Penn College to offer new 12-month paramedic certificate
A new noncredit paramedic certificate program that will allow participants to build a diverse skill set and sit for the National Registry of EMTs’ paramedic exam – all in just one year – has been announced by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Those who dream of making a difference as a paramedic are encouraged to attend an information session at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, to learn about the 12-month certificate program. That session will be held in the Paramedic Department, on the lower level of the Klump Academic Center, and be connected to Penn College at Wellsboro through Zoom.
Jason P. Zielewicz, executive director of health sciences and emergency services for Workforce Development, and Brady L. Breon, director of paramedic programs at the college, will discuss admission requirements; application, tuition and financial aid processes; licensure; and job opportunities for graduates from both the credit and certificate programs. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.
Classes for the paramedic program – fully immersive instruction in state-of-the-art labs – are held at Penn College’s main campus.
The first cohort of students will start Jan. 2, 2024, and complete the program Dec. 13, 2024. To register, visit Workforce Development's paramedic page.
EMT certification is required for the program. For those who aren’t certified, courses will be offered beginning in August and finish in time for students to advance into the paramedic program in January. EMT registrations will be accepted through July 28 via the Penn College Workforce Development website.
In addition to EMT certification, the paramedic entrance exam and additional requirements are necessary to be accepted into the program. (Additional information regarding the EMT program will be provided during the paramedic information session.)
The paramedic program at Penn College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. The program is also accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS.
This is a clock-hour program, designed specifically by Workforce Development at Penn College. Among financial aid options, students are potentially eligible for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Direct Loans.