Paramedic Practice

Certificate
Students participating in field exercise

About this program

Do you dream of pursuing a career where you can make a difference? When you work in emergency medical services, you definitely will. At Penn College, you’ll be real-world ready thanks to 1,000+ hours of clinical and field experience. Our state-of-the-art labs are equipped with high-fidelity simulators and all the advanced gear used by today’s professionals. Plus, you’ll be supported by dedicated full-time faculty who will stand by your side through training in the lab and during clinical rotations.

Acceptance in this major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission. This major has special EMT certification requirements.

400

Lab Hours

Well-Equipped Labs Including Ambulance, Apartment, & Vehicle Simulators

4:1

Student-to-Faculty Lab & Clinical Ratio

Careers

  • ALS 911 response
  • Critical care transport, including aeromedical services
  • Tactical medicine with police departments
  • Community paramedicine
  • Primary healthcare within the federal prison system
  • Industrial medicine within the oil and gas industry
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.

  • Credits Proven By Certification (EMT) (PMP104)
  • Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice (PMP143)
  • Introductory Clinical Practicum (PMP139)
  • 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)

​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.

  • MTH 011-Career Mathematics or Higher (MPE)

​​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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey (BIO103)
  • Medical Terminology Survey (MTR100)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
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.

Student Experience

"The Penn College EMT and paramedic programs provided me with the hands-on experience needed to first become an EMT and ultimately a paramedic. The countless hours of skills and practice in the classroom have given me the confidence I need to treat patients in the field setting."

Sara Caswell

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.

UPMC Susquehanna
Evangelical Community Hospital Logo
PA Department of Health
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Student Life

Stay active in and out of the classroom

Penn College Circle K

The purpose of Penn College Circle K is to inspire members to become responsible citizens and leaders through a commitment to community service. Penn College Circle K provides opportunities for members to become active on campus and within the community through service projects.

Student Organizations at Penn College

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News
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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

A series of supervised field experiences are key for career preparation. Apply your know-how in the real world and learn about the industry first-hand.

Student Experience

The community as their classroom

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, 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. 

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 Paramedic Program Outcomes (CAAHEP/CoAEMSP)
In compliance with CAAHEP Standards V.A.4 and IV.D, the Pennsylvania College of Technology paramedic program posts the following outcome data detailing pass rates on the cognitive and psychomotor National Registry exams, positive placement rates, and in-program attrition/retention. All information is verifiable and consistent with the programs CAAHEP/CoAEMSP annual report. Read more.

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.

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.

Progression in this major is dependent on earning a grade of 'C' (2.0) in each major-specific course. 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 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

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, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

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.

Some items are available for purchase through The College Store.

Program Review Executive Summary AY2015-2016

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.

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

  • 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
  • Dr. Kenneth B Kephart, '11, Paramedic, 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
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lorenzo Marefka

SASC, Rm. 1088
800.367.9222 ext. 7111
lmarefka@pct.edu