Learn more about our Paramedic Associate in Arts and Certificate programs
What does a paramedic do?
Paramedics have various duties. They:
- are team leaders with excellent judgment and ability to act quickly
- recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies outside of the hospital setting
- transport patients
- recognize and communicate with diverse multicultural groups and ages
- perform advanced airway management (endotracheal intubation)
- obtain and assess electrocardiographs (ECGs) and defibrillate
- introduce intravenous lines, and administer numerous emergency medications
Where do paramedics work?Paramedics:
- do shift work that includes weekends, nights and holidays
- work for private ambulance services, fire departments, hospitals or other rescue services
- can also work at ski resorts, on cruise ships, job sites, life support helicopters and for special events
How much does the program cost?
Download Estimated Expenses (pdf, rev 5/2014).
What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials?
Upon successful completion, you will:
- earn a Paramedic Associate in Arts Degree or Certificate
- be eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMT-Paramedics (NREMTP)
- be certified by the PA Department of Health, Bureau of EMS, as a paramedic (upon passing the NREMTP exam)
What are the required courses and what is the suggested schedule? How long does the program take to complete? Where are the clinical classes held?
- Download Required Courses (pdf, rev 2/2014). The listing includes certificate and associate degree required courses.
- The complete program is available at the Harrisburg Campus. Prerequisite courses are offered at other campuses and sites.
What are the program clinical admission criteria and how do I apply for clinicals?
- Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. You begin as a pre-clinical student and work closely with your advisor to prepare to apply to the clinical/core component.
- Download Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf, rev 7/2014). The clinical application is included in the pdf.
- A meeting with the Program Director is required to apply to the clinical/core component of the program
- You must have current PA EMT Certification with approximately 100 documented emergency calls
Is the program accredited?
The HACC Paramedic Program 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).
To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088
FAX (214) 703-8992
Can I advance my education in this field?
- This program leads directly to an occupation.
- The University of Maryland, the University of Pittsburgh and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia offer a bachelor of science in EMS
- Franklin University offers a BS in Allied Healthcare Management.
- Shippensburg University offers a BS in Healthcare Administration.
- Immaculata University offers an accelerated BA in Health Care Management. They offer classes in accelerated format at HACC's Lancaster Campus.
- Certificate graduates can receive 30 credits towards an Associate Degree in Health Science at HACC if you receive national certification and are employed in the paramedic field.
What is the most current (2014) program effectiveness data?
- Three-year program completion rate —67%. This matches national averages.
- Program performance on national board exams—99%
- Job placement —95%
How can I get more information?
- Download Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (pdf, rev 1/2014).
- Visit Career InfoNet. There are salary and job outlook statistics. Find career videos and licensing requirements.
- Visit www.rollwithit.com for videos and career information.
- Visit Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS).
- View White Rose (York) EMT/ Paramedic Video (YouTube).
- Visit www.PA-EMS.org to learn more about different EMS certification levels
Who can I contact for more information?
717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988
HACC Harrisburg Campus
Select Medical Health Education Building, Room 114
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110