Even as Covid-19 cases decrease, Michigan’s increasing demand for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) is more significant than ever. Last year Medstar launched the state’s first paid full-time EMS Academy to train Emergency Medical Technicians.. The academy has successfully brought more than a hundred new people to healthcare careers without staggering debt. 

To meet the growing demand from the academies, Medstar recently added three expanded classrooms and a simulation lab to its Metro Detroit training facility. 

The EMT academy allows students to earn full-time wages while receiving an education and moving into a rewarding career. Educating and getting more people into the EMT program is beneficial to the health and safety of the community. EMS careers are expected to grow over the next decade as the industry expands to provide in-home clinical services and traditional emergency and inter-facility care and transport.

“The academy streamlines EMT training to full-time employment for people who want to serve their community,” said Kolby Miller, Medstar CEO. “Our graduates gain education and a career path with endless possibilities, all while earning full-time wages. Many of our EMTs advance within our organization as Paramedics, Critical Care Transport Team members, Field Training Officers, and into leadership. For others, it’s a great pathway into various healthcare and public safety careers. With the healthcare systems as stakeholders, we provide the best wage and benefit package in the state and the newest and most clinically advanced equipment.” 

The 12-week training program runs Monday through Friday from 9 am – 5 pm. Upon licensure, academy members are assigned full-time schedules within Medstar’s various operating sites.  

Additional information, including admission criteria and an application, is at  

About Medstar 

Medstar is Michigan’s most integrated 911 EMS, critical care, and mobile health provider, serving more than 190,000 patients annually. Created in 1993 by two local hospitals, the nonprofit agency now provides 911 and interfacility services in nine counties. Healthcare stakeholders include Ascension-Michigan, Henry Ford Health System, and the McLaren Healthcare Corporation. For more information, visit 

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