EMT Work-Training Program

16-week work-study program

In-person program: all lectures and labs are held in Ann Arbor

Students are paid $13/hr during training

Students sign a two-year full-time employment contract

Applications Closed

The EMT Work-Training program is a 16-week work-study course that provides students with high-quality training to serve as an Emergency Medical Technician. Students who complete this course are prepared to take the National Registry licensure exam, obtain an EMT license, and serve as competent EMTs in the field.

Our EMT course is approved by the MDHHS Division of EMS and Trauma.

Upcoming EMT Work-Training

Course Dates

  • The EMT work-training program is held each fall and spring.
  • Applications typically open around three months before the start of class.

Fall 2024 EMT Work-Training Program

September 3 – December 20, 2024.

In-person Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Clinical Hours: Additional in-person 12-hour clinical and ride-along shifts.

After applications are reviewed, qualifying students will be contacted for an interview.

Students accepted into the program must sign a two-year full-time employment contract with Emergent Health Partners.

Applications Closed

Campus Location

Huron Valley Ambulance Center for EMS Education

1200 State Cir. Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Course Information

What is an EMT Work-Training Program?

The Center for EMS Education’s EMT Work-Training program is a full-time, 16-week work-study program in which students are paid a weekly stipend while training to become Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

Because the course is tuition-free, students sign a two-year full-time employment contract that must be completed after passing the course.

  • Students are paid a weekly stipend of $13/hour.
  • No cost for tuition, books, uniforms, supplies, or required accounts.
  • After passing the course and receiving an EMT license, students are promoted to EMT.
  • Students must commit to working full-time for two years with our ambulance services after completing the course.
    • Work locations include the Ann Arbor, Plymouth Jackson, Monroe, Tecumseh, and Battle Creek areas.
    • Students who break the employment contract must repay the full cost of the EMT course tuition, stipend, and associated program costs.

How is the EMT Work-Training Program different from our traditional EMT course?

Entering the course: Fill out an application and, if selected, go through an interview process and pre-employment screening, including a drug screen, background check, agility test, and physical.

Course length: 16 weeks

Teaching methods: In-person lectures and labs

Location: HVA Center for EMS Education, Ann Arbor

Schedule: M, T, Th, F 8:00 am – 3:00 pm + coursework and clinicals outside of class

Tuition and fees: none

Stipend: $13/hr

Employment agreement: Sign on as an Emergent Health Partners employee during training and sign a two-year full-time employment contract.

After passing the course: Students receive a certificate of completion and can take the National Registry EMT licensure exam. After obtaining an EMT license, individuals work full-time as an EMT with one of Emergent Health Partners’ ambulance services for at least two years.

Entering the course: Sign up for the course and pay the tuition. Pass a drug screen and background check.

Course length: 16 weeks

Teaching methods: Online lectures and coursework. In-person labs.

Location: HVA Center for EMS Education, Ann Arbor (labs and exams only.)

Schedule: Independent lectures and coursework. Labs are Thursdays 8:00 am – 4:00 pm or Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm.

Tuition and fees: $1,700 + books, supplies, and fees

Stipend: none

Employment agreement: none

After passing the course: Students receive a certificate of completion and can take the National Registry EMT licensure exam. After obtaining an EMT license, individuals can apply for employment as an Emergency Medical Technician in Michigan.

Admission Requirements

Before being accepted into the program:

  • Students will go through an interview process and pre-employment screening.
  • Students are selected for the program based on their interview and screening results.


To be considered for admission, students must meet the following requirements:

  • No medical experience is required.
  • Must be committed to working full-time for EMT licensure
  • 18 years or older by the start of class
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license along with an acceptable driving record
  • Submit a current vaccination record.
  • Be willing to obtain the required vaccines during the onboarding process.
  • Pass a drug screen and background check.
  • Students must sign an employment contract with Emergent Health Partners, committing to two years of full-time employment. 
    • Breaking the employment contract leaves the student responsible for paying back the full course tuition, stipend, and associated program costs.

Course Curriculum

Course Curriculum

Students will learn the required skills to successfully obtain an EMT license and serve as an EMT. The curriculum covers:

  • Patient assessment
  • Pediatric assessment and field treatment
  • Understanding of anatomy and physiology
  • Lifting and moving patients
  • Patient extrication, immobilization, and transport
  • Basic airway management and oxygen delivery
  • AHA BLS Healthcare Provider CPR
  • Triaging and handling multiple trauma patients
  • Dealing with complex medical illnesses and life-threatening traumatic injuries
  • Emergency field childbirth
  • Assisting paramedics with medications such as epinephrine auto-injectors, nitroglycerin, and emergency breathing treatments
  • Assisting paramedics with more advanced care
Teaching Tools
  • Classwork is completed online and in person. Class and lab work are documented on online learning platforms.
  • Testing and exams are computer-based.
  • Students are trained on modern EMS equipment, including ALS and BLS jump kits and fully functioning patient care manikins.
  • If needed, students are issued a Chromebook to be used during the duration of the course.
Passing the Course
  • Students must achieve a passing grade in the class and on the final exam to pass the course. 
  • Students must pass two pass/fail components of the final exam:
    • A multiple-choice computer-based exam
    • A psychomotor exam where students demonstrate patient care competency
  • Course grades are based on classwork, assessments, labs, and performance in clinicals
  • Students who pass the course and final exam receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to take the National Registry exam for state licensure.
    • Work-training students are required to take the National Registry exam within two weeks of passing the course.

What does an EMT do?

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a first responder and medical provider.

EMTs respond to 911 calls and provide out-of-hospital emergency care and life-saving interventions to sick and hurt individuals. EMTs also transport patients by ambulance from the scene of an emergency to a healthcare facility.

An EMT is licensed to provide basic medical care and transportation by ambulance. EMT is the level of licensure required to begin a career in EMS.

EMT Skills and Job Duties

Some skills EMTs perform are:

  • Take vital signs
  • Monitor blood pressure
  • Airway management
  • Stabilize the spine and extremity injuries
  • Eye irrigation
  • Bleeding control
  • CPR
  • Use of an AED
  • Limited medication administration
  • Assist patients who have fallen or have limited mobility
  • Drive an ambulance to and from healthcare facilities and emergencies
  • Transport patients from their homes to healthcare facilities via ambulance
  • Transport patients from one healthcare facility to another via ambulance
Traits of an EMT

If you answer yes to most of these questions, a career as an EMT could be a perfect fit.

  • Do you want to help people?
  • Are you good at working with people?
  • Are you cool and calm under stress?
  • Can you think fast on your feet?
  • Do you like excitement and adventure?
  • Are you interested in a healthcare career?
Where do EMTs Work?

EMTs can work for private or government ambulance services, fire departments, or as techs in Emergency Departments.

How do I Become an EMT?
  • After turning 18 and graduating high school, apply for an EMT program approved by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS).
  • After successfully completing an EMT program, register with the National Registry of Emergency Technicians (NREMT) and schedule your NREMT exam.
  • Upon passing the NREMT exam, apply for an EMT license with the State of Michigan.
  • Upon completing these steps, you can now apply for a position as an EMT with a Michigan EMS agency.
  • More detailed information about the process of becoming an EMT can be found on the MDHHS website.

Program Registration

Applications Closed

Get In Touch

Email: emseducation@emergenthealth.org

Phone: 734-477-6218

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