Oakland Community College

The OCC Paramedic Program is offered once per year beginning each fall. The lecture and lab courses are 15 weeks long per semester, meeting once a week in the fall and two times per week in the winter, each for six-hour sessions. Students will also take EMS 1400, an extended EMT clinical in the fall if not completed prior, and the Paramedic clinical in the winter with EMS 2200 and 2300.

The winter lectures and labs are followed by 15 weeks of clinicals and  internship. Prerequisites include completion of an EMT program, pre- or co-requisites include completion of BIO 1650 (Anatomy and Physiology for EMS Providers) or Anatomy and Physiology I & II ( BIO 2630 & 2640), and Pathophysiology (BIO 2660). EMS 1500 (EMS Communications) is a requirement for completion of the program, but may be taken any fall or winter semester after completion of EMT, prior to or during the course of paramedic training.

EMS 2600, offered in the summer semester, is required before the EMS Program Director will approve a student to take the paramedic National Registry exam. Currently, students successfully completing all courses may be eligible to apply for the National Registry Paramedic Exam and to apply for a State Paramedic license.  Students must be accepted into the program prior to registration, and must attend an orientation if they have not attended courses in the OCC EMS Program previously.


Starting Fall 2015 OCC is offering night sections for the paramedic program.  The lecture portion will meet on Monday nights from 6PM-10PM; and the lab portion will be on every other Saturday from 9AM-1PM on the following dates:         

9/26/2015 - 10/3/2015 - 10/17/2015 - 10/31/2015 - 11/14/205 - 12/05/2015 - 12/19/2015

For students that did not attend OCC for their EMT-Basic training, there is a required application and orientation process for this program that must be attended prior to enrollment in a training session to ensure that all prerequisites are met.  For questions please call 248-232-4090.

Prerequisite and required courses are listed as follows:


  • Completion of EMT

Pre- or Co-requisites

  • BIO 1650 or 2630 & 2640 Anatomy & Physiology I &II or equivalent transfer from another facility (students must pass the biology proficiency exam or take BIO 1511 or 1530 to be eligible)
  • BIO 2250 Pathophysiology

Paramedic Courses

  • EMS 1500 EMS Communications (may be taken any fall or winter  as a pre- or co-requisite during the paramedic program)
  • EMS 2200 Paramedic II Lecture/Lab (Includes Pharmacology)
  • EMS 2300 Paramedic III Lecture/Lab (Includes Cardiology)
  • EMS 2400 Paramedic Clinical/Internship I
  • EMS 2500 Internship II (immediately follows Paramedic Internship I)
  • EMS 2600 National Registry Prep


For information regarding admissions into the program please click here.