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.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires all paramedic students to hold Pennsylvania EMT certification prior to beginning clinical rotations as a paramedic student. Pre-program students who are not certified may obtain EMT certification through the non-credit EMT program offered through Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Penn College.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
The Penn College Emergency Medical Services 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. To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088; 214-703-8445 or FAX 214-703-8992; www.coaemsp.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 health care within the federal prison system, and industrial medicine in the oil and gas industry. Advancement within the Emergency Medical Services profession includes administrative, governmental, public health, and education. Promotion often requires academic degree credentials.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the salaries of EMT’s and Paramedics together. Paramedics typically earn salaries higher than the mean reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics due to their increased training requirements.
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 Applied Health Studies or Applied Management bachelor-degree major. Students desiring transfer into these bachelor-degree 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-Paramedic 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
- Mr. Gene M Baker, Jr., Manager of Pre Hospital Services, Evangelical Community Hospital
- Mr. Timothy D Case, '05, 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, '12, Paramedic Specialist, Susquehanna Health
- Mr. Kyle Stavinski, '15, National Registry Paramedic, Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Services
- Mr. Charles G Stutzman, NREMT-P, '01, 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, '78, 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.