional courses beyond that of an EMT because they’re qualified to provide more advanced care. This can include delivering babies in an emergency or performing a tracheotomy to create a new airway. These procedures require advanced knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
A paramedic course goes much more in-depth than that of EMT training and teaches students procedures that can be performed in an emergency situation to save the life of a patient. Some of these procedures are similar to what might be performed in an emergency room. Additionally, paramedics are trained in the proper administration of respiratory, cardiovascular, and drug therapy. Because this course is more advanced and in-depth than the EMT course, it takes approximately 14 months to complete.
Register for an EMT or paramedic course
Get started with Mobile Medical Response today so you can get your first EMS job in Michigan. Our education and training programs are designed to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities that will prepare them for their job as EMTs or paramedics. If you’d like more information about our programs, feel free to call us at 800-232-5216 or send a message using our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you along your career path.