Emergency Medical Technician

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expect the employment of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics to grow by 23% from 2012-2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. People’s lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. People who work as EMTs often go on to further education and other medical careers.

Program Description

Students in this class will learn to work as members of pre-hospital emergency medical care teams administering emergency care to sick and injured while transporting them to the appropriate facility. Basic anatomy and physiology terminology is part of the curriculum as well as practical, hands-on demonstrations. Students in this program have been highly successful at Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competitions, frequently qualifying for state and international competitions.

To Be Successful

Successful students in this program need a 2.5 GPA and have access to the internet. Strong reading, science and computer skills are helpful, as is the ability to prioritize and show compassion for others. Students are required to pass a physical, TB test, criminal background check and must be current with Hepatitis B, Tetanus, MMR, Varicella and seasonal flu vaccines before going on clinical experiences.

Textbook reading level: College Level

Student Organizations

Health Occupations Students of
America (HOSA)


  • Interest in science/general biology/anatomy & physiology
  • Read, comprehend, and write complete sentences
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers
  • Locate and read for information in a text
  • Perform lab activities with oral/written direction
  • Take written notes during lecture or reading text


  • Demonstrate good work habits and attendance
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and interest in the program
  • Work with others and independently
  • Follow directions
  • Adhere to professional standards of dress and behavior
  • Help others and manage multiple projects and assignments
  • Apply critical thinking skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Accept constructive criticism from peers, instructor, and mentors
  • Persevere until skill is attained

Program Specific

  • Enjoy hands-on activities in the lab and classroom
  • Have an interest in the medical field
  • Breakdown medical terminology
  • Follow health and safety requirements
  • Adhere to confidentiality regulations (HIPAA)
  • Acquire all required vaccinations
  • Participate in student organization (HOSA)

Note: Additional education may be required.

  • E.M.T.
  • AEMT
  • Paramedic
  • Medical Careers
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Nursing
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Respiratory Therapy

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.

  • 1.0 4th Math
  • 1.0 2nd Science (Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, Agriscience)
  • 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 Online Learning Experience
  • 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the program.

  • Baker College
  • Ferris State University
  • Jackson College
  • Siena Heights University

(*requires student to take national test)

  • CPR (Health Care Provider Level)
  • National Registry Examination*
  • American Heart Association Health Care Provider

Bob Frank head shotInstructor

Bob Frank brings more than 25 years of EMS experience working within the EMS community as a paramedic.  He has spent the last 13 years as a SWAT Paramedic for the University of Michigan hospital system.  Bob is also a volunteer for his local fire department providing care and transport of sick and injured patients.  He enjoys teaching and challenging students to reach their potential in whatever career they choose.

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Nicole Farrell head shotTeacher Assistant

Nicole Farrell has 17 years’ experience in the healthcare field, including 13 years in a pediatric emergency room setting.  She received her Associate’s degree in Applied Science from Schoolcraft College and is near completion of her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.  Nicole is C.N.A. certified, as well as PALS, ACLS, and BLS certified.  She is excited to work with students who are excited and passionate to learn about the healthcare field.  Nicole feels her real-life experience will be helpful to opening the eyes of the eager students.

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