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)

Related Careers

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

High School Credit*

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

  • 1.0 Anatomy (tbd) or 3rd Science
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 Online Learning

College Credit Opportunities*

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

  • Baker College
  • Ferris State University
  • Jackson College

Certification Opportunities

(*requires student to take national test)

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


Tom Ayers, a Siena Heights University graduate, has been in the emergency medicine field for over 35 years. He has been a road medic and teaches a variety of classes for Emergent Health Partners and Schoolcraft College. Mr. Ayers is an LISD Teacher Excellence Award recipient and HOSA State Advisor of the Year for 2013-14.

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