Effective Fall 2020

Paramedics are allied health professionals who provide patient care and transportation to critically ill and injured patients. Paramedics function as an extension of the emergency physician, providing care utilizing basic and advanced life support methods in the pre-hospital environment.

The Paramedic Practice certificate at Penn College includes extensive classroom, laboratory, clinical, and field coursework that exceeds the current National Education Standards for Paramedics. Students who successfully complete this major earn a college certificate and become eligible to take the National Registry exam at the Paramedic Level to become certified as a paramedic.

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 transport including aeromedical services, disaster management with technical rescue teams, primary healthcare within the federal prison system and industrial medicine in the oil and gas industry.

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 Selective Admission Criteria and Process webpage.

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 http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting ).

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 domain.
  • demonstrate the ability to function as a competent, entry-level paramedic in the psychomotor domain.
  • demonstrate the ability to function as a competent, entry-level paramedic in the affective domain.
  • demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills and clinical decision-making skills while treating critically ill and injured patients in the lab, clinical, and field settings.
  • demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based practice and lifelong learning.
  • apply appropriate interpersonal skills when working with patient’s family members/bystanders, colleagues, other healthcare providers, and members of the community.

Performance Standards

Progression in this major is dependent on earning a grade of 'C' (2.0) in each aspect of their paramedic courses. 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.

Curriculum

Pre. ProgramCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PMP104Credits Proven by Certification (EMT) 63 6 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 6
First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
BIO103Human Anatomy & Physiology Survey 43 3 SREQ
MTR100Medical Terminology Survey 11 SREQ
MPEMath Elective (MTH011 or Higher) 3 SMPE
TOTAL CREDITS 9
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PMP143Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice 54 3 MREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 8
Summer SessionCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PMP139Introductory Clinical Practicum 1 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 1
Third 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
PMP249Intermediate Clinical Practicum 1 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 12
Fourth 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
PMP259Advanced Clinical Practicum 1 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 12
Summer SessionCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PMP270Paramedic Field Internship 4 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 4

PMP 104 requires current certification as an EMT from the state of Pennsylvania or the NREMT. Students can obtain EMT certification while in a pre-program status.

MTH 011 is not suitable for students desiring continuation to associate or bachelor degree.

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 and required vaccinations, 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 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.