Prior to enrolling in any EMT-Basic, EMT-Specialist or Paramedic classes, students must complete the following:
- Fill out an Application for Admission and be accepted to OCC. (no fee)
- Attend an orientation and apply for admission to the EMS program (no fee). Attendance at an orientation does NOT guarantee registration into the program. Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis. It is incumbent on the student to register when the registration period opens. Call the Program secretary at 248-232-4090 for information on orientation or to be placed on the orientation list.
- Take the COMPASS English Placement Tests and test into ENG 1510, or have passed ENG 1510 or higher. You must also complete all other college required COMPASS testing.
- Be at least 18 years of age to take the National Registry exams at all levels.
- Have no disabilities which might affect your ability to deliver prompt and efficient care to the ill or injured.
- All applicants to the EMS program are required to show evidence of good physical health. Current health forms, including drug screen are required for all clinical levels. Health exams and inoculations can be obtained from your family doctor or any other health care provider.
- Criminal background clearance forms must be submitted and no exclusionary factors may be present in order to be accepted into the program (see the current OCC Catalog under EMS programs or item #10 below).
- Students must begin at the Basic level and pass each required EMS course with an 80% or better to enroll in the next higher level of the EMS program. All BIO classes must be completed with a 70% or better in order to be considered for advancement in the program or successful completion.
- Students must pass all required EMS courses with a 80% or better and all BIO classes with a 74% or better to be eligible to take National Registry exams at each level.
- Under Michigan law, Public Act 179 of 1990, the Michigan Department of Public Health may deny a license to anyone who has obtained, possessed, used or distributed drugs; is physically or mentally incapable of performing his or her prescribed duties; has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony reasonably related to and adversely affecting the ability to practice in a safe and competent manner. Please contact the EMS program if you need more information regarding this Act.
Level of Licensure
Previous CPR and Emergency First Responder training is desirable, but not required. It is recommended that students without previous science or medical background begin by taking MED 1103 (Medical Terminology) and BIO 2630 (Anatomy and Physiology I; note prerequisites in catalog). It is most beneficial if these classes are taken prior to any Basic EMT classes. We offer courses leading to licensure at various levels for career or job-related skills in the emergency medical care field. Upon successfully completing each EMS course with a grade no lower than 80% (or 70% for BIO courses respectively), students are granted certificates, become eligible for exams to qualify for National Registry, and are permitted to enroll in the next higher level of the EMS program.
Students who complete the requirements for an Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical services or Firefighter/Paramedic Technology may earn an Associate’s Degree. Degree requirements may be viewed in the OCC catalog.
OCC offers scholarships, grants, loans and work study programs. For more information, call the Financial Aid office at (248) 232-4346. Information about tuition and registration costs can be obtained by visiting Cost & Financial Aid.
Prospective EMS students must attend an orientation prior to enrolling in the Basic EMT or Paramedic courses. There are 34 seats available per orientation session and you must reserve a seat in order to attend. Please call (248) 232-4090 to reserve a seat.
YOU MUST RESERVE A SEAT TO ATTEND THE ORIENTATION (248) 232-4090