EMS Class Information

Length of Course

1 Year - Seniors Only

Sessions Offered

Morning: 8:00 - 10:00 or 8:00 - 10:45 (depending on the high school)
Afternoon 12:00 - 2:00 or 12:00 - 2:45 (depending on the high school)

Main Areas of Focus

Emergency Medical Care
Patient Assessment
Anatomy & Physiology
Airway Management and Breathing
Medical/Behavior Emergencies
Trauma Care
CPR/Emergency First Aid
Pediatric Emergencies
Operations/Disaster Management

State of Michigan Curriculum Segments

Academic Foundations (Anatomy & Physiology) and Med Math
Medical Terminology (Anatomy & Physiology)
Legal (Charting) and Ethical
Technical Skills (CPR)
Health Maintenance
Information Technology
Work Based Learning

Unique to Emergency Medical Services

There are extensive clinical requirements that take place during the school hours, after school, and on weekends. At a minimum, 8 hours are required in a hospital emergency department and 12 hours (in one, twelve hour block) is required on an ambulance. Additional clinical experiences may be scheduled at 911 dispatch centers, nursing homes, and child care centers. Reliable transportation is required. Uniforms will be required during clinical experiences and are the responsibility of the student.

Required immunizations and a background check must be completed. A physical is also required. Students need to be advised that a criminal background check may be a condition for employment. Drug screening and driving records may also be considered. Registration for the National Registry Exams will be denied if the applicant has been convicted of a felony.


Emergency Medical Technician
First Aid/Safety

High School Credit

Credit is earned at the local high schools when the course is completed. Students may be eligible to earn 4th year math-related credit, 3rd year science credit, VPAA credit, and credit for an online learning experience.  Check with your counselor for the number of credits your high school offers for this class.

Student Leadership

Emergency Medical Services students have the opportunity for leadership, competition, and community service through membership in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).