Paramedic Training

Paramedics are part of a professional medical team responsible for initial patient assessment and treatment in the pre-hospital setting. They are often required to perform life-saving procedures in stressful situations without the resources that are normally available in a hospital setting. 

The profession is rewarding but demanding and requires specialized training to execute. Functioning in the field as an extension of an in hospital care provider, paramedics can administer medications, obtain IVAs, convert cardiac dysrhythmias and much more. In addition to patient care, affective communications and critical thinking skills are a must. Compassion and empathy are also desired attributes of the EMS health care provider. 

If you believe you are the right person for the job, Munson Regional EMS Education is here to help you realize your dreams to become a licensed paramedic. 

Why Train with Munson Medical Center

Our paramedic training program offers:

  • Exceptional instructors experienced in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and related medical specialties
  • Exceptional clinical training through Munson Medical Center, the only Level II Trauma Center in northern Michigan
  • Training exceeds curriculum requirements of the National Highway Safety Administration and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • In partnership with Northwestern Michigan College, session graduates who obtain their license can apply 43 credits toward an Associates of Applied Science in Paramedic Science. 
    • Pass Rate - National Registry Paramedic Written and Practical: 87.5 percent*
    • Retention Rate - Paramedic Program: 80 percent*
    • Placement Rate - Paramedic Program Graduates: 100 percent*

*Based on the 2017 graduating class.

Admission Requirements

All minimum course entry requirements must be submitted/completed prior to the first day of class, September 5, 2019. Requirements include:

  • Completed registration form on the Munson Medical Center/EMS Education website.
  • A copy of your EMT-Basic license or NREMT certificate and provide evidence of:
    • A minimum of one year of experience with a transporting ALS unit or,
    • A minimum of two years of experience on a non-transporting BLS unit or,
    • Completion of an EMT to Paramedic Fast Track Externship (MREMSE EMT-B graduates only).
  • A letter of recommendation from your EMS agency director or chief that describes your experience as required. 
  • A copy of your valid Michigan driver's license.
  • IChat or other background check certificate.
  • Completed and passed EMS provider pre-test scheduled at MREMSE.
  • Application complete for NMC and passed the COMPASS test.
  • Two letters of recommendation as to your personal character (personal or professional references).
  • Obtained and submitted a criminal background check.
  • Proof of professional liability insurance for the term of the course.
  • Completed oral interview with Medical Director, Program Director and Lead Paramedic Instructor.
  • Vaccinations must be up to date, including: 
    • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids within the past 10 years 
    • Measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (two shot series) 
    • Varicella vaccine or documentation verifying that you have had the chicken pox
    • Hepatitis B vaccination (must have started the series, or sign a declination form) 
    • Negative TB test within the past year 
    • Current flu shot 
  • Use of non-prescription drugs (not over the counter medication), illegal drugs, and alcohol are not permitted while enrolled in the course and on Munson Healthcare premises. 

Technical Standards

Technical standards are required of all EMS students. MREMSE student candidate must, with or without accommodations, possess or demonstrate the ability to:

  • Complete a pre-requisite program and obtain the licensure associated with your program.
  • Communicate effectively with team members in person or via telephone and/or radio equipment.
  • Lift, carry, and balance up to 100 pounds (200 pounds with assistance) on level ground, uneven terrain, and up stairs.
  • Push/pull objects 50 pounds or more and transfer objects of more than 100 pounds.
  • Effectively receive and interpret oral, written, and diagnostic form instructions.
  • Use good judgment and remain calm in high-stress situations.
  • Perform medication calculations under high-stress situations, visualize, and state the type of medication given and administer it using the proper and prescribed method.
  • Knowledgeably operate complex basic and advanced life support equipment under high-stress situations.
  • Be unaffected by loud noises and flashing lights.
  • Maintain attention to detail for long periods of time.
  • To see close up and far away in all conditions in order to drive, properly assess and treat patients.
  • To read at the text books prescribed level of reading.
  • Interview patients, their families, and/or bystanders to obtain critical information dealing with mechanism of injury (MOI) or nature of illness (NOI).
  • Document, in writing or computer-based documentation system, all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramifications of such.
  • Relay succinct information appropriately with coworkers, nurses, physicians, and other medical professional in regard to the status of your patient.
  • Use manual dexterity with the ability to perform all tasks related to the highest quality of patient care.
  • Run, walk, kneel, bend, navigate stairs, retrieve, and carry all manner of equipment, stand for periods of time, write reports and stay in uncomfortable positions for prolonged periods of time.
  • Withstand varied environmental conditions, such as extreme heat, cold, and moisture.
  • Work with other providers to make appropriate patient care and treatment decisions.
  • Behave professionally and perform all aspects of work in an ethical manner in relation to peers, faculty, staff, and patients.

