This major is a 37-credit, four-semester program that culminates in a certificate in Paramedic Technician. 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. Paramedic Technician courses meet or exceed the National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic as prescribed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
The Penn College Paramedic Technician major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP); Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727-210-2350; www.caahep.org. The major is also accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
Most paramedics are hired by private service, fire department, municipal/governmental, or hospital-based ambulance companies. Opportunities to specialize as a paramedic include tactical medicine with police departments, critical care inter-facility transport including aeromedical services, disaster management with technical rescue teams, primary healthcare within the federal prison system and industrial medicine in the oil and gas industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for emergency medical technicians and paramedics was $33,380 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $56,990.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Other Ambulatory Health Care Services||120,990||$16.24||$33,780|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||68,020||$19.42||$40,380|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||46,630||$18.23||$37,930|
|Other Support Services||2,200||$16.74||$34,820|
|Outpatient Care Centers||1,640||$19.55||$40,670|
Statistics reported in May 2017
Special Admissions Requirements
Anyone desiring entrance into this major must first gain admission to Penn College. Applicants who are accepted into the College will be placed in a pre-major status based upon pre-entrance testing and the requirements of the major. While in pre-major status, the students begin prerequisite course work that will prepare them for courses specific to the major. Pre-major students are then evaluated for acceptance into the major in June and August. Acceptance is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission and is explained in Paramedic Program Admission Requirements. These admission requirements are not considered an irrevocable contract between the pre-major student and the College; the requirements are subject to change at the College’s discretion.
Progression in this major is dependent on earning a grade of 'C' (2.0) in each major-specific course.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean. Students successfully completing this major may be eligible for acceptance into the College's Emergency Medical Services associate-degree major and the Applied Health Studies or Technology Management bachelor-degree major. Students desiring to transfer into any of these majors must work closely with an adviser to choose appropriate, transferable courses.
International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to Health Sciences majors.
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.
Clubs & Activities
Notice of Conviction
Child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies involved in fieldwork and/or capstones. Agencies can bar students from their sites if a criminal record exists or a positive drug test is noted. By virtue of contract for Penn College students to be at clinical sites, agencies have the right to ask for random drug testing. Inability to gain clinical or fieldwork or intern education experiences results in inability to meet program objectives or outcomes. The Pennsylvania Department of Health advises that a drug abuse or criminal record can result in ineligibility to take the Emergency Medical Technician certification exam, thereby limiting employment opportunities as a paramedic. For additional clarification, students can speak with the Program Director or the Dean of Health Sciences.
Paramedic Advisory Committee
- Gene M Baker, Jr., Manager of Pre Hospital Services, Evangelical Community Hospital
- Timothy D Case, Clinical Education Specialist, American Medical Response
- Dr. Gregory R Frailey, FACOEP, Medical Director, Prehospital Services, Susquehanna Regional EMS
- Ms. Wendy S Hastings, EMS Program Manager, Lycoming County Department of Safety
- Mr. Rich A Kelley, Prehospital Clinical Supervisor, Mount Nittany Medical Center
- Mr. Kent Knable, Paramedic (PaDOH), EMS Chief, Centre Lifelink EMS
- Mr. Chris E Miller, Chief of Police, Pennsylvania College of Technology
- Dr. Samuel J Slimmer, Associate Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Geisinger Health System
- Mr. Jim Slotterback, NREMT-P, Paramedic Specialist, Susquehanna Health
- Kyle Stavinski, National Registry Paramedic, Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Services
- Mr. Charles G Stutzman, NREMT-P, Administrative and Connection Pastor, Light & Life Chapel
- Mr. Andrew Tom, Paramedic Manager, Soldiers & Sailors Hospital
- Mr. Mark A Trueman, Deputy Chief/Manager of Pre-Hospital Operations, UPMC Susquehanna/Susquehanna Regional EMS
- Mr. Stephen R Wirth, Esquire, Attorney, Page, Wolfberg & Wirth
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.