Redefining the Classroom

Career Options

Paramedics are trained to aggressively manage all types of emergency situations by providing scene control, emergency medical care and patient transport to a medical facility or trauma center. The paramedic is an integral part of the health care team, serving as an extension of the hospital emergency department. Paramedics provide a variety of skilled functions in the pre-hospital phase of patient care, often the most critical period of care. The professional paramedic is highly motivated and qualified by education and certification to provide pre-hospital care under the supervision of a physician director of the Emergency Medical Service System.

This program is designed to allow current fire science and public safety students to earn a minor and obtain their paramedic certification; it also allows students to obtain paramedic certification without committing to a four-year degree. Students can be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic after the first year with little or no previous training; and as a Paramedic at the end of the second year. Graduates will be eligible to challenge state and/or national licensure examination for both EMT-Basic and paramedic license.

  • Emergency Paramedic -Works in the pre-hospital setting, providing emergency care and scene management in all types of emergency situations.
  • Firefighter-Paramedic - Works in civilian or private setting, providing fire suppression, rescue operations and emergency care.
  • Public Safety Officer - Works in the community, providing emergency care, fire/rescue and law enforcement services to the general public.
  • Hospital Technician - Works in the hospital or trauma center setting, providing staff support services in critical care areas including the emergency department and critical care/intensive care units.

Megan Mandley
Paramedic student Megan Mandley listens for a blood pressure during paramedic skills and simulation lab session at Lake Superior State University. Emergency medical technicians take the lab to gain certification as a paramedic. LSSU Fire Science Instructor Dave Duncan teaches the class along with paramedics from the Sault, Mich., fire department. Mandley is a senior in fire science, with an associate's in paramedic technology, from Royal Oak, Mich.

For more of this story click here.

Photo by Robert G. Girolamo