  • Adhere to the codes of confidentiality.
  • Conform with appropriate standards of dress, appearance, language, and public behavior.
  • Show respect for individuals of different age, ethnic background, religion, and/or sexual orientation.
  • Follow direction from instructors and team leaders to ensure the completion of assignments and lab scenarios.

Training includes more than 1,500 hours over a 15-month period, including classroom and online instruction, clinical experience, and a field internship.

Registration Information

A completed registration form, required documentation, and a $500 deposit must be received. The remaining balance is due by the first day of class, Sept. 4, 2019, unless other arrangements have been made with the MMC Regional EMS Education manager.

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Classroom Location

EMS Education Classroom
Foster Family Community Health Center
550 Munson Ave.
Traverse City, MI 49686

Current Class Schedule

  • Classroom study and lab: Wednesday Lab and Thursday Lecture, 9 am - 3:30 pm; 12 or fewer students
  • Monday or Thursday Lab Day and Thursday Lecture, 9 am - 3:30 pm; 12 or more students
  • Capstone internship classroom: Wednesdays, 9 am - 3:30 pm

Clinical training takes place at Munson Medical Center, area EMS agencies, and to-be-identified clinical sites throughout Michigan. 

Paramedic Program Pre-Course Testing

To be successful, a paramedic student must possess strong reading comprehension and basic math skills, applying principles to difficult situations, and learning complex technical information in a minimal time frame.

Pre-course testing is designed to ensure that the most qualified candidates are selected for paramedic training. All candidates must meet the minimum baseline for EMT knowledge, including medical terminology and skills, specifically patient assessment skills. 

Oral Interview

An oral interview with the MMC Regional EMS Education manager, the course coordinator and the medical director is required for entry into the Paramedic Training Program. Panelists will review the applicant’s qualifications, pre-course and general EMT skills test results, as well as the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program. 

Anatomy and Physiology (A&P)

A strong background in anatomy and physiology is an important component of a paramedic education program. Students must have a strong knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to understand more advanced medical subjects covered in a paramedic course such as pathophysiology, pharmacology, and cardiology. 

The Paramedic National Standard Curriculum strongly recommends college-level anatomy and physiology as a prerequisite for a paramedic program. A&P is included in the schedule for the Munson Medical Center Regional EMS Education course to assist students in meeting this requirement. However, MREMSE encourages students to attend a college-level A&P course prior to taking this course.

Course Size

Course size is limited to 24 students. If we receive more than 24 applicants, pre-course testing and entry criteria will be used to select the most qualified candidates. If less than 10 qualified students are enrolled, MMC Regional EMS Education reserves the right to cancel the course.

Course Fees and Payments

Course fees include all classes, textbooks, and labs supplies. The $500 registration deposit will be applied against the total cost of the program. The remainder ($6,800) is due on or before the first day of class, Sept. 4, 2019, unless other arrangements have been made with the MMC Regional EMS Education manager. 

$6,950          Tuition (online textbooks, ACLS, PALS, and PHTLS)
$350             Lab fees (supplies, and uniform shirts)
$7,300           

Checks should be made payable to Munson Medical Center Regional EMS Education and sent to Munson Medical Center Regional EMS Education, 1105 Sixth Street, Traverse City, MI 49684. 

Please contact us if you are a Munson Medical Center or North Flight employee for additional details on tuition.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 231-935-7844.

Refund Policy

All refund requests must be delivered in writing within 48 hours of cancellation to the course instructor or MMC Regional EMS Education at 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.

  • A 100 percent refund will be issued if the program is cancelled by the sponsor.
  • A 100 percent refund LESS the $500 deposit will be issued if the student has been accepted into the program and notifies, in writing, the manager or lead instructor PRIOR to the beginning of the second class. 
  • No refunds will be issued after the beginning of the second class.
  • Upon cancellation, textbooks may be returned if not written in and are in saleable condition; otherwise the cost of the textbooks will not be refunded. 

For more information about Munson Medical Center EMS Education’s Paramedic Training, please contact William H. Brodin, Advanced Educator, at 231-935-7844 or Laura L. Criddle, Program Director, at 231-935-7832.

Northwestern Michigan College Associate Degree Program

Munson Medical Center and Northwestern Michigan College have partnered to offer all MREMSE graduates who have successfully obtained their Paramedic license an opportunity to obtain an Associate degree in Applied Science. 

Paramedic Certificate to Associate Degree Programs Articulation Agreement: This articulation agreement provides transfer admission opportunities for graduates of Munson Regional EMS Education Paramedic (EMT-P) Program who are academically qualified and interested in completing an associate's degree at Northwestern Michigan College. Students must complete all 5 transferable modules and receive their EMT Paramedic Certificate and obtain licensure to practice in order to transfer 43 credits to Northwestern Michigan College.

The next Paramedic Training Session begins on September 4, 2019 and runs through October 26, 2020.