Where Can I Find Paramedic Training Programs in Pennsylvania?

Find schools in Pennsylvania offering EMT-Paramedic degree programs and certificates. Learn about program requirements and get admissions and tuition info for EMT-Paramedics living in Pennsylvania. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

As a paramedic, you may be involved in situations where you need to know about water rescue, trauma procedures, advanced life support and emergency vehicle operation. You can find programs preparing you for all these situations, and more, in Pennsylvania.

What You Need to Know

Students interested in enrolling in a paramedic training program in Pennsylvania may choose to earn a certificate or an associate's degree. All available paramedic training programs in the state are offered by two-year, public schools. A certificate in paramedic studies may be earned in one year or four semesters; an associate's degree in paramedicine is conferred following six semesters of study. Applicants to paramedic programs must first be certified as an emergency medical technician (EMT) at the basic level, at the minimum. Other admission requirements may include a background check, malpractice insurance, and/or hazardous materials training.

Certificate Programs in Paramedic Technology

Harrisburg Area Community College

With five campuses around central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) offers paramedic training at the certificate level. You have the option of taking the program in daytime, evening or hybrid format. Hybrid programs blend online lectures with in-person clinical lab sessions. Lab sessions are composed of hospital and field practicum and typically take place on a weekly basis. Graduates of both programs can sit for the NREMT-Paramedics (NREMT-P) examination. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in field experiences and an externship, all required elements of this program.

  • Program Name: Paramedic (EMT-P) Certificate
  • Program Length: 4 semesters
  • Prerequisites: 18 years of age, high school diploma or GED, minimum math score, Pennsylvania EMT-Basic certification with at least 100 emergency calls, meeting with program director
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,015 per year for in-district residents; $7,500 per year for state residents; $8,940 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public

Luzerne Community College

In this 1-year program, you'll take several courses to build the paramedic skills you will need to pass the NREMT-P exam after completing your certificate. You'll learn about water rescue, basic life support in trauma cases, advanced life support for cardiac patients and advanced life support for pediatric patients. You'll also learn to operate emergency vehicles. You might also choose to complete the associate's degree paramedic program, which takes 2 years to complete and will also prepare you to pass the NREMT-P exam. It has basically the same prerequisite requirements for program admission as the certificate program, with the addition of several more prerequisite courses.

  • Program Name: Certificate in Advanced Life Support - Paramedic
  • Program Length: 1 year
  • Prerequisites: 18 years of age, high school diploma or GED certificate, CPR certification, EMT-Basic certification and 24 hours of operations-level hazardous materials training.
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,770 per year for in-district residents; $8,700 per year for state residents; $12,630 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 6,000 (all undergraduate)

Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT)

At PCT, you'll have to complete courses in human anatomy, college experience and basic life support prior to admission to the paramedic technology program. In your first term, you'll study airway management and complete your first clinical practicum; you'll complete three more of those throughout the program. You'll also take courses in cardiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology, obstetrics, pediatrics as well as learn how to handle trauma situations.

  • Program Name: Paramedic Technicians (PE) Certificate
  • Program Length: 4 semesters
  • Prerequisites: Completion of prerequisite courses totaling 13 credit hours; 18 years of age, high school diploma or GED certificate; CPR certification, EMT-Basic certification and completion of health questionnaire, criminal background check, malpractice insurance, child abuse clearance and 24 hours of hazardous materials training
  • Tuition and Fees: $15,810 per year for state residents; $22,470 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 4-year public; approximately 5,600 (all undergraduate)

Associate's Degree Programs in Paramedic Technology

Delaware County Community College (DCCC)

Offered by Delaware County Community College's Department of Allied Health, Emergency Services and Nursing, the Paramedic Advanced Life Support Associate of Applied Science is geared toward currently licensed EMTs who are looking to advance their skills to become a paramedic, the highest level of EMT certification. The associate's degree program is 67-68 credits. In this program, you can learn advanced life support and patient assessment techniques. The curriculum also includes study of trauma systems, paramedic concepts and patient management based on assessments.

The program combines classroom-based learning with hands-on practice in labs. Completion of the paramedic training program at this school enables you to qualify for the NREMT certification at the paramedic level (www.nremt.org).

  • Program Name: Paramedic Advanced Life Support Associate of Applied Science
  • Program Length: 6 semesters
  • Prerequisites: Delaware EMT-Basic license and a high school diploma
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,760 per year for in-district residents; $8,350 per year for state residents; $11,840 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 12,500 students (all undergraduate)

Harrisburg Area Community College

The Health Careers Division at HACC offers the EMT-P Associate in Arts. To enter this program, you must be admitted to the college as a student and to the EMT program as a clinical student. You can expect to complete multiple field and hospital experience courses in addition to basic and advanced life support. You'll also have to complete an advanced life support externship.

  • Program Name: Paramedic (EMT-P) Associate in Arts
  • Program Length: 6 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,015 per year for in-district residents; $7,500 per year for state residents; $8,940 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: 18 years of age, high school diploma or GED, minimum math score, Pennsylvania EMT-Basic certification with at least 100 emergency calls, meeting with program director
  • School Type: 2-year, public

For Pennsylvania paramedics, certificate programs are available through Harrisburg Area Community College, Luzerne Community College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology; for those wanting an associate's degree concurrent with paramedic training, Delaware County Community College and Harrisburg Area Community College both offer programs.

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