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Paramedic Program 

Do you currently have an EMT License and have taken
BIOL 145 or BIOL 201/202?

For more information, please contact Marv Helmker at
517-483-1530 or email him at

The Lansing Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

The LCC Paramedic Program began in 1975, continues its widely recognized status as one of the strongest in the State of Michigan, and continues with its commitment towards excellence for faculty, staff, students and the community. Since 1990, the Lansing Community College Paramedic Program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  As such, we subscribe to standards as determined by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The goal of LCC's Paramedic Program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Lansing Community College Paramedic Program Calendar Year 2018

The following statistics are based upon students who completed the LCC Paramedic Program in August 2018:

NREMT Paramedic Exam Pass Rate:    79%
Paramedic Program Retention Rate:   74%
Paramedic Graduate Job Placement:  100%

For questions surrounding the Paramedic Program please contact the Health and Human Services Division at 517-483-1410.

General Program Information

LCC offers two options for completing the Paramedic Program with a course of study preparing the Basic EMT in advanced techniques of administering care in life threatening situations. Students are accepted into the program every fall semester.  Students receive clinical experience in both hospital and EMS agency locations.

Certificate of Achievement - 36 credit hour program completed in two semesters, plus an arranged internship held in the summer semester.

Associate Degree - 64 minimum credit hour program including completion of the Basic EMT Certificate Program curriculum, the Paramedic Certificate Program curriculum and core curriculum courses.

Graduates of either course of study are required to successfully complete the certification examination offered by the National Registry of EMT's to practice as a paramedic. Once certified by the National Registry, application can be made for state licensure with the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of EMS, Trauma, and Preparedness.  The license must be renewed every three years.

The LPN/Paramedic to RN Advanced Standing Program is available for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) or licensed Paramedics, to pursue a degree as a Registered Nurse. For complete information an Advanced Standing Advising Guide may be requested either on the Nursing program page or by calling 517-483-1410. Students meeting the qualifications may apply for Advanced Standing admission to the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Selective Admission Information

The Paramedic Program is a selective admission program.  Students meeting Phase I Admission Requirements will be ranked for admittance into the program using a point value system. Points will only be awarded to students who meet the Phase I requirements at the time selection of students for admission is made.

All admission procedures are coordinated through the Selective Admissions Office at or 517-483-1182. Health Careers Academic advisors are also available through the Center for Academic & Career Pathways. Call 517-483-1957 option 4 to schedule an appointment. Therefore, any student desiring admission into this program should visit the Health & Human Services Advising Guide page to find the Selective Admission Application.

Selective Admission Applications must be submitted to Student Finance at the payment counter in the Star Zone on the 2nd floor of the Gannon Building. There is a $50 application fee due at the time of submission. Students should attach all documentation of work experience and other required student information regarding the Paramedic Program.

The student applicant is responsible for providing verification of other education experience information not contained in the current Lansing Community College official transcript.

Click here to view Advising Guide

Continuing Education Information


Nature of Work

Paramedics are typically 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 Paramedic is trained to care for patients on accident scenes and on transport by ambulance to the hospital under medical directions. The Paramedic has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, trauma and many medical emergencies.

Many career Paramedics work in metropolitan areas. Paid-on-call Paramedics work in smaller cities, towns, and rural areas.

Skills You Need

Paramedics are required to have physical and emotional strength and stamina, as well as skills in interpersonal relationships, 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, Bureau of EMS, Trauma, and Preparedness.

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 Paramedics rather than for volunteers. In addition, a large segment of the population - the aging baby boomers - will increase the demand for EMS 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 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.

Expected Earnings

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


Associates Degree


Emergency Medical Services, AAS




Paramedic, CA


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.

Paramedic - Admission Requirements

The student applicant is required to:

  1. Submit an application and application fee of $50 for selective admission at the payment counter in the Star Zone on the 2nd floor of the Gannon Building prior to the established deadline date.
  2. Provide Lansing Community College with transcripts from all other college(s) attended.
  3. Take math, reading, and writing placement exams in Assessment Center, GB-Suite 2100. Scores will be used to advise applicant of additional preparation recommended before entering the program.
  4. Provide proof of successful completion of Basic EMT.
  5. Successfully complete BIOL 145 or BIOL 201 and BIOL 202 courses with a 2.5 grade or better.
  6. Attend all scheduled orientation meetings.
  7. Provide a copy of their official driving license.
  8. Submit copy of iCHAT report.*
  9. Provide evidence of good physical and mental health.

*After obtaining qualified status

All admission requirements and program information is available in the Paramedic Program Advising Guide.


Physical Guidelines - Basic Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic

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 EMS 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 and the paramedic internship 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.

LCC Scholarships

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

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

EMS I/C Certificate Program Promo

Instructor Coordinator Course (I/C)


Admission Criteria

  • Currently licensed as an MFR, EMT-B, EMT-S, or EMT-P with the state of Michigan

Note: Three years of EMS experience with a life support agency are required in order to apply for Michigan I/C licensure.

Related Link

Results of 2017-2018 Instructor Coordinator Course:

  • First attempt pass rate for Spring 2018 - 95%

Students surveyed at the end of the program reported:

  • 100% agreed they would recommend this course
  • Overall program quality rating: 4.5 out of 5

Contact Information

Marvin Helmker at 517-483-1530 or



Military Medic to Paramedic at Lansing Community College

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