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Careers in EMS

Ready to start being your best in EMS? These programs have scholarship and grant opportunities!

Contact Information Grant Opportunity Description

Tri-Hospital EMS

8109859876

Karyn Belanger

kbelanger@thems.org

https://www.thems.org

Tri-Hospital EMS (THEMS) has been awarded grant funding to help offset the cost of EMS Education and to facilitate gaining more employees for the EMS workforce. The funding will help to cover the cost of Tuition, testing, and licensing fees for eligible students October 1st, 2023 - September 30th, 2024. Contact THEMS for more information.

Livingston County EMS

5175408624

Ryan Dennett

rdennett@livgov.com

Livingston County EMS will be offering a paramedic program! This program will include free tuition and free books. If you are interested in more information, contact us!

Life Support Training Institute

3133046057

Amy Slinker

aslinker@superiorambulance.com

Ferndale Fire Department

2485462510

Chief Robinson

trobinson@ferndalefirerescue.org

https://www.ferndalemi.gov/news/ems-workforce-grant

“Barriers to education are real; this grant can remove them for those individuals who are interested in becoming paramedics but have been unable to do so,” said Ferndale Fire Chief Teresa Robinson. “We’re proud to have received this funding and excited about the awesome opportunity that Ferndale is now able to provide.”

Through this grant, the Ferndale Fire Department will provide selected candidates with sponsorships to Paramedic school. This includes payment of tuition and fees for the program and an hourly wage for hours spent in the program’s scheduled components—classes, clinicals, and internships.

Applicants must possess a State Basic EMT license; Firefighter I and II is additionally preferred but not required.

For more information, please contact the Ferndale Fire Department at 248-546-2510.

Mobile Medical Response

9898771319

Melissa Dukarski

mdukarski@mobilemedical.org

mobilemedical.org

Our current grant opportunity is an EMT training academy with students to be paid while they train to become an EMT. The location is in Gratiot County to be held in the St. Louis City Hall classroom. The class starts January 8 - February 24, 2024. The course is 7 weeks long, Monday-Friday.

American Training Institute

8106009155

Dominic Foster

dfoster@americantraining.net

www.americantraining.net

Our grant opportunity is in the form of Paramedic scholarships and student reimbursements for transportation related expenses and internet. 100% of all grant funds are designated to be used to support education-related expenses for Paramedic students. Please call our office for further details!

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

2695483231

Daniel Benard

dbenard@kvcc.edu

https://www.kvcc.edu/programs/health_careers/

Kalamazoo Valley Community College is the recipient of multiple grant awards for EMS workforce development, especially for paramedic level. These grants provide scholarship for both EMT and Paramedic. KVCC is disbursing scholarships and stipends through the financial aid office and workforce grant funds are combined with traditional scholarship and grant funds. EMT classes are offered each term, and there are one and two term part time options. Matriculation courses are a one term option for MFR's who want to complete EMT. EMT workforce scholarship includes all tuition and fee's and students may have some out of pocket expenses like textbooks, if other financial aid does not apply. For paramedic students KVCC is a degree only program and students will graduate with an Associates of Applied Science in EMS. Because we are a degree only program, grant funds can reimburse prerequisite course expenses for those admitted to the paramedic program. Paramedic funding includes all tuition and fee's, direct program costs such as textbooks and admissions screening, and a stipend for miscellaneous costs such as travel or clinical uniforms. Since the paramedic program is a 12 month, full time commitment our objective is to provide funding so there is little to no out of pocket expenses for paramedic students. KVCC is also providing scholarship for child care to qualified students who are admitted into the program. Since different grants apply to EMT and paramedic students should contact the EMS program director or Health Careers Admissions Coordinator for specific information.

Ogemaw County EMS Authority

Justin Rogers

justin.rogers@ogemawcountyems.com

www.ogemawcountyems.com

We are providing EMT training at no cost to individuals interested in a career in EMS.

Kellogg Community College

2695652650

EMS Education Department

EMS@kellogg.edu

www.kellogg.edu/ems

We will be posting an update regarding the EMSWD-2024 Grant once the official contract/agreement is signed. We completed adjustments and are now pending review.

For more news about Kellogg Community College, view our latest press releases online at https://daily.kellogg.edu/category/news-releases.

