Published on December 06, 2021

Registration for January EMT and Paramedic Classes Now Open

For those interested in becoming an emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic, MyMichigan Emergency Medical Services will offer certification programs beginning in January 2022. Classes will be held weeknights from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Midland EMS Station 8, located at 4601 Wellness Drive in Midland.

“This is a critical time in health care. According to the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services Michigan, is at least 1,000 paramedics short of the number needed to meet demand. What’s more, paramedic training programs were shut down due to pandemic,” said Scott Shaffer, educator coordinator, MyMichigan EMS. “We’re ready and excited to get our training programs back on track. Employment of EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. After just over one year of training time, you can be ready for a well-paying career all while making a difference in your community.”

MyMichigan Emergency Medical Services EMT and paramedic certificate programs are designed to help students perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The EMS program prepares students for employment in EMT or paramedic positions in today’s health services field. MyMichigan’s program provides learning opportunities that introduce, develop and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention and advancement.

In Basic EMT, also called EMT-B, held Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday, students learn basic life-saving skills and health care knowledge needed to provide pre-hospital care. These skills include assessing the patient's condition, performing CPR, dealing with blood loss, administering bandages, managing respiratory problems, first response treatment for common injuries and emergency childbirth. The course also includes disaster and hazmat training. Certification requires at least 154 hours of classroom and practical education.

The paramedic course, held Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday, builds on the training learned in Basic EMT. This requires an additional 1,200 to 1,600 hours of classroom and clinical training. Attendees will learn about pharmacology; cardiology; interpreting EKG rhythms; respiratory emergencies, including endotracheal intubation and emergency surgical airway procedures; trauma care, I.V. therapy, childbirth and Haz-Mat training.

“There are so many reasons to become a paramedic,” said Schaffer. “First, every day is different. You respond to a multitude of calls dealing with different situations, in different locations. Second, it’s rewarding as you will respond to assist people in need of medical care or traumatic injuries. There is also great growth potential. For example, as a paramedic there are many career paths you can follow, paramedic to nurse programs, flight paramedics, or firefighter paramedic.”

Those interested in registration or information including course fees and requirements may visit www.midlandgladwinmca.org or contact Schaffer by email at scott.schaffer@midmichigan.org or phone at (989) 633-1318.