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Paramedic (EMT-P)

Associate Degree Program (369P)and Certificate Program (333P) - Harrisburg

The paramedic 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, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.orgTo contact CoAEMSP: 4101 W Green Oaks Blvd Suite 305-599, Arlington, TX 76016, 817-330-0080, FAX 817-330-0089, www.coaemsp.org

The advanced-level (EMT-P) curriculum is intended to prepare students to function on an ambulance (MICU or squad) or aeromedical service in a pre-hospital setting. Paramedics perform all skills at the BLS level plus invasive advanced skills such as IV’s, medicine administration, interpretation of heart rhythms-EKG’s and advanced airway management. Paramedic graduates sit for the National Registry of EMT-Paramedics (NREMTP) exam. There is a computer-based exam as well as a practical/oral exam. Upon passing the exam, they are Nationally Registered Paramedics, as well as certified by the PA Dept. of Health, Bureau of EMS as a Paramedic in PA.

About the career

Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications with Program Application (pdf) (rev 2/13)
Functional Position Description from PA Dept. of Health (pdf) (11/12)

Policies Affecting Program Admission
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (pdf) rev 1/14
Blended On-Line Program (weekly clinical lab required at Harrisburg campus) 

Estimated Expenses (both programs - pdf) 11/13

Required Courses (certificate and associate degree) (pdf) (rev 2/14)

Health Careers Orientation - Overview of Health Careers (rev 1/13)

Program Effectiveness Data
Three year program completion rate - 67% (this is concurrent with national averages)
Program performance on national board exams (3 years) - 99%
Job placement - 95% (past 3 years)

Selective program. Admission to the college doesn't guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. You will be admitted as a pre-paramedic student and work with your advisor to apply to the clinical/core component of the program.

Length of Program and College Degree Conferred - The emergency medical technician-paramedic certificate program is 35 credits with the awarding of a certificate upon successful completion. The emergency medical technician-paramedic degree program is 79 credits  with the awarding of an associate in arts degree upon successful completion. Completion time can vary depending on a candidate's background and need for identified preparatory skills and coursework and the student's rate of study. The complete programs are available only at the Harrisburg Campus. Some courses in the degree program are available at the Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses and at other sites. Paramedic graduates sit for the National Registry of EMT-Paramedics (NREMTP) exam. There is a computer-based exam as well as a practical/oral exam. Upon passing the exam, they are Nationally Registered Paramedics, as well as certified by the PA Dept. of Health, Bureau of EMS as a Paramedic in PA.

About the Program
HACC has been providing affordable and successful paramedic training since 1980. We have trained over 500 paramedics who have not only pursued careers in pre-hospital medicine, but also education, management, the fire service, and as advanced-level practitioners.

We offer state-of-the-art facilities, including cutting-edge technologies and equipment. We utilize the nursing and respiratory care labs as well as an ambulance simulator to pose realistic challenges to students. Our clinical and preceptor sites offer a variety of field experiences - from the busy, urban environment of Pennsylvania's capital city, to the more relaxed pace of the Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish communities. Each provides different learning encounters and produces a more versatile and employable paramedic.

Our staff is comprised of seasoned paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, and an array of subject matter experts to ensure that students receive the most contemporary and practical knowledge and information. Each one is committed to making your paramedic education the best it can be by sharing their wealth of knowledge and field experience, and encouraging you to think and exchange ideas.

Blended On-Line Program (weekly clinical lab required at Harrisburg campus)

Paramedic Contacts
If you have questions about the paramedic program, contact Health Careers
717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988

Paramedic Program
Select Medical Health Education Building Rm 114
HACC Harrisburg Campus
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110

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