Faculty

Dr. Chris Boyer

  • Paramedic

For paramedics, preparation and experience can lead to a life or death outcome. The stakes are high, but the reward of a job well done is even higher. Chris takes pride in working with tomorrow’s healthcare heroes to hone hands-on skills and instill confidence for success.

Dr. Chris Boyer
Leading the Way
A vision for the future

A vision for the future

In the paramedic profession, there’s no substitute for hands-on experience. Working in fully equipped labs outfitted with a host of high-fidelity simulators, students can safely master their skills before heading into the real world. Chris’ experience and doctoral research related to the effectiveness of simulation in the learning environment was featured in WilmU magazine.

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Q&A with Chris

TELL US ABOUT THE PARAMEDIC PROGRAM.

The paramedic program exemplifies the concept of hands-on learning. From the very first semester in the program, students complete a combination of lecture, lab, and clinical rotations that include both field and hospital settings. We believe this dynamic, consistent blend of learning – practicing and doing – enables our students to excel as prehospital clinicians.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO PENN COLLEGE?

I am actually an alumnus of the paramedic program. I graduated in 2003 with an associate's degree in Paramedic Technology. When I decided to become a paramedic, I sought out Penn College due to the incredible reputation of the program, which dates back to its days at Williamsport Hospital. After working in the field for 15 years in various states, I came back to Penn College to become the paramedic program director.

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR SKILLS SHARP?

I am still actively working in the field as a paramedic. In addition to my full-time duties as the program director at Penn College, I work as a critical care flight paramedic for Geisinger Life Flight and also work in the field as a paramedic for Evangelical Community Hospital.

WHAT MIGHT YOU TELL SOMEONE INTERESTED IN THE PARAMEDIC PROGRAM?

The program is difficult, but it is worth it. Our students learn various aspects of emergency and prehospital medicine, and truly become experts in their field through their experience. Our labs are outfitted with the latest technology to ensure our students are practicing on the very same equipment they will be using in the field. Our full-time dedicated faculty and staff mentor the students from start to finish.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF THE PARAMEDIC PROGRAM?

Our program consists of full-time faculty and staff who have an immense array of experience. This real-world experience allows us to ensure students' learning at the college is rooted in the same principles and evidence-based practice that they will see following graduation.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO FIND A COLLEGE THAT WILL CHALLENGE YOU & INSPIRE YOU TO GROW?

Medicine is an ever-changing practice. However, the approach of being a scholarly practitioner who is a lifelong learner will never change. We don’t merely train our students how to follow or memorize a protocol, but rather we teach them how to practice prehospital medicine, how to be critical thinkers, and how to make appropriate clinical decisions. We are preparing students for a career in which they will make life and death decisions on a regular basis, and we need to ensure they have the appropriate soft skills to execute those decisions.

Our Leadership

"Being a paramedic is a rewarding career. The days can be long and grueling. However, having a positive impact on what is likely the worst day of somebody’s life makes it all worthwhile."

Dr. Chris Boyer, D.B.A., NRP, FP-C, C-NPT

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Lab Tour

Program Director Chris Boyer shows off three fully equipped lab spaces designed to give paramedic science students the ultimate hands-on experience.

At the ready

At the ready

To give students the opportunity to navigate real-life scenarios, Chris and fellow paramedic faculty organize regular hands-on rescue operations and tactical paramedic activities. One of the latest was a two-week training that included water rescue practice.

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In the field

In the field

From critical care transport to community paramedicine, career opportunities for paramedics are widespread. While training at Penn College, students benefit from unique hands-on experiences. Some even work at sports venues including the Little League World Series complex and Penn State's Beaver Stadium.

 

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Real-World Ready
Always prepared

Always prepared

When disaster strikes, preparation is vital. Paramedic students, along with numerous students across campus, put their training to the test during a large-scale mock crisis. Yet another way to get real-world training, these drills are designed to help students respond to challenges with ease and accuracy.

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Lessons learned

Think a paramedic career might be for you? Get a glimpse of a real lesson. In this session, Chris talks through how paramedics can identify and manage a patient suffering from a heart attack. He also covers patient assessment, history taking, the interpretation of a 12 lead ECG, and pharmacology.  

Programs

Paramedic Science

Make a difference in the lives of others with a career as a paramedic. Or, expand your opportunities with a dual degree in Paramedic Science and Emergency Management & Homeland Security.

All Programs

Unsure which major is right for you? See all academic programs at-a-glance.