Emergency Medical Services

EMS students assist a "patient" during simulation exercises on campus.The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program at Kellogg Community College offers students the opportunity to earn a degree or certificate that will allow them to provide care for individuals who are ill, sick or injured. Depending on the needs of the student and level of care they wish to provide, various EMS Program offerings are available, ranging from a single class to a two-year degree.

Individuals who enter the EMS profession enjoy helping others and are willing to work under stressful conditions as a health care worker. KCC’s program is designed so that students can ladder their credentials as they progress through higher levels of education. Graduates of the program work as police officers, firefighters, ambulance workers, factory and business emergency responders, emergency room technicians and more.

KCC’s EMS Program is taught on the medical model of education. Related professions on this model include physicians and physician assistants, and EMS Program graduates often use their KCC credentials to build upon their skills in other professions.

For more information about KCC’s EMS Program, view the degree and certificate paths below or see:

KCC offers the following credentials through the EMS Program. Click through the appropriate link or scroll down to view the coursework required for each credential.

Associate in Applied Science: Emergency Medical Services

KCC’s Associate in Applied Science degree in EMS allows the students to complete their education at the associate-degree level by adding some general education courses to their Basic EMT and Paramedic certificate programs. Students can use their EMS degree to continue their education in a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university.

KCC’s Associate in Applied Science in EMS Program totals 70 credit hours; the recommended sequence of courses for full-time students seeking the degree follows.

Fall I Spring I Fall II Spring II Summer
EMT 120: Basic EMT Didactic COMM 101: Foundations of
Interpersonal Communication** OR COMM 111: Business and Technical Communication**
EMT 200: Pharmacology 1 EMT 205: Pharmacology 2 EMT 260: Paramedic Internship
EMT 121: Basic EMT Skills Lab ENGL 151: Freshman Composition** EMT 210: Cardiology 1 EMT 215: Cardiology 2
EMT 122: Defensive Emergency Driving/AllSafe PSYC 201: Intro to Psychology** EMT 220: Paramedic 1 EMT 225: Paramedic 2
EMT 123: Basic EMT Clinical Internship Creativity Awareness Elective* EMT 240: Skills Lab 1 EMT 230: Paramedic Advanced Practice
Global Awareness Elective* EMT 250: Paramedic Clinical Experience 1 EMT 235: Paramedic Pediatric Advance Life Support
BIOL 105: Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology** EMT 245: Skills Lab 2
EMT 255: Paramedic Clinical Experience 2

*For class options that fulfill the elective requirements indicated here, see the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of KCC’s Academic Catalog.

**Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit www.kellogg.edu/macrao.

MFR Certificate

KCC’s entry-level Medical First Responder Training course is designed to provide the foundational education that will lead toward licensure with the MDHHS as a medical first responder. Students who successfully complete this course are certified as medical first responders, the first step toward licensure.

This course is designed for anyone who may be required to provide care for a sick or injured individual prior to the arrival of an ambulance. This includes, but is not limited to, firefighters, police officers and first response team members. The course includes training in CPR; bleeding control; airway management; splinting; extrication; oxygen therapy; and medical, environmental and other emergencies. The MFR Certificate Program consists of a single three-credit course, EMT 110.

Required MFR Certificate Courses
EMT 110: Medical First Responder Training

Basic Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

KCC’s entry-level Basic EMT Certificate provides a foundational group of courses in EMS education leading toward licensure with the MDHHS as a basic emergency medical technician. While topics covered are similar to the MFR Certificate, this level provides a greater depth of education and training. While both are entry-level credentials, Basic EMTs are allowed to work on an ambulance and continue their career ladder toward licensure as a paramedic. The Basic EMT level also provides added education over MFR in ambulance operations, defensive driving and clinical experiences. Individuals who take this level usually wish to provide EMS care as a career option.

The Basic EMT Certificate Program totals 12 credit hours (one semester) including the required courses listed below. Prerequisites include AHA BLS CPR certification (EMTC 300) and Accuplacer testing.

Required Basic EMT Certificate Courses
EMT 120: Basic EMT Didactic
EMT 121: Basic EMT Skills Lab
EMT 122: Defensive Emergency Driving/AllSafe
EMT 123: Basic EMT Clinical Internship

Paramedic Certificate

KCC’s Paramedic Certificate builds on the Basic EMT license to substantially advance the care that can be provided by an EMS professional. Upon successfully completing the required coursework, students are certified as paramedics, completing the first step toward Michigan licensure and/or national certification. This level provides in-depth education in cardiology, pharmacology, pediatrics, obstetrics, advanced practice, leadership and more. Skills mastered include advanced assessment, defibrillation, pacing, starting IVs, medication administration, chest decompression, emergency cricoidthyrotomy, intubation, EKG interpretation (including 12+ leads) and more.

The Paramedic Certificate Program totals 44 credit hours (three semesters) including the required courses listed below. Prerequisites include a Basic EMT license and current BLS CPR certification.

Required Paramedic Certificate Courses
BIOL 105: Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology**
EMT 200: Pharmacology 1
EMT 205: Pharmacology 2
EMT 210: Cardiology 1
EMT 215: Cardiology 2
EMT 220: Paramedic 1
EMT 225: Paramedic 2
EMT 230: Paramedic Advanced Practice
EMT 235: Paramedic Pediatric Advance Life Support
EMT 240: Skills Lab 1
EMT 245: Skills Lab 2
EMT 250: Paramedic Clinical Experience 1
EMT 255: Paramedic Clinical Experience 2
EMT 260: Paramedic Internship

**Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit www.kellogg.edu/macrao.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Paramedic Certificate Program, and other important information, please review the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure complies with the Department of Education requirement for disclosure of information about career preparation programs that result in an award at the certificate level. The intention of this information is to help students make informed career and educational choices that may lead to gainful employment. The data provided is based on enrollment from the last award year.