Dorsey College

https://www.dorsey.edu/ems-programs/

Woodhaven Campus - 7342855400

Petra Miskelley

pmiskelley@dorsey.edu

Madison Heights Campus - 2486177974

Selina Spears

sspears@dorsey.edu

Grand Rapids Campus - 6162821590

Chandler Bass

cbass@dorsey.edu

1) Emergency Medical Services Workforce Diversified – 2024
Dorsey College is approved to grant 34 paramedic students each $10,200 in scholarship funds to pay for tuition and usual out-of-pocket costs as follows: Paramedic tuition $9,295; NREMT exam fees $160; Blood pressure cuff $30; Stethoscope $75; Gas Card/Bus Pass $365; Uniform including 2 Dorsey College navy uniform shirts; uniform/trauma pants $80; black work boots $90 and black belt $25. Each student will be responsible for a 10% deposit ($930) paid in 5 installments of $186 each. The $930 deposit will be reimbursed to the student upon successful program completion and passing the NREMT paramedic examination. Dorsey College is an institutionally accredited institution, with its paramedic program also holding programmatic accreditation, and is committed to providing quality career education and positive reinforcement to enable the development of self-esteem, self‐reliance, professionalism and confidence in all students coupled with an obligation to support the diverse communities in which they live and work.

2) Emergency Medical Services Workforce Scholarships – 2024
Dorsey College is approved to grant 37 emergency medical technician students each $2,000 in scholarship funds to reduce the cost of attendance. This scholarship pays for over 70% of the cost of tuition. Each student will be responsible for approximately $1,095 in costs, comprised of $795 in remaining tuition, plus approximately $300 in out-of-pocket costs for required equipment which includes a blood pressure cuff $30, stethoscope $75, and uniform $195 (consisting of pants, work boots and belt). $395 in tuition is due at enrollment, with 2 subsequent payments of $200 each. Dorsey College is an institutionally accredited institution and is committed to providing quality career education and positive reinforcement to enable the development of self-esteem, self‐reliance, professionalism and confidence in all students coupled with an obligation to support the diverse communities in which they live and work.

A career in Emergency Medical Services could be a new beginning for you.

Right now in Michigan, there are many openings for EMS professionals. Whether you are looking to do intermittent work in your community helping people or you are planning to start a new and exciting career path, there is a place for you. From Medical First Responders (MFR) to Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) through to paramedic, you’ll not only make a real difference in people’s lives, you’ll learn foundational skills to apply across your life.

Is a career in EMS right for you? If you answer yes to the questions below, you could be a perfect fit.

  • Do you want to help people?
  • Are you cool and calm under stress?
  • Can you think fast on your feet?
  • Do you like excitement and adventure?
  • Do you want to be a part of a community?
  • Are you good at working with people?
  • Are you interested in a career in healthcare?

Where do I start?

There are two entry levels in EMS, Medical First Responder (MFR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). If you plan to mainly work response in your community, MFR is likely where you need to start. If you plan on a career and furthering your medical education, you should start with your EMT.

Medical First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder

Medical First Responders (MFR) also known as Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), are people who are usually first on scene of an emergency. MFR’s are trained to treat and care for an individual until an ambulance can arrive at the scene and continue care with advanced training.

MFR training is easily obtained by many different sources within the state. MFR training is a combined course with classroom lectures, practical, hands on training with equipment and patient simulations additionally, an on-line component could also be added depending on the program you will attend. The average course time is around 60 hours of both lecture and hands-on learning.

Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic?

In order to become a Paramedic, you first have to become an EMT. An EMT requires less training (and cost) than becoming a paramedic. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are EMS providers who may respond to emergencies in a variety of situations. The EMT may work on an ambulance with another EMT (BLS unit) or with a Paramedic on an ALS ambulance. EMT’s can also be found in hospitals working as an ER Technician or a Patient Care Technician.

EMT training is easily obtained by many different sources within the state. EMT training is a combined course with classroom lectures, and hands-on training with equipment and patient simulations.  Some programs may offer a hybrid course, depending on the program you will attend. Students will be required to complete a required number of clinical hours on an ambulance and possibly a hospital ER. These hours are determined by their program, requiring the state minimum hours.

Paramedics are EMS providers who may respond to emergencies in a variety of situations. The Paramedic will normally  work on an ALS ambulance or an Echo unit, which is a non-transport advanced life support capable vehicle. Echo units can be found in rural and urban response areas. Paramedics may also work as a Community Integrated Paramedic, which allows them to work with people in their homes on a non-emergency basis.   Paramedics can also be found in hospitals working as an ER Technicians, Cardiac Monitoring Technicians, or a Patient Care Technicians.

Paramedic education builds on the knowledge base learned in EMT and adds IV therapy, administration of numerous medications and administration routes, defibrillation, EKG Interpretation, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, advanced airway and in addition an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and operations.

Both EMT’s and paramedics provide emergency care and transportation and are critical links from the scene of an emergency to the health care system.

Training Time, Costs, and Salary

EMT:

Salary: The average salary for a EMT in Michigan is around $32,000 a year.

Time: Six months of training, 8 hours per week (usually divided into 2–4-hour sessions)

Cost: About $2,250 total (including tuition, books, and miscellaneous expenses)

Paramedic:

Salary: The average salary for a paramedic in Michigan is around $42,000 a year. 

Time: 21 months of training, 8 hours per week (usually divided into 2–4-hour sessions)

Cost: About $8,200 (including tuition, books, and miscellaneous expenses)

 

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