Emergency Medical Services
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This major is a 71-credit, two-calendar-year program that exceeds the College's core requirements for an associate of applied science degree. Extensive classroom, laboratory, and clinical/field experience prepare the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician examination and become certified as an EMT-Paramedic. Emergency Medical Service courses meet or exceed the National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic as prescribed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to Emergency Medical Service courses, students complete directed health electives to support, develop, and/or enhance their role as public safety and health care providers. A scholarly written presentation will be completed in the final semester to synthesize, analyze, and develop solutions to a pre-hospital health care issue or problem.

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Program Specs

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Penn College student uniforms display the Paramedic Technology patch.
A fully functioning ambulance affords students the opportunity to practice advanced life support treatment on scene or during transport in a simulated environment.
Paramedic students practice their skills in the Klump Academic Center, in a laboratory outfitted with a fully functioning ambulance.

About the curriculum

Classes

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Accreditation & Industry Connections

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Program accreditation.

After graduation

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for emergency medical technicians and paramedics was $31,270 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,420.The top 10 percent earned more than $54,710.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services114,250$15.17$31,550
Local Government (OES Designation)69,060$19.12$39,770
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals38,710$16.97$35,300
Other Support Services2,680$16.87$35,090
Outpatient Care Centers1,550$15.32$31,870

Statistics reported in May 2013

Performance Standards

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Transfer Procedures

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

A field uniform is required for ambulance rotations and a clinical uniform is required for hospital rotations. Adherence to a dress code is required for safety reasons in addition to compliance with field and clinical affiliate sites requirements. Manufacturers and vendor information can be obtained from the program office upon admission into the major. See the complete list.

Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.

Notice of Conviction

Notice of Conviction via the College Catalog.

Paramedic Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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