Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Emergency Medical Technology

For specific EMT/Paramedic program application information please e-mail the Health Careers Admissions Coordinator at: healthcareers@kvcc.edu.

EMT-Basic Certificate
Paramedic Certificate

EMS Associate of Applied Science Degree

Basic EMT Certificate of Achievement Program

The Emergency Medical Technology program is a one-semester certificate of achievement program. Whether you are getting involved in EMS for the first time or have decided to further your education in this exciting field, KVCC is for you! KVCC is proud to have one of the finest EMS programs in Southwest Michigan. Our graduates perform exceptionally well on National Registry and EMT certification testing and receive high scores at both the basic and paramedic levels. They are also sought after by employers such as ambulance services, hospitals, and other agencies.
As a Basic EMT student you will learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (AHA Healthcare Provider), fracture splinting and bleeding control. You will also learn IV set up and emergency airway equipment, evaluating a patient with multi-system trauma, hazardous materials awareness and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED).
The Basic EMT Program is a one semester, 9 credit hours program. The classes include lecture, discussion, lab and clinical experience. You will be scheduled for 44 hours of clinical experience: 36 hours will be with paramedics at ambulance services and 8 hours will be spent in hospital emergency departments.
Upon successful completion of EMT 110 and EMT 115, your name will be submitted to the Michigan Department of Community Health and National Registry of EMTs and recommended for state registry. The NREMT test consists of both a written and practical examination. Upon successful completion of these tests, you will become a registered EMT who can apply for MDCH licensing.
For more information, contact the Health Careers Admissions Coordinator at healthcareers@kvcc.edu.

Paramedic Certificate Program

The Paramedic Program is a comprehensive program based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s EMT-Paramedic National Education Standards. The program is designed to prepare the student for the challenges of Emergency Health Care. Combining quality instruction and real-world experience, the Paramedic Program is quickly earning a reputation as one of the finest EMS training programs in the State of Michigan. First-time pass rates on the National Registry of EMTs exam are higher than both the national and state averages.

The Paramedic program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP): 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756, Phone: (727) 210-2350, http://www.caahep.org/ as recommended by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP): 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088, Phone: (214) 703-8445, http://www.coaemsp.org/.

The Paramedic program is a three semester (one year) certificate program beginning each Fall Semester. You must successfully complete the courses sequentially to be eligible to take the National Registry exam for Paramedic.

Classes meet two days per week, Tuesday and Thursday. There are two 2-hour lectures and an afternoon lab each day. Students are required to complete a minimum number of skills and patient encounters during their clinical experience. Students are scheduled for approximately 600 clinical hours. Clinical rotations will be scheduled with area ambulance services, hospitals and fire departments.
Prospective Paramedic students must have a current State of Michigan EMT License or proof of eligibility to sit for the NREMT Certification exam. Beginning paramedic students are expected to pass National Registry (EMT-B) exams and obtain licensing from the Michigan Department of Community Health before classes start (www.NREMT.org).


Statement of Purpose:

Basic EMT Certificate: The purpose of the EMT program is to provide entry level practitioners that have the knowledge, technical skills, and work attitudes expected of professional services.
Paramedic: The purpose of the Paramedic program is to provide an entry level, allied health professional who possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation for critical and emergent patients.

For more information, contact the Health Careers Admissions Coordinator at healthcareers@kvcc.edu.