Redefining the Classroom

Hands-On Learning

The paramedic program at Lake Superior State University is an outstanding program which allows the students to obtain both a strong academic degree as well as hands-on emergency medicine training.  There is an associate degree in paramedic technology, a certificate program in paramedic training and a minor in paramedic technology.

This program is designed to allow students to obtain their paramedic certification.  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.

The Paramedic Program:

  • Provide students with a broad-based, liberal education.
  • Provide students with the skills necessary to perform as 21st century emergency medicine practitioners.
  • Assist students with their development of a set of professional ethics.
  • Assist students in the development of their critical thinking skills.
  • Assist students with the development of their writing skills.
  • Provide an educational atmosphere where active learning may occur.
  • Assess the educational outcomes of the program.


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Simulation Center Shines for Regional Professionals

Lake Superior State University Nursing and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students, alumni, faculty, and staff teamed up to demonstrate the unique capabilities of LSSU's Simulation Center to health professionals invited from throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula, northern Lower Peninsula, and Algoma region of Ontario.

Aside from undergraduate instruction, the Sault Ste. Marie, MI center provides assessment, remediation, certification, transition to practice, and community outreach opportunities for a variety of health care specialty disciplines.

Working this exercise are LSSU Health Center medical director Dr. Timothy Tetzlaff (in green); lead simulation specialist Judy Hering (foreground); and LSSU EMS students and alumni. An important benefit of the Center is its ability to present students that have life-threatening conditions. The paramedicine program at LSSU has been collaborating with the Simulation Center to provide constantly changing conditions that requires EMS students to react just as they would on real calls. As our simulation program expands, so will the ability to meet the needs of our pre-hospital health care students.


National licensure for EMT-Basic and Paramedic


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