It’s official! In the fall (2015), Bay College will open the door to its Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT) Certificate Program and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paramedics.

Applications are currently being accepted. If you are interested in becoming an EMT or a Paramedic, please contact our Allied Health Coordinator at 906-217-4073 for more information on gaining acceptance into either of these programs.

The Paramedic program is a 69 credit Associate of Applied Science degree ladder program where Part 1 is a 30 credit EMT-Basic certificate program and Part 2 is a 39 credit Paramedic completion program.

EMT Certificate Program

Senior Woman Receiving Emergency Medical CareThe goal of the EMT Certificate Program is to prepare graduates to demonstrate entry level competence in delivering safe care to patients on accident scenes and on transport by ambulance to the hospital under medical directions. The EMT has the emergency skills to assess a patient’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, trauma and many medical emergencies. To assist the student in reaching this goal, Bay College’s EMT Certificate program will combine general education with program specific lecture, lab and clinical courses. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, state licensing is performed through the State of Michigan Department of Community Health Division of Emergency Medical Services.  A written exam is offered by the National Registry of EMTs and must be taken for licensure. Students will have the option of exiting the program after completing Part 1 if they wish to gain experience in the field as EMTs.

If you are interested in becoming an EMT or a Paramedic, please contact our Allied Health Coordinator at 906-217-4073 for more information on gaining acceptance into either of these programs.

Associate of Applied Science Paramedic Program

The Associate of Applied Science Paramedic Program will prepare graduates to demonstrate competent entry-level skills as Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics. A Paramedic is a highly skilled and knowledgeable health care professional who helps to stabilize or revive a patient as he/she is being transported to an emergency room. The Paramedic is the leader of the pre-hospital team and directs the care delivered by Basic EMTs and First Responders.  Bay College’s Paramedic Program will combine general education with program specific lecture, lab and clinical/field courses. The first two semesters of the program will incorporate the Basic Emergency Medical Technician certificate. Students must obtain an EMT license prior to taking the 200 level Paramedic (PMED) courses. Graduates of the Paramedic Program will be prepared to take the National Registry Exam for Paramedics. Passing this exam is required prior to the graduate obtaining a Michigan License to practice as a Paramedic.

The Paramedic program will be designed to ensure that the curriculum and the credentials of the administrators/faculty comply with the standards established for accreditation of Paramedic Programs by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professional (CoAEMSP).

Skills Needed

EMTs and Paramedics are required to have physical and emotional strength and stamina, as well as skills in interpersonal relationships, effective communication and critical thinking.

Employment and Wage Predictions

Currently there are approximately 226,500 EMT/Paramedic jobs in the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics/Occupational Outlook, employment of Paramedics is expected to grow 20-35% through 2020. The median annual wage of EMTs and paramedics was $30,360 in May 2010.  It is anticipated that the aging “baby-boomer” population will spur the increase in medical emergencies outside of the inpatient health care facilities. This population added to the decreasing use of inpatient care settings will increase the demand for full-time paid paramedics rather than volunteers.

The EMT/Paramedic Program is a selective admission program. Students interested in the program may obtain information regarding the admission/ application process by contacting 906-217-4073.

EMT/Paramedic Informational Sessions

EMT/Paramedic Program Informational Sessions:
May  14, 2015 – 4-5 PM EST; Health and Applied Technology Building Room 421
June 16, 2015 – 6-7 PM EST; Health and Applied Technology Building Room 421


Patrick Siegle is passionate about the Paramedic profession!


Patrick Siegle

Patrick has been dedicated to providing high quality emergency medical services to the people of the Upper Peninsula since 1992 when he first became a Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic). In 2003, he completed training at the Marquette School of EMS and became a Nationally Registered Paramedic.

In 2012, he received additional training to become a Critical Care Flight Paramedic and began his employment at Valley Med Flight in Iron Mountain, Michigan. This national company had been providing fixed-wing air ambulance services for many years. In 2014, Patrick moved his work site to Escanaba when Valley Med opened the doors of its Delta County helicopter medical transport agency.

The helicopter allows Patrick and his team to quickly respond to a variety of medical emergency situations, transporting patients as needed from the emergency scene to acute care hospitals and also from one hospital to another in the Upper Peninsula and north-eastern Wisconsin. Although the helicopter is compact, it allows space for the Flight Paramedic, the Flight RN, the pilot and the patient along with all of the medical supplies and technology found in a standard ambulance.

Patrick is an active member of the Bay College EMT/Paramedic Program advisory board. He recently obtained his Instructor Coordination Certification through the state of Michigan. With this certification, Patrick looks forward to assisting Bay College with the education of EMT and Paramedic students.