Emergency Medical Services (ER)

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)Accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

(Effective Fall 2018)

This major is a 72-credit, two-calendar-year major that exceeds the College's core requirements for an associate of applied science degree. Extensive classroom, laboratory, and clinical/field experience prepares the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician examination and become certified as a paramedic. Major area course work meets or exceeds the National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic as prescribed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to major-area course work, students complete health electives that support, develop, and/or enhance their role as public safety and health care providers. A scholarly written presentation will be completed in the final semester to synthesize, analyze, and develop solutions to a pre-hospital health care issue or problem.

Career Opportunities

Most paramedics are hired by private service, fire department, municipal/governmental, or hospital-based ambulance companies. Opportunities to specialize as a paramedic include tactical medicine with police departments, critical care inter-facility transport including aeromedical services, disaster management with technical rescue teams, primary health care within the federal prison system, and industrial medicine in the oil and gas industry. Advancement within the Emergency Medical Services profession includes administrative, governmental, public health, and education. Promotion often requires academic degree credentials.

Recommended High School Subjects

Students should take four units of high school English, three units of social studies (preferably including one psychology or one sociology), three units of mathematics (one of which is Algebra I or Applied Math II (with Algebra II preferred), and three units of science with a related laboratory (anatomy & physiology preferred). Because of the strong emphasis on science in this major, applicants must have successfully completed one year of high school biology. Students who do not meet these recommendations can work with a College adviser to prepare for the program.

Special Admissions Requirements

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. These admission requirements are not considered an irrevocable contract between the pre-major student and the College; the requirements are subject to change at the College's discretion.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting ).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean. Students successfully completing this major may be eligible for acceptance into the College's Applied Health Studies or Applied Management bachelor-degree major. Students desiring transfer into these bachelor-degree majors must work closely with an adviser to choose appropriate, transferable courses.

International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • comprehend, apply, and integrate the cognitive knowledge essential to function as a paramedic.
  • demonstrate appropriate level of technical capability and proficiency with psychomotor skills and assessment.
  • demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional expectations of an entry-level paramedic as related to roles, responsibilities, well being, and legal and ethical guidelines.
  • function and react as an entry-level paramedic, applying the problem-solving, decision-making, and critical-thinking skills required for assessment-based management in various clinical settings.
  • recognize and demonstrate the importance of adapting pre-hospital care to a diverse patient population of age, gender, culture, religion, and background within a community.
  • apply therapeutic and professional communication skills when working with patients, patients' significant others, colleagues, other health care providers, and members of the community.
  • demonstrate regard for information literacy by utilizing library and other learning resources to gather, interpret, and report information.
  • employ fundamental computer skills as applicable to work environment.
  • demonstrate enhanced competency with public, interpersonal, intercultural, foreign language, technical and/or professional communication skills.
  • apply a broad intellectual aptitude and awareness with regard to pure science, management, psychology, sociology, human services, personal wellness, and/or cultural diversity to support and enhance role as a public safety and health care professional.
  • recognize the dynamic integration of liberal arts, sciences, and professional education as a component of lifelong learning.

Performance Standards

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


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
PSY111 General Psychology 3  
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3  
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4  
Second Semester Credits
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4  
PMP104 Credits Proven By Certification (EMT) 6  
CMM Communication Elective 3  
MNA Math Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3  
EMS Directed Health Elective 3  
Summer Session Credits
PMP134 Airway Management and Assessment for the Paramedic 4  
PMP135 Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic 4  
PMP139 Introductory Clinical Practicum 1  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
Third Semester Credits
PMP243 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the Paramedic 6  
PMP247 Pulmonary and Cardiology for the Paramedic 6  
PMP249 Intermediate Clinical Practicum 1  
Fourth Semester Credits
PMP253 Medical Emergencies for the Paramedic 4  
PMP254 Obstetrics and Pediatrics for the Paramedic 4  
PMP256 Trauma and Behavioral for the Paramedic 4  
PMP259 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1  
Summer Session Credits
PMP269 Summative Clinical Practicum 2  
PMP279 Application of Research in Pre-Hospital Medicine 2  Writing Enriched Requirement
EMS Directed Health Elective 3  

MTH 150 or higher is suitable for students desiring continuation to bachelor's degree. PMP 103 requires Pennsylvania Department of Health EMT Certification to register. (Credit by exam is available for demonstrated competency via written and practical examination.) PMP 122 - Emergency Medical Technician (8 cr.) is required if not certified as an EMT. Current American Heart Association CPR certification is required in the Paramedic curriculum. 

Additional Information

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, student malpractice insurance, health insurance, hospital and field uniforms, criminal record clearance, drug testing, and certification exams.

Notice of Conviction

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-Paramedic 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.


The Penn College Emergency Medical Services major 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.


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