Admissions and Financing

Everything about you is unique. So when it comes to choosing what education and professional path is best for you, you deserve the most personalized guidance possible. At Dorsey Emergency Medical Academy, that’s what we do. Our admissions process is as individualized and supportive as everything else you’ll find here. We’ll walk you through our programs, our learning experience, and how to make it work based on your specific circumstances. We encourage you to contact our staff today with any questions you may have.  Here at Dorsey Emergency Medical Academy, we have an open enrollment policy. Courses begin at various times throughout the year; therefore enrollment is continuous.  If you are interested in enrolling in one of our training programs, we encourage you to contact us today to learn more about upcoming courses.

Admissions Information

EMS Programs

EMS students must meet or exceed the following criteria before an application for admission may be accepted, due to State of Michigan licensure and national certification requirements:
  1. Students must have attained the age of 17. *
  2. Students must possess a valid driver’s license.
  3. Students must possess a high school diploma or GED.
  4. Students must meet the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification requirements as described below:
    • Criminal offenses – Applicant MUST submit official documentation that fully describes the offense, current status, and disposition of the case, if the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a civil infraction).
    • Had a healthcare license in any state or to an agency been subject to limitation, suspension, or termination of applicant’s right to practice in a healthcare occupation or the legal right to work.
    • Voluntarily surrendered a healthcare license or the legal right to work.
*EMS students may enroll and attend classes at the age of 17. However, students are not eligible to challenge the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification examinations until they have reached the age of 18.Students must be free from activity restrictions and be able to lift 100-150 pounds.Enrollees may not have a criminal record containing a felony or a misdemeanor conviction which would exclude them from employment, as required by Michigan Public Acts 27, 28 and 29 of 2006.Before a student can begin their clinical rotation, they must submit their immunization record(s) which show that they have: completed MMR vaccinations, a current Tuberculosis (TB) test (good for 1 year), and the Hepatitis B vaccination series (or the start of the series). Students may decline the following vaccinations: Hepatitis B, Rubella, and Influenza. Declination of certain immunizations may limit students’ clinical locations. Clinical training cannot start until all required immunizations are turned in to their lead instructor.For more Admissions information, please consult our Student Catalog or call to speak with a member of our staff today.

Nurse Aide Training Program

Nurse Aide Training Program (NATP) students must be able to perform the physical requirements of the job including walking and standing for long periods, including some bending and stooping and the ability to lift 75 pounds while utilizing proper body mechanics.Students with weight or activity restrictions will be declined admission to the NATP. Pregnant students must get written clearance from their obstetrician.Enrollees may not have a criminal record containing a felony or a misdemeanor conviction which would exclude them from employment, as required by Michigan Public Acts 27, 28 and 29 of 2006.All healthcare providers must get annual PPD-type TB tests to screen for tuberculosis. Students in those programs will be required to get a TB test by the first day of class. Those receiving the PPD-type TB test for the first time will be required to have a second test administered during their class. Students must also provide documentation of the Hepatitis B vaccination series (or the start of the series).For more Admissions information, please consult our Student Catalog or call to speak with a member of our staff today.

Statement of Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment

It is the policy of DEMA to provide a working and learning environment free from discrimination or harassment. In accordance with state and federal law, discrimination or harassment by members of the School community against members of the School community is strictly prohibited based on the following: race, color, creed, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual identity, veteran status, or citizenship status.This non-discrimination and non-harassment policy encompasses the operation of the Schools’ educational programs and activities including admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and all other school-related activities. This also encompasses the employment of all personnel. Dorsey Emergency Medical Academy is committed to ensuring that this non-discrimination and non-harassment policy is effectively observed in all of the Schools’ endeavors.Any student who feels that he/she is being discriminated against for ANY reason may contact the Regional Managing Director or may call the Dorsey Hotline and remain anonymous by contacting 866-526-1053. Additionally, any student experiencing discrimination or harassment should follow the Grievance Resolution Process outlined in this catalog on page 16.Students are also advised that moving in to a new program can be sought through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the State Division of Human Rights, or the Courts or other remedies allowable by law.

Financing Information

At Dorsey Emergency Medical Academy, we know paying for higher education isn’t always easy. So we’ll do everything we can to work with you to ensure that financial hurdles don’t stand in your way.  That’s why we are able to the option of a tuition payment plan so the cost of a program can be spread out over a longer period of time. Additionally, some students are able to obtain assistance funding their education through Michigan Works or another Workforce Development Agency.Select Dorsey Emergency Medical Academy programs are approved for training under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, the Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB), and the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program. “The GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at”

Application Information

  1. Please contact one of our locations to speak to a member of our staff.  They will assist you in the enrollment process for your program.
  2. Nurse Aide training program students:  In order to expedite the process, you may download and complete the following Nurse Aide training program paperwork and return it when you register.
    • Nurse Aide Admissions Application
    • Nurse Aide Background Check Consent 2018