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:

Three mobile intensive care units and three non-transport squad units providing advanced life support care to the City of Williamsport and Lycoming County.
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.

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.
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

Penn College paramedic 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.
Geisinger EMS

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.

Five mobile intensive care units and one non-transport squad unit serving Union, Snyder, and Upper Northumberland Counties.
Evangelical Regional Mobile Medical Services

Five mobile intensive care units and one non-transport squad unit serving Union, Snyder, and Upper Northumberland Counties.

Two MICUS and one ALS Squad providing advanced life support care to Jersey Shore and Lycoming County.
Jersey Shore EMS

Two MICUS and one ALS Squad providing advanced life support care to Jersey Shore and Lycoming County.

Two non-transport squad units serving State College, Centre County and surrounding communities.
Mount Nittany Medical Center

Two non-transport squad units serving State College, Centre County and surrounding communities.

One non-transport squad unit and one mobile intensive care unit providing advanced life support care to Tioga 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

Clinical rotations are conducted at UPMC Susquehanna and Geisinger Medical Center, and include:.

  • Emergency Department
  • Operating Room
  • Labor and Delivery
  • ICU
  • Cardiac Cath Lab
  • NICU
  • PICU
  • Adult Psych

Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701