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 will transition to a 1-year certificate program offered through Workforce Development. This will reduce the length of time to complete the program and better align with the needs of our industry partners and the communities they serve.

The Workforce Development Paramedic Program will begin enrolling students for the first cohort in January 2024, with expected graduation in December 2024. As with the current program, 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 2, 2024 through December 13, 2024

Emergency Medical Technician

The Emergency Medical Technician is described in the National EMS Scope of Practice as basic emergency care and transportation for critical and emergency patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual will possess the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response under medical oversight. They perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. They are a link from the scene to the emergency health system. 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

  • Become a PA licensed practical nurse
  • 1,536 hours of instruction
  • Full- and part-time classes available
  • Classes at Penn College at Wellsboro campus


  • Penn College at Wellsboro campus
  • September 11, 2023 through September 10, 2024

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. Likewise, graduates of the EMT Workforce Development training program who earned their EMT certification are eligible for $1,500 annually towards their Paramedic Practice certificate or associate’s degree in Paramedic Science. 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
Signup deadline nears for Penn College’s fall EMT course

Signup deadline nears for Penn College’s fall EMT course

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Aug. 14 and running through early December, will be offered at three locations by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Seating is limited, and the deadline is approaching: All registrations must be completed by 1 p.m. July 28. Interested participants may register at


Practical nursing information sessions set for Northern Tier

Penn College at Wellsboro’s Practical Nursing Program will host two information sessions for those interested in nursing as a career: Thursday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Sept. 14. The sessions will be held at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St., at 6:30 p.m. and connected to the Potter County Education Council through Zoom.


Penn College to offer new 12-month paramedic certificate

A new noncredit paramedic certificate program that will allow participants to build a diverse skill set and sit for the National Registry of EMTs’ paramedic exam – all in just one year – has been announced by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.