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Basic Emergency Medical Technician Program


The Emergency Medical Services Program at Lansing Community College offers a Basic Emergency Medical Technician Program. LCC's program results in a well-educated Basic EMT, providing education beyond the Basic EMT minimum requirements. The program can be taken in two different configurations. Click on the Advising Guide to see the options available for completing the program.

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Requirements to obtain Department Approval

  1. The student must complete an ICHAT Criminal Background Investigation through the State of Michigan's Website and submit documentation from ICHAT to the EMS office before department approval can be given to register for the academy courses.  The EMS office is located in the Health and Human Services Building, Room 108. All records showing on a background check will be sent to the LCC Risk Management Office for acceptance into the program. Meeting the deadline for a refund is the student's responsibility.
  2. A copy of Driver's License or other picture ID with date of birth - (Must be 18 years old to take the National Registry exam and to receive your EMT license.)
  3. Signed Background Check Waiver.
  4. Signed LCC EMS Student Clinical Advisory.
  5. A reading level assessment of 5 and a writing level assessment of 6 is also required to register for the EMT courses.

Please call the Health and Human Services office at (517) 483-1410 if you have any questions on obtaining department approval.

Spring 2020 Information Letter

Students are required to purchase appropriate clinical attire and update their immunizations, including the Hepatitis B series. These costs are in addition to regular course fees.  The medical supplies that are needed are included in the regular course fees.

State licensing is performed through the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of EMS, Trauma, and Preparedness.  A written and practical examination offered by the National Registry of EMT's must be successfully completed for licensure.

Continuing Education Information

Basic Emergency Medical Technician Career Facts

Nature of Work

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) typically are dispatched to the scene of an incident by an emergency dispatcher and often with police and/or fire officers. Once they arrive, they determine the nature and extent of the patient's condition and try to ascertain whether the patient has preexisting medical problems. Following protocols and medical direction, they give appropriate emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient. Emergency treatments for more complicated problems are carried out under the direction of physicians by radio preceding or during transport. The EMT is trained to care for patients on accident scenes and on transport by ambulance to the hospital under medical directions. The EMT has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, trauma and many medical emergencies.

Many career EMTs work in metropolitan areas.

Employment Prospects

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow 20-35 percent through 2018. Population growth and urbanization will increase the demand for full-time paid EMTs rather than for volunteers. In addition, a large segment of the population, the aging baby boomers, will further spur demand for EMT services, as they become more likely to have medical emergencies.

To practice in the State of Michigan, individuals must pass the written practical exam prescribed by the National Registry of EMTs. Upon completion individuals then apply for a Michigan EMS License through the State of Michigan Department  of Health and Human Services, Division of EMS, Trauma, and Preparedness.  The license must be renewed every three years.

Skills You Need

EMTs and paramedics are required to have physical and emotional strength and stamina, as well as skills in interpersonal relationships and effective communication and critical thinking. LCC EMS Students must have a high school diploma or GED and complete the educational requirements set forth by the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of EMS, Trauma, and Preparedness.

Expected Earnings

Earnings for EMTs depend on the employment setting and geographic location as well as the individual's training and experience. The average salary for an EMT is increasing when based with a hospital or fire service.


Associate Degree


Emergency Medical Services, AAS





Basic Emergency Medical Tech, CC


Course Offerings

Many of the courses listed below are offered at LCC throughout the academic year and can be taken to upgrade current skills or fulfill degree and certificate requirements. Visit the Course Offerings page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.

View Course Descriptions - Emergency Medical Technology (EMTA)

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Physical Guidelines

Students must be able to do

  1. STRENGTH. Perform physical activities requiring ability to push/pull objects more than 50 pounds and to transfer objects of more than 100 pounds.
  2. MANUAL DEXTERITY. Perform motor skills such as standing, walking, writing; manipulative skills requiring eye-hand coordination and arm-hand steadiness, taking blood pressure, and using various types of large and small equipment.
  3. COORDINATION. Perform body coordination such as walking, running, climbing stairs, retrieving equipment and moving patients from the floor/bed/chair to a cot.
  4. MOBILITY. Physical abilities to maneuver in small spaces (ambulance) and treatment areas. Ability to walk, stand, kneel, stoop, and to be in prolonged uncomfortable positions.
  5. VISUAL ABILITY. See objects far away, see objects close and to discriminate colors. Visual ability must be sufficient for driving an ambulance and for observation and assessment necessary in patient care. Students will perform such skills as detecting a patient's color, checking pupils, and reading medication labels.
  6. HEARING. Be able to hear normal sounds with background noise and distinguish sounds sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Necessary activities include hearing monitor alarms, emergency signals, listening to breath sounds, and hearing radio transmissions.
  7. CONCENTRATION. Concentrate on details with moderate amount of interruptions.
  8. ATTENTION SPAN. Attend to task/functions for periods up to 60 minutes in length and to attend to task/functions for periods exceeding 60 minutes in length.
  9. CONCEPTUALIZATION. Understand and relate to specific ideas, concepts, and theories generated and simultaneously discussed.
  10. MEMORY. Remember task/assignments over both short and long periods of time and recall theory and skills information in clinical and simulation situations throughout the program.
  11. CRITICAL THINKING. Apply the theory taught in lecture courses in simulations and clinicals. Ability must be sufficient for clinical judgment in patient care.
  12. INTERPERSONAL. Interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Must be able to establish rapport with patients, colleagues, faculty, and professional staff.
  13. SUBSTANCE ABUSE. No evidence of current alcohol or drug abuse.

Environmental Conditions

As an EMS student you will be exposed to a variety of substances within the work environment, hospital sites, and ambulance agencies. You can expect exposure to weather changes, blood, body tissues, and fluids. There is the potential of exposure to electrical hazards, hazardous waste materials, radiation, poisonous substances, chemicals, and loud or unpleasant noises. Clinical rotations result in frequent exposure to high stress emergency situations.

Students will be required to complete a mandatory on-line OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen and Universal Precautions program.


Occupational Outlook Handbook
United States Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Michigan EMS Practitioners Association (MiEMSPA)
2123 University Park Drive
Suite 100
Okemos, MI  48864

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
408 Monroe St
Clinton MS 39056

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
PO Box 29233
Columbus OH 43229

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
EMS Division
400 7th St SW NTS-14
Washington DC

LCC Scholarships

For information on the LCC Scholarship Application process please visit our Applying for Scholarships page.

For LCC Foundation Occupational Program Award Information available to Health and Human Services Division Students, please visit the Foundation's HHS page.

For further questions regarding LCC Scholarships, please contact the Foundation Office at (517) 483-1989.

Basic Emergency Medical Technician Program at Lansing Community College

Emergency Medical Services
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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