Bryan Matthew Harmer, PhD

Bryan Matthew Harmer, PhD
Bryan Matthew Harmer, PhD

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine


Bryan Harmer, MA, has 19 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He spent the first 8 years of his career responding to medical emergencies as a critical care paramedic in both rural and urban EMS settings. During this time, he participated in various EMS committees aimed at improving quality of care, and helped develop several educational programs. He became a licensed EMS Instructor-Coordinator and was promoted to Quality Assurance Manager and Assistant Director of Education at Reading Emergency Unit Institute of Prehospital Medicine. He left this position to pursue a full-time career in academia. He completed his Masters in Health Professions Education at Michigan State University. He is currently a full-time Professor and EMS Simulation Coordinator at Lansing Community College (LCC). While at LCC, Mr. Harmer has participated in several committees within the college, national organizations, and at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of EMS and Trauma Preparedness (MDHHS-BETP). He has designed and restructured several curricula including the nationally-recognized Military Medic to Paramedic program. He worked closely with the MDHHS-BETP to develop the first college-based Community Paramedicine program in Michigan. The focus of Mr. Harmer's research is on human factors in patient safety and simulation. He is currently collaborating with the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D School of Medicine (WMed) and Michigan Medicine on studies examining pediatric medication errors in EMS.

  • Education and Training

    • PhD 2024, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Western Michigan University
    • MA 2013, Health Professions Education, Michigan State University
    • BAS 2011, Emergency Medical Services, Siena Heights University
    • AAS 2004, Emergency Medical Services, Kellogg Community College
  • Research

    • Emergency Medical Services