EMS Instructor/Coordinator Certificate

KCC’s EMS I/C Certificate is designed for practicing EMTs and paramedics to obtain the educational training necessary to coordinate and teach EMS classes. Successful completion of this Michigan Department of Health and Human Services approved program allows students to challenge the licensing test for the EMS I/C level. Students choosing this certification level wish to provide EMS education to others as a career option.

The EMS I/C Certificate Program totals 10 credit hours (two semesters) including the required courses listed below. Prerequisites include a Basic EMT license (or higher) and three years full-time field experience.

Required EMS Instructor/Coordinator Certificate Courses
EMT 280: EMS Instructor/Coordinator Training
EMT 285: EMS Instructor/Coordinator Practicum

UMBC Critical Care Certificates (Adult and Pediatric)

KCC’s UMBC Critical Care Certificate Program is the nationally accepted University of Maryland-Baltimore County Critical Care Emergency Transport Program. This program is designed to prepare paramedics and nurses to function as members of a critical care transport team.

Critical patients that must be transported between facilities require a different level of care from hospital or emergency field patients. Participants will gain an understanding of the special needs of critical patients during transport, become familiar with the purpose and mechanisms of hospital procedures and equipment, and develop the skills to maintain the stability of hospital equipment and procedures during transport. Topics include the critical care environment; breathing management; surgical airway management; hemodynamic management; cardiac management; pharmacological management; GI, GU and renal management; neurological management; complications of transport; and special considerations.

This course is based on the updated 2011 curriculum as prescribed by the UMBC. It is highly recommended that students who take this course are currently licensed as a paramedic or registered nurse,; have BLS, ACLS, ITLS/TNCC/PhTLS and PALS certifications; and at least two years of field experience.

The UMBC Critical Care Certificate Program totals 11.25 credit hours including the required courses listed below. Prerequisites include a paramedic of registered nurse license.

Required EMS Instructor/Coordinator Certificate Courses
EMT 292: UMBC Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport
EMT 295: UMBC Pediatric/Neonatal Critical Care Transport Course

Transfer Opportunties

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or advising@kellogg.edu to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

EMS Careers

Graduates of KCC’s EMS Program work as police officers, firefighters, ambulance workers, factory and business emergency responders, emergency room technicians and more. The program is taught on the medical model of education. Related professions on this model include physicians and physician assistants, and EMS Program graduates often use their KCC credentials to build upon their skills in other professions. Often, medical and physician assistant schools require previous experience in health careers. EMS programs, because their similar teaching model, are highly valued in this capacity.

Possible job areas/titles for graduates with an education in EMS include:

  • Basic EMT
  • Critical care paramedic
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Firefighter
  • Helicopter medic
  • Medical first responder
  • Paramedic
  • Public safety officer

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for EMS careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study EMS at KCC?

KCC’s EMS Program is one of the best places to start a career in emergency medical services. KCC offers excellence at all levels of EMS programming.

EMS Credentials

Whether students are interested in a short, one-semester Medical First Responder course to know what to do in an emergency or are looking for a full associate degree experience in EMS, KCC has it. KCC’s offers all levels of licensing courses in EMS, from certificate programs for entry-level care providers to programs for experienced providers continuing their education. KCC’s programs are designed to provide students with a wide variety of opportunities so they can choose what they need when they need it.

Expert Instruction

KCC’s EMS Program is staffed by experts in their field. All instructors have worked the pre-hospital field and beyond to provide students with lessons learned from experience. Academically, all full-time instructors/administrators have degrees ranging from bachelor’s degrees to PhDs. All are licensed in Michigan to practice at the paramedic level. KCC’s adjunct pool of EMS I/Cs have degrees from associate through master’s degrees. KCC’s EMS students learn from the highest quality group of educators.

National Accreditation & State Approval

KCC’s EMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This means that the paramedic education of KCC graduates can be transferred across the country (nationally). KCC’s EMS Program is also Michigan-approved by the MDHHS for all levels of EMS programming. The program also has approvals from the American Heart Association, University of Maryland-Baltimore Campus, and International Trauma Life Support, meaning KCC’s EMS Program graduates have the certificates and credentials they need to start working when they graduate without having to complete additional coursework. Click here for more information about KCC’s EMS Program accreditation.

Equipment & Facilities

KCC’s EMS Program features state-of-the-art equipment and facilities renovated in 2012 and including electronic classrooms, a high-fidelity simulation lab, a computer lab and more, all designed to provide students with a comfortable learning environment for their EMS studies. In addition, all equipment used in the hands-on portion of the EMS education is state-of-the-art and used within the “real world” EMS community. Students are trained on multiple versions of different equipment so they know how to use it, regardless of which brand their employers carry.

High-Fidelity Simulation Lab

KCC has a unique, $1.6 million high-fidelity simulation lab designed to let EMS students replicate actual emergency calls using patient and environmental simulators. We haven’t seen any other program with a simulation lab like this one. Here students can practice responding to a call without risking harm to anyone, can learn from their mistakes and reinforce what they’ve learned. This is a methodology and technology that is unique to the EMS Program at KCC.

Clinical Experience

KCC offers clinical experiences at ambulance services, hospitals, skilled care facilities and other locations to help students get real-world experience in their fields. KCC’s wide variety of experiences within various settings means students get the best mix of clinical experiences to improve their learning through actual “on the job” training.