Health Sciences, Safety, & Emergency Services

The Penn College  Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), Paramedic, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs strive to provide the healthcare industry with skilled workers that meet vital needs. Training is also available in medical billing and coding, medical terminology, Advanced Cardiac and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (ACLS & PALS) and many other customizable healthcare topics. Healthcare systems, physician practices and individuals seeking employment in this dynamic field can equally benefit from the quality healthcare programs Penn College has to offer.


  • Workforce Development
  • Center for Business & Workforce Development

Paramedic Certificate

Penn College is committed to continuing our tradition of training exceptional Paramedics, which began with the original Williamsport Hospital Program. As we continue to assess the needs of our industry partners, the financial burdens placed on students, and the needs of our communities; we have realized it is time to make a change.

The Paramedic Program at Penn College is a 1-year certificate program offered through Workforce Development. This reduces the length of time to complete the program and better aligns with the needs of our industry partners and the communities they serve.

The Paramedic Program is currently enrolling students for the  January 2025 cohort, with expected graduation in December 2025. Students who are not yet Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) will need to obtain their certification before entry. EMT certification may be obtained through Workforce Development in the Spring or Fall semesters or at other locations offering the course.

  • Main Campus, Williamsport
  • January 6, 2025 through December 17, 2025

Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) play a vital role in delivering urgent medical care and transporting critically ill or injured individuals outside of hospital settings. They possess the fundamental knowledge and abilities required to stabilize patients and ensure their safe transfer, handling situations that span from routine medical transports to life-threatening emergencies. Serving as a crucial connection between emergency sites and the healthcare network, EMTs contribute significantly to the continuum of care for those in need. This course will meet the National EMS Education Standards and Instructional Guidelines for Emergency Medical Technician and prepare the participant for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level. Total instruction time: 50 hours of video-based lecture plus 100 hours of practical sessions.

Fee: $1,150

Practical Nursing (LPN) Program

Enrolling in the full-time Practical Nursing program at the Wellsboro campus sets you on a path to a rewarding career in just one year. Benefit from expert faculty and hands-on learning in state-of-the-art labs totaling 1,536 instructional hours. Access to Penn College student services ensures you're well-supported as you prepare for the Practical Nursing exam (NCLEX-PN). Plus, if you aim to progress in your career, we offer various pathways to help you achieve your goals. Upon completion, you'll be equipped to work in diverse settings such as hospitals, physician offices, clinics, nursing homes, home health care agencies, and assisted living facilities. Financial Aid options are available for eligible candidates.

September 3, 2024 – August 22, 2025

Graduation - August 26, 2025

American Heart Association (AHA) Heartcode CPR


Online course for new and renewal AHA Heartcode CPR certifications.

Emergency Medical Technician Pre-Apprenticeship

The EMT Pre-Apprenticeship program will prepare participants to become industry-ready personnel for career and volunteer EMS agencies, as well as the opportunity to work in the hospital for some health systems. The program incorporates a flipped-model EMT program, the American Heart Association Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) program, and the NAEMT & American College of Surgeons' Prehospital Trauma Life Support Program (hybrid).

  • Main Campus, Williamsport
  • TBD

PHRN and Critical Care Transport Provider Preparatory Course

Penn College is proud to present this innovative course blending the fundamentals of Prehospital care, with content that prepares the Prehospital clinician to function in the critical care transport environment. Immersive online content provides the foundational knowledge, which is expanded through 48 hours of lab time serving to learn new skills, refresh old skills, and perfect assessment techniques. Specific content and skills explored in this course include:

  • Basic and Advanced Airway Management
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • 12-lead ECG Interpretation
  • Needle and Tube Thoracostomy
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • IO Placement
  • Flight Physiology
  • Medical and Traumatic Emergencies

Currently certified Prehospital Participants will gain a total of 80 hours of continuing education credits. Paramedics can utilize this course to renew their National Registry certification; RN’s will be prepared to challenge the NREMT exam at the paramedic level. Providers will also be prepared to attempt the FP-C, CFRN, and/or CCP-C exams. Applicants must hold a current, unrestricted Pennsylvania RN licensure or Pennsylvania Department of health paramedic certification, as well as ACLS and PALS certification, throughout the course. Participants will have clinical time scheduled outside of our regularly scheduled class time, based upon their availability. Registration is limited to a total of 20 students. The course cost is $1800 per student, including textbooks and PHTLS certification.

Course Offerings

Courses may be customized to meet your company's needs. Contact Workforce Development at for more information.

Pathways Scholarship

Pathways Scholarship

Thanks to the new Pathways Scholarship, graduates of the LPN Workforce Development training program who earned their LPN license, are now eligible for $1,500 annually towards their Nursing, LPN to RN associate’s degree at Penn College. This assistance, which can be renewed annually, coupled with transfer credits from your Workforce Development training will put you even closer to your career goals.

Scholarship Application

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Penn College at Wellsboro

Penn College at Wellsboro

Penn College at Wellsboro serves Northern Tier business and industry training needs, as well as personal and professional development. The campus, instituted by the College in 1983, is located in scenic North Central Pennsylvania.

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Penn College News

College names vice president for workforce development

Alison A. Diehl has been appointed vice president for workforce development at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Diehl’s hiring was approved June 27 by the Penn College Board of Directors. She has been serving as executive director of the college’s Clean Energy Center since November 2023; she begins her new duties on Aug. 5.


EMT course, paramedic program accepting applications

An Emergency Medical Technician course that begins the week of Aug. 19 is accepting registrations. Offered by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Workforce Development, the course will prepare students who are interested in enrolling in Workforce Development’s paramedic certificate program starting on Jan. 6, 2025. The Emergency Medical Technician course will be offered at three locations. Seating is limited.


Practical nursing information sessions set for Northern Tier

Penn College at Wellsboro’s Practical Nursing Program will host two open houses with information sessions: Thursday, Feb. 29, and Thursday, March 21. The 6:30 p.m. events will be held at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St. The sessions will also be connected to the Potter County Education Council through Zoom.