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Catalog 2024-2025 
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Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science · Program Code: 253 · Credit Hours: 69 · Contact Hours: 89

Dean: James Cousino

The mission of the EMS/Paramedic Program at North Central Michigan College is to prepare students in the most effective way to become intelligent, competent, and compassionate providers of emergency care.

The Associate of Applied Science degree (Program Code 253) prepares students to function at advanced levels for pre-hospital emergency support services. Successful graduates are eligible to sit for the National Registry Exam which opens employment opportunities in many other states in the pre-hospital field of EMS, public safety, and fire rescue. Graduates may also work in the emergency departments of hospitals and free-standing clinics, and work as safety coordinators for industrial plants. Students are expected to complete a rigorous course of study and to meet minimum requirements established by the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Admission to the College (and, by separate application, to the Program itself) is required, assessment testing is required, and financial aid may be available. The program also requires that students commit time beyond that spent in the classroom to complete program requirements and expectations. To obtain State of Michigan licensure in this field, an individual must be at least 18 years of age.

The Associate of Applied Science degree is frequently considered the minimum qualification necessary to be employed in management positions in EMS; in terms of preparation for licensure as an EMT-Paramedic, the Associate of Applied Science degree (Program Code 253) and the EMS/Paramedic Certificate (Program Code 153) are identical.

Successful completion of EMS 120  and EMS 130  enables the student to sit for the Advanced EMT National Registry Exam (leading to licensure as an EMT-Specialist in Michigan). Students wishing to gain experience as EMT-­ Specialists may elect to leave the program and work after completing the necessary registry examinations and gaining state licensure. These students may re-enter the EMS/Paramedic program within one year without re-taking EMS 120  and EMS 130 .

Students who already possess National Registry status as EMT-­‐Specialists or possess a Michigan EMT-Specialist license must begin the paramedic program with EMS 120  unless they have successfully completed EMS 120  and EMS 130  at North Central within one year of the time of registration into EMS 220 .

All EMS/Paramedic program courses must be completed with at least a “C.”

The North Central Michigan College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied health Education Programs (CAAHEP) ( upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Click here to view program outcomes: EMS Outcomes 2023  

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

Advanced Placement Policy: The Paramedic program does not award advanced placement.

EMS/Paramedic Program Overview

North Central offers four EMS programs. For more information and/or the requirements of these programs, click on the following – EMS / Paramedic Program  Overview.


EMS 110  or current Michigan EMT Basic License. Placement into ENG 111  and MATH 120  or higher or successful completion of MATH 109.


* must be taken before or concurrently with EMS 120 

Suggested Sequence for Full-­Time Students: