Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
People's lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.
In an emergency, EMTs and paramedics are typically dispatched by a 911 operator to the scene, where they often work with police and fire fighters. Once they arrive, EMTs and paramedics assess the nature of the patient's condition, while trying to determine whether the patient has any pre-existing medical conditions. Following protocols and guidelines, they provide emergency care and transport the patient to a medical facility. EMTs and paramedics operate in emergency medical services systems where a physician provides medical direction and oversight.
Courses to be completed will be based on the individual student’s career goal. Each student will participate in academic advising regarding classes to be completed. To apply to either the EMT Basic or Paramedic Programs, contact Deb Aspinwall, Health Careers Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 932-4231 Ext. 224 or 1-800-682-5910.
Applicants need to be aware that any history of misdemeanor and/or felony conviction or past abuse may make them ineligible to meet clinical requirements (the student may have to withdraw from the program and will be ineligible to take the licensure exam). The state to which the graduate applies determines eligibility for licensure.
Emergency Medical Technician Basic
Gogebic Community College offers two EMT Basic Programs to prepare students to take the licensure examination to become EMT’s. Both programs are offered every other year on the odd year at the Ironwood Campus. The State of Michigan fully approves the program. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits GCC.
Option One: Certificate Program
Option Two: Specialized Study
Contact Cindy Franck regarding which option is right for you.
EMS Paramedic Program
Gogebic Community College offers two options to complete the Paramedic Program.
All applicants must meet admission requirements. High School or college course work should include a year each of biology, chemistry, and algebra. Students must complete Math 104 (intermediate Algebra) and English 101 (English Composition I) assessment testing or equivalent courses.
Both options are two semesters in length offered on even years at the Ironwood Campus. This will allow for current EMT Basics to complete their Paramedic program and apply to take the licensure exam. The State of Michigan approves the program. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits GCC.
Graduates are eligible to apply to any state and take the licensure examination. Clinical sites may require criminal background checks.
EMS class locations
Higher Learning Commission
Gogebic Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Higher Learning Commission
The Gogebic Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
The Gogebic Community College Paramedic program holds a Letter of Review, which is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, but is a status granted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.
For more information contact Deb Aspinwall,
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