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Paramedic Technical Certificate

Get ready to save lives, help others and lead a team of medical professionals with our paramedic training courses.

About

Becoming a paramedic equips you to provide immediate treatment to victims of illness and injury. Their leadership and expertise play critical roles in public health and safety during medical emergencies, rescue operations, mass casualties, fires and crime scenes.

Our paramedic program is a collaboration with Lancaster Emergency Medical Services. Experienced paramedics, pre-hospital registered nurses and physicians will lead you through paramedic courses, lectures, skill sessions and clinical/field training. In addition to being eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Certification exam, you may receive the following certifications:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • International Trauma Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support

See the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook.

Advanced Placement

The Lancaster Consortium for Emergency Medicine Education does not currently offer advanced placement to students who are seeking to graduate or become eligible to sit for the National Registry or state examination at the paramedic level. All students seeking to graduate or become eligible for the National Registry or state examination must complete all of the requirements of the Lancaster Consortium for Emergency Medicine Education.

Will I be successful?

YEARPABOEMS Class Number
GRADUATION
CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION
JOB PLACEMENT
Initial EnrollmentGraduatedRateNumber Who Took ExamNumber Passing- 3rd attempt cumulative (1st + 2nd + 3rd Attempts) NR/State Written Pass Rate (1st + 2nd + 3rd Attempts) Cumulative Number Passed (All Attempts up to 6)Cumulative Pass Rate (All Attempts up to 6)Jobs within 6 monthsRate
202020-72-034131184.6%11872.7%11100%11100%
2019151173.31111100%
2018301963.33%1919100%
2017231565.22%151593.3%
2016301963.33%1919100%
2015181372.00%131077%

Paramedic Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Paramedic Program must be at least 18 years of age and:

  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED
  • Have current certification as a PA-EMT or PA-AEMT
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Applicants should also be prepared to meet the physical and core performance standards detailed in the College Catalog.

PA College cannot guarantee clinical rotations for students who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Paramedic Curriculum

12-month program consisting of approximately 1,200 hours of classroom paramedic classes and clinical/field experience.

Sample Schedule (Aug-Aug)

Theory:

EMS 201Paramedic Basic Curriculum I
EMS 202Paramedic Basic Curriculum II
EMS 203Paramedic Basic Curriculum III

Mondays/Wednesdays 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., as well as one Saturday in semesters I and II

Students will participate in mandatory Interprofessional Experiences occurring day hours throughout the program.

Clinical Labs:

Students must choose one lab per semester I & II from the time slot list below. There is a maximum of 6 students per lab. There is no lab in semester III.

  • EMS 201L, 01, Tuesday, 1300-1700
  • EMS 201L, 02, Tuesday, 1800-2200
  • EMS 201L, 03, Thursday, 1800-2200
  • EMS 201L, 04, Wednesday, 1300-1700
  • EMS 201L, 05, Sunday, 1300-1700
  • EMS 202L, 01, Tuesday, 1300-1700
  • EMS 202L, 02, Tuesday, 1800-2200
  • EMS 202L, 03, Thursday, 1800-2200
  • EMS 202L, 04, Wednesday, 1300-1700
  • EMS 202L, 05, Sunday, 1300-1700

Clinical/field time to be scheduled by the student based on programmatic standards.

Accreditation

This program 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, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. See more accreditation information.

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