Emergency Management & Homeland Security and Paramedic Science

Dual Degree Option
Emergency Professionals

About this program

You’re a natural leader. Calm under pressure. And the first to rise to action during times of need. If a career in emergency response is your future, you’ve come to the right place. At Penn College, you can earn a dual degree in Emergency Management & Homeland Security (B.S.) and Paramedic Science (A.A.S.) in as few as four years. Learn alongside knowledgeable and passionate faculty. Put theories to the test in technology-driven labs. And get vital hands-on experience through extensive field work and clinical rotations. Whether you imagine yourself serving as a paramedic or taking the lead in emergency management, this one-of-a-kind program will set you on a path to success.

Acceptance in the paramedic science major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission and has special EMT certification requirements.

Cohort size may vary based on clinical site availability and alignment with accreditation requirements. Students who are not selected into their desired program may be eligible for selection into another NHS program depending on seat availability. For additional information, please contact the appropriate program director.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

400

Paramedic Lab Hours

1

Only Dual Degree Program Of It's Kind In The Country

275

Emergency Management Field Experience Hours

Careers

  • Promotion in the paramedic field
  • Emergency manager
  • Emergency preparedness coordinator
  • Private sector consultant

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Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Emergency Management Operations (BEM101)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC111)
  • The History and Evolution of Emergency Management (BEM103)
  • Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes (BEM202)
  • State and Local Government (PSC141)
  • Crisis Communication (BEM221)
  • Disaster Preparation and Planning (BEM210)
  • Disaster Recovery (BEM230)
  • Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management (BEM250)
  • American Government - National (PSC131)
  • Criminal Justice (HSJ263)
  • Emergency Management Internship (BEM450)
  • Social/Psychological Foundations of Emergency Management (BEM265)
  • Principles of Public Administration (PSC251)
  • Terrorism, Civil War and Genocide (PSC402)
  • Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice (PMP143)
  • Research Methods (SOC313)
  • Credits Proven By Certification (EMT) (PMP104)
  • Emergency Management Capstone (BEM495)
  • Introductory Clinical Practicum (PMP139)
  • International Relations (PSC261)
  • Medical Emergencies for the Paramedic (PMP244)
  • Cardiology and Pulmonology for the Paramedic (PMP248)
  • Paramedic Skills and Simulations Lab I (PMP233)
  • Intermediate Clinical Practicum (PMP249)
  • Special Patient Populations for the Paramedic (PMP261)
  • Trauma and Advanced Operations for the Paramedic (PMP262)
  • Paramedic Skills and Simulation Lab II (PMP263)
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum (PMP259)
  • Paramedic Field Internship (PMP270)
  • Technological Elements of Emergency Management (BEM311)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC111)
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANT113)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey (BIO103)
  • Research Methods (SOC313)
  • Basics of Medical Terminology (MTR104)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) (MMM)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications (MTH160)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Facilities

Lab Tour

Program Director Chris Boyer shows off three fully equipped lab spaces designed to give paramedic science students the ultimate hands-on experience.

Advanced Learning Labs
Facilities

Advanced Learning Labs

Put your lessons to the test in our simulation labs outfitted with specialized training tools including apartment, ambulance, and vehicle rescue simulators, high-fidelity simulation equipment, and a variety of advanced life support devices.

Emergency Operations Center
Facilities

Emergency Operations Center

Practice your planning tactics and response strategy in our on-campus training center.

Industry Relations

The paramedic and emergency management dual degree option makes perfect sense. Emergency management gives paramedics the depth of knowledge required to function in any capacity during a disaster. While the paramedic program applies the knowledge gained in emergency management to diverse clinical settings.

James Slotterback, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

UPMC Susquehanna

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Sep 26

Open House

Sunday, September 268:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 8

Open House

Friday, October 88:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 23

Open House

Saturday, October 238:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 6

Open House

Saturday, November 68:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 19

Open House

Friday, November 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Dual Degree
Ready to apply? Here's what to do.

Ready to apply? Here's what to do.

On the application, select Emergency Management & Homeland Security as your intended major. Check "Yes" when asked if you wish to declare a dual degree, then select Paramedic Science as a second intended major.

Contact the admissions office at admissions@pct.edu or 800.367.9222 with questions.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Emergency Management Club

Emergency Management Club

Our Emergency Management Club promotes, fosters, and advocates for the professional development within the field of emergency management through trainings, conferences, and professional development opportunities within the emergency management community.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Field Experience

Your knowledge in practice

Through supervised field experiences and internships you'll apply what you learned in the classroom in the real world.

Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Mock crisis authentically adds to interdisciplinary preparedness

Mock crisis authentically adds to interdisciplinary preparedness

Penn College students joined area law enforcement, emergency management and healthcare professionals in a recent simulation at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and a variety of other locations.

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Paramedic students join Penn State EMS at home football games

Paramedic students join Penn State EMS at home football games

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic program have joined Penn State Emergency Medical Services to provide coverage at the university’s seven 2018 home football games in Beaver Stadium.

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Accreditation

The Paramedic Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology 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, 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL 33775; 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. 

More Information

The Paramedic Program at the Pennsylvania College of Technology 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.

Penn College publishes a 3 and 5 year window average results of the outcomes for: National Registry Written and Practical Exams, Attrition & Retention, and Positive Placement consistent and verifiable by its CAAHEP/CoAEMSP Annual Report. See results.

Anyone desiring entrance into this major must first gain admission to Penn College. Acceptance into this selective admission major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission. Details are available on the Selective Admission Criteria and Process webpage.

In addition to tuition, fees, textbooks, and other standard student costs, paramedic students will be responsible for additional costs to include (but not limited to): travel to clinical/field rotations, a complete medical examination and required vaccinations, student malpractice insurance, health insurance, hospital and field uniforms, criminal record clearance, drug testing, and certification exams.

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each aspect of their paramedic courses. Failure to do so will result in termination from the major. The following grading system is applied to all PMP courses in this major. There is no rounding of grades:

A = 90-100
B = 80-89.99
C = 75-79.99
F = 74.99 and below

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.

View general transfer information

Penn College does not offer advanced placement for this program. This includes individuals who hold other healthcare degrees or who have completed paramedic courses at another institution.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, and work/life experience.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures.

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 at Penn College.

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.

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Program Review Executive Summary: Paramedic Science

Program Review Executive Summary: Emergency Management Technology

Students must meet Essential Functions for the Paramedic established by the Paramedic Program, as well as health and safety requirements including, but not limited to, immunizations (MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, annual influenza vaccination, PPD), medical examination, 10 panel drug screen, CPR certification, and background clearances as established by clinical affiliation agreements. Some clinical sites may have additional health and immunization requirements that are not part of the current program requirements, for example, COVID-19 vaccination.

Paramedic Program Goal
The Pennsylvania College of Technology paramedic program’s goal is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

The paramedic program at Pennsylvania College of Technology meets the educational requirements for certification within the state of Pennsylvania. We are aware that our program also meets the educational requirements for certification in the following states/U.S. territories: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina (Associate Degree only), North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. We have not determined if graduates of our program will be eligible for certification in Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands; therefore, students intending to seek employment in these states/territories are asked to contact the program office so that we can help you determine whether our program meets the requirements of the state/territory where you intend to work.