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Firefighter/Paramedic

Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2017
Year Established
2000
Program Code
FFPAR.AAS
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science
Office Contact
School of Health & Human Services: 313-845-9877, hhsinfo@hfcc.edu, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-132
Faculty Contact
Shannon Bruley: 313-317-6582, sbruley@hfcc.edu, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G133L

Program Description

Description
Offers a career pathway for individuals seeking an entry-level position with a full-time municipal fire service. Course work provides a combination of academic education with necessary hands-on skills. Degree recipients earn an Associate in Applied Science, an EMT-Basic license, paramedic certification, Firefighter I & II certification, and valuable field/clinical experience.
Program Learning Outcomes
  • Maintain equipment and facilities.
  • Respond appropriately to calls.
  • Demonstrate scene control.
  • Conduct a proficient primary and secondary patient assessment.
  • Identify and manage patient illness and/or injury.
  • Determine when to provide pt. transport.
  • Effectively document the incident and patient information.
  • Perform post-incident management tasks.
  • Perform professionally within the firefighter/paramedic field.
  • Provide proof of successful testing for Fire Ground Training.
Career Opportunities
Employment opportunities range from municipal fire services to field and hospital-based emergency care positions. Firefighting positions are highly competitive which is why all students should complete the Associate in Applied Science as a Firefighter/Paramedic. Students who successfully complete the full program can transfer to Siena Heights University, without loss of credit, in order to complete a bachelor degree (inverted major with Bachelor of Applied Science). This positions our graduates well above many entry-level applicants for coveted firefighter positions. There is a great need for paramedic providers. The job outlook is promising and continues to grow. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Handbook 2015, Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs will likely be strong. Physically fit applicants with high test scores and paramedic training will have the best job prospects."

Occupational Exposure/Risk
In emergency medical services, both in school and on the job, exposure to infectious diseases and latex may be minimal to moderate depending on the setting in which students are working. Exposure to illness and infectious disease is an occupational risk for all health care workers. People should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection-control guidelines can reduce the risk to a minimum. People who have latex sensitivity or allergies should consult with a physician prior to entering the program for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health care career.
Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information

EMT-Basic Certification and Paramedic Certification

The paramedic program at HFC reflects the new national curriculum, and all successful completers are eligible to take the National Registry certification exams. The College reserves the right to change policies and course requirements in effect at the time of catalog publication. The EMS portion of the program is constantly updated to meet the changing needs of the profession. This is reflected in the high success rate of our graduates both on the National Registry and in practice.

If an individual is a convicted felon, it could disqualify him/her from obtaining the necessary National Registry Certification. Visit the National Registry EMS Policy for details. After obtaining a National Registry Certificate, individuals can apply for a Michigan EMS License, which is necessary to practice EMS as a profession. If an individual is a convicted felon, questions regarding potential licensure should be directed to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, EMS & Trauma Division.

Program Completion Limits
Once a student is admitted/enrolled into the paramedic portion of the EMS degree, that student must complete with that same group of students. If for any reason a student must stop attending after successfully completing any portion thereof, and wishes to complete, the student must reapply through the EMS office for the desired year of return. Because of the rapid changes in healthcare, legislation and resulting course content, successfully completed EMS classes must be repeated in order to assure competence. This applies to all second year students who start, stop, and then return for completion. Early advising through the EMS office is essential. The College continuously attempts to improve each program and as a result, courses and requirements may be modified. Curriculum, course content, and program criteria are subject to change by action of the College faculty and administration. Contact the Health Careers Office at (313) 845-9877 for any current program updates, or visit www.hfcc.edu.
Accreditation
Henry Ford College is an approved EMS Program Sponsor through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, EMS & Trauma Division. The Henry Ford College Paramedic program holds a Letter of Review which is not a CAAHEP accreditation status, but is a status granted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Program for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) signifying that a program is seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Eligibility

The first year of studies for the Emergency Medical Service degree is open enrollment as long as the student is eligible for placement in ENG-131.

All first year EMS courses must be taken concurrently and passed concurrently with a C or better. Students wishing to enter the second year of studies, which includes the paramedic core, must apply through the EMS office in Health Careers. This level of studies begins every FALL semester. Acceptance to the College is granted to most applicants and does not constitute nor guarantee admission to the paramedic core studies. Early advising for course sequencing is highly recommended. Students are accepted into the program based on a “first-qualified, first-accepted” basis. All potential placements must be registered on the wait list in the EMS office.

For EMS 200-level courses, students will need to satisfy the following prerequisites:

  1. EMT-Basic MI License
  2. Eligible for placement into MATH 110.
  3. Eligible for placement into ENG 131.
  4. Complete one of the following.
    BIO-134 with a C or better OR
    BIO-233 and BIO-234 both with a C or better.

A grade of C or better is required for successful completion of all courses (core and support) listed in the EMS program. Students not receiving a C or better cannot continue in the program until they have successfully repeated the course(s) earning a C or better. Students who do not successfully complete all co-requisite courses in the EMS Program cannot continue with that same class of students. Therefore, students who fail must repeat all coursework (200+ and up) from the beginning up to the point that they failed, and then progress in sequence with the new class of paramedic students. Students who need to repeat paramedic must request to be put on the waiting list for the following year. Re-admittance is subject to seat capacity and prior performance.

Additional Program Requirements
Health Appraisal. Each student is required to complete a Health Appraisal Form, copies of which are available in the Health Careers Office. This appraisal includes a physical, blood titers (to validate immunity to childhood immunizations), TB test, Hepatitis B and boosters if necessary. Actual lab results from the titers need to be submitted with the appraisal to the program. The cost for this appraisal is in addition to the basic tuition and fee schedule. Students in the EMS program must meet the same physical and mental requirements as emergency medical technicians. A representative job profile, also available in the Health Careers Office, lists the specific physical and mental requirements as well as the environmental conditions of the occupation. Students must have basic health insurance coverage during clinical courses. Students must maintain a current Basic LIfe Support CPR certification from the American Heart Association. Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Consistent with Section 20173 of the Michigan Public Health Code and the requirements of our clinical affiliates, a Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen* is required for all students in EMS programs prior to beginning clinical assignments. The cost for this test is in addition to the basic tuition and fee schedule. Students with felony convictions on their record should not enroll into the program as we have a zero-tolerance stance from our clinical affiliates. If such individuals are granted an expungement, then they would be considered for eligibility. Students with a history of alcohol related driving offenses or felony convictions will find it difficult if not impossible to gain employment in public safety careers. Students who are not cleared for clinical through the Health Appraisal, Criminal Background Check, and Drug Screen will not be able to complete the EMS education programs. Uniforms Uniform shirts are provided through the program at the Basic EMT level. Pants, shoes, work belt, stethoscope and exam fees are in addition to the basic tuition and fee schedule. Job Placement Information about career placement and job success is available through either the Health Careers Office or the College’s Job Placement Office.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Program Requirements

Note

NOTE: A minimum of 'C' grade is required in all Required Core Courses.

*The 55 minimum credit hours includes the 9 credit hours for the Firefighter I and Firefighter II certificates that are available at HFC from the training academy. To receive this credit on your transcript see the EMS program director after you have completed your first semester of paramedic studies (200-level or higher EMS course work).

Minimum Total Credit Hours
72.00