Field (Pre-Hospital) Experience
Paramedic students rotate through the pre-hospital setting to gain experience in assessing and treating patients.
- Students are scheduled with paramedic preceptors to assist with their development on a one-to-one basis.
- All of the pre-hospital skills and modalities learned in the classroom are performed in the field setting after successful attaining skill competency.
- The student paramedic's role in the field rotations gradually increases as they progress through the curriculum, beginning as BLS providers, then functioning as ALS team members. During the final semester of the program, students are expected to function as a competent, entry-level paramedic and ALS team leader with a preceptor present for supervision
The following are the advanced life support units on which students will accomplish their field experience:
Susquehanna Regional EMS
Three mobile intensive care units and three non-transport squad units providing advanced life support care to the City of Williamsport and Lycoming County.
Geisinger Life Flight
Critical Care transport service with six air medical bases and two critical care ground transport bases that provide service to 45 counties in Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania
Students conduct field rotations at Geisinger EMS’s Danville Ambulance location. Danville Ambulance provides primary response coverage to all of Montour County and parts of Northumberland County.
Evangelical Regional Mobile Medical Services
Five mobile intensive care units and one non-transport squad unit serving Union, Snyder, and Upper Northumberland Counties.
Jersey Shore EMS
Two MICUS and one ALS Squad providing advanced life support care to Jersey Shore and Lycoming County.
Mount Nittany Medical Center
Two non-transport squad units serving State College, Centre County and surrounding communities.
UPMC-Solider and Sailors
One non-transport squad unit and one mobile intensive care unit providing advanced life support care to Tioga County and surrounding communities.
Clinical rotations are conducted at UPMC Susquehanna and Geisinger Medical Center, and include:.
- Emergency Department
- Operating Room
- Labor and Delivery
- Cardiac Cath Lab
- Adult Psych