Effective Fall 2021

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 Science Major at Penn College includes extensive classroom, laboratory, clinical, and field coursework that exceeds the current National Education Standards for Paramedics. The program culminates in an Associate’s degree, which is the minimum education level required for promotion in many major EMS systems. Students who successfully complete this major 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 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.

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 lab, clinical, and field settings.
  • 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.

Performance Standards

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each aspect of their paramedic courses. Failure to do so will result in termination from the 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.

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
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
MTR104Basics of Medical Terminology 33 SREQ
BIO103Human Anatomy & Physiology Survey 43 3 SREQ
FITFitness & Wellness Elective 1 SFIT
MNAMath Elective (MTH123 or Higher) 3 SMNA
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
ENL121English Composition II 33 SREQ
or
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
or
SPCSpeech Elective 3 SSPC
PSY111General Psychology 33 SREQ
or
SOC111Introduction to Sociology 33 SREQ
PMP143Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice 54 3 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 14
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
PMP279Application of Research in Pre-Hospital Medicine 2Writing Enriched Requirement2 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 6

MTH 150 or higher is suitable for students desiring continuation to bachelor's degree. 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.

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-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.