Effective Fall 2022

The Prehospital Medicine major prepares students for employment as a paramedic and related Emergency Medical Service (EMS) careers. The degree includes prescribed paramedic science coursework, including extensive prehospital clinical and fieldwork experiences. Coursework in biological sciences, social sciences, and mathematics provides the foundation needed for graduates to pursue graduate education in a variety of fields, such as physician assistant studies, and other master's-level programs that support professional practice careers in the healthcare industry. Graduates will be eligible for certification as a nationally registered paramedic.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Prehospital Medicine major who successfully complete the certification exam are prepared to function as competent, entry-level paramedics, while also being prepared for advancement within EMS systems, including administrative and teaching positions, which generally require a bachelor's degree.

Special Admissions Requirements

Anyone desiring entrance into this major must first gain admission to Penn College. Acceptance into this selective admission major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission. Details are available on the Paramedic Selective Admission Criteria and Process webpage.NOTE: Students seeking entrance into the M. S. in Physician Assistant Studies upon graduation from the Prehospital Medicine degree must refer to the special admissions criteria for complete details regarding the selective admission criteria and application process for this major at https://www.pct.edu/catalog/selective-admission-criteria-process/physician-assistant-studies.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see https://www.pct.edu/admissions/transfer/transferring-credits). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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 Nursing & Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate the ability to function as a competent, entry-level paramedic in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavioral) domains.
  • demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills and clinical decision-making skills while treating critically ill and injured patients.
  • demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based practice and lifelong learning.
  • apply appropriate interpersonal skills when working with patients, family members/bystanders, colleagues, other healthcare providers, and members of the community.
  • utilize scientific inquiry to problem solve healthcare issues.
  • integrate evidence-based practice into the treatment of patients in the prehospital environment.

Performance Standards

Students must earn a minimum grade of ‘C’ in each of their paramedic (PMP) courses. Failure to do so will result in students being dismissed from the Prehospital Medicine major. 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

All in-program paramedic students must hold certification in Pennsylvania as an EMT in order to begin clinical and field rotations as a paramedic student. This certification must be maintained throughout the student's time in the paramedic program. Failing to obtain, or maintain, EMT certification in Pennsylvania will result in the student's removal from the clinical environment and subsequent dismissal from the paramedic program.

NOTE: Students seeking entrance into the M. S. in Physician Assistant Studies upon graduation from the Prehospital Medicine degree will need to earn a "B" or higher in many BIO, CHM, and PHS courses. Please refer to the special admissions criteria for complete details at https://www.pct.edu/catalog/selective-admission-criteria-process/physician-assistant-studies.

Curriculum

First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
BIO108Principles of Biology I 43 3 MREQ
CHM111General Chemistry I 43 3 MREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BIO109Principles of Biology II 43 3 MREQ
CHM121General Chemistry II 43 3 MREQ
MTDMath Elective (MTH180 or Higher) 3 MMTD
MTR104Basics of Medical Terminology 33 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 14
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BIO115Human Anatomy & Physiology I 43 3 MREQ
ENL121English Composition II 33 SREQ
or
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
CHM210Organic Chemistry I 33 MREQ
CHM211Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1 3 MREQ
PSY111General Psychology 33 SREQ
or
SOC111Introduction to Sociology 33 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 14
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PHS115College Physics I 43 3 MREQ
BIO125Human Anatomy & Physiology II 43 3 MREQ
MTH159Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences 33 MREQ
PMP143Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice 54 3 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Summer SessionCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PMP139Introductory Clinical Practicum 1 MREQ
PDEPrehospital Medicine Directed Elective 3 SPDE
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3 SHIP
TOTAL CREDITS 7
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PMP244Medical Emergencies for the Paramedic 44 MREQ
PMP248Cardiology & Pulmonology for the Paramedic 44 MREQ
PMP233Paramedic Skills & Simulations Lab I 3 9 MREQ
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3 SARP
PMP249Intermediate Clinical Practicum 1 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Sixth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PMP261Special Patient Populations for the Paramedic 44 MREQ
PMP262Trauma & Advanced Operations for the Paramedic 44 MREQ
PMP263Paramedic Skills & Simulation Lab II 3 9 MREQ
PDEPrehospital Medicine Directed Elective 3 SPDE
PMP259Advanced Clinical Practicum 1 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Summer SessionCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PMP270Paramedic Field Internship 4 MREQ
PMP279Application of Research in Pre-Hospital Medicine 2Writing Enriched Requirement2 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 6
Seventh SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HTH325Healthcare Delivery Systems 33 MREQ
BIO201Microbiology 43 3 MREQ
SPCSpeech Elective 3 SSPC
CHM370Biochemistry 33 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 13
Eighth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
HTH415Introduction to Global Health 3Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
3 MREQ
BIO210Genetics 33 MREQ
PDEPrehospital Medicine Directed Elective 3 SPDE
HTH497Senior Capstone 3Writing Enriched Requirement3 MREQ
BIO320Immunology & Infectious Disease 33 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15

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.

Penn College complies with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Pursuant to this Act, all forms of marijuana, including medical marijuana, are classified as prohibited controlled substances. Additionally, alcohol, illegal drugs, and legal drugs obtained without a prescription or which may impair a student's ability to perform his/her educational responsibilities are strictly prohibited. Students are subject to drug screening at various phases of the program. Please note that a positive drug screening for marijuana will be deemed a positive test and will result in a student being dismissed from the program, even if the student has been lawfully certified to use medical marijuana and/or possesses a valid medical marijuana identification card issued in accordance with applicable state law.

Accreditation

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, 9355-113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL 33775; 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.