You're a natural leader. Calm under pressure. And the first to rise to action during times of need. If a career in emergency response is your future, you've come to the right place. At Penn College, you can earn a dual degree in Emergency Management and Paramedic Science in as few as four years. Learn alongside knowledgeable and passionate faculty. Put theories to the test in technology-driven labs. And get vital hands-on experience through extensive field work and clinical rotations. Whether you imagine yourself serving as a paramedic or taking the lead in emergency management, this one-of-a-kind program will set you on a path to success.

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 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).

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

Suggested course sequence for dual degree

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
BEM101 Introduction to Emergency Management Operations 3 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, & Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3 3 S REQ
MMM Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3   S MMM
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM103 The History & Evolution of Emergency Management 3 3 M REQ
HIS126 World History II 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement 3 S REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical & Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
MTH159 Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences 3   3 S REQ
or
MTH157 Business Statistics 3   3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM202 Emergencies, Disasters, & Catastrophes 3 3 M REQ
BEM201 Incident Command System Operations 3 3 M REQ
PSY111 General Psychology 3 3 S REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
HSJ263 Criminal Justice 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM210 Disaster Preparation & Planning 3 3 M REQ
BEM230 Disaster Recovery 3 3 M REQ
BEM240 Introduction to Homeland Security 3 3 M REQ
BEM221 Crisis Communication 3 3 M REQ
BIO103 Human Anatomy & Physiology Survey 4 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM450 Emergency Management Internship 3 M REQ
JUS Directed Emergency Management Elective (300-level or higher) 3   S JUS
OEE Exploration Elective 3   S OEE
TOTAL CREDITS 9
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BEM250 Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management 3 3 M REQ
BEM300 Critical Infrastructure 3 3 M REQ
PSC251 Principles of Public Administration 3 3 S REQ
PSC261 International Relations 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement 3 S REQ
BEM311 Technological Elements of Emergency Management 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PMP143 Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice 5 4 3 M REQ
PSC402 Terrorism, Civil War & Genocide 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 S REQ
BEM265 Social/Psychological Foundations of Emergency Management 3 3 M REQ
BEM350 Bioterrorism 3 3 M REQ
MTR104 Basics of Medical Terminology 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
SOC313 Research Methods 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 S REQ
PMP139 Introductory Clinical Practicum 1 M REQ
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
TOTAL CREDITS 7
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PMP244 Medical Emergencies for the Paramedic 4 4 M REQ
PMP248 Cardiology and Pulmonology for the Paramedic 4 4 M REQ
PMP233 Paramedic Skills and Simulations Lab I 3 9 M REQ
PMP249 Intermediate Clinical Practicum 1 M REQ
FIT Fitness & Wellness Elective 1   S FIT
OEE Exploration Elective 3   S OEE
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PMP261 Special Patient Populations for the Paramedic 4 4 M REQ
PMP262 Trauma and Advanced Operations for the Paramedic 4 4 M REQ
PMP263 Paramedic Skills and Simulation Lab II 3 9 M REQ
PMP259 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1 M REQ
JUS Directed Emergency Management Elective (300-level or higher) 3   S JUS
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
PMP270 Paramedic Field Internship 4 M REQ
BEM495 Emergency Management Capstone 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 7

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.

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, 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.