Learn about our Paramedic Associate Degree program (369P) and Paramedic Certificate program (333P) —Harrisburg Campus.
What is a paramedic?
A paramedic has various duties. A paramedic performs tasks at the BLS level. You may also perform invasive advanced tasks. These advanced tasks include IVs, medicine administration, interpretation of heart rhythms, EKG's and advanced airway management.
- Be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and potentially hazardous materials.
- Serve as a link between health resources.
- Find long-term health care for patients. A paramedic works with other provider agencies, networks, and organizations.
- Be a confident leader. You must accept challenge and responsibility.
- Have excellent judgment.
- Prioritize decisions and act quickly in the best interest of the patient.
- Be self-disciplined. Develop patient rapport, interview hostile patients and maintain safe distance.
- Recognize and communicate with diverse multicultural groups and ages.
- Keep current on medications.
- Administer specific drugs based on the patient's medical history.
How much do paramedics make?
The median salary for a paramedic in Harrisburg is $38,293 as of November 2013. Visit www.salary.com for more information on local salaries.
What is the employment outlook?
The paramedic occupation is consistently on Top 25 Fastest Growing Occupations and Occupations With the Most Openings lists. Some facilities will pay for training.
What is the goal of the program?
The advanced-level (EMT-P) curriculum prepares you to work on an ambulance (MICU or squad). It also prepares you to work in aeromedical service in a pre-hospital setting.
What is the program like?
HACC has been providing paramedic training since 1980. We have trained over 500 paramedics.
You will attend classes in the nursing and respiratory care labs. You will also learn in an ambulance simulator. This simulator poses realistic challenges.
Our clinical and preceptor sites offer field experiences. These include the urban environment of Harrisburg and the relaxed pace of the PA Dutch and Amish communities.
Our staff includes seasoned paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians.
How do I enroll in the program?
This is a selective program. Your admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program.
You will begin as a pre-paramedic student. You will need to work with your advisor to apply to clinicals.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accredits the program. The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) recommends this accreditation.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Download Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf, rev 7/2014).
Where does HACC hold classes?
The Harrisburg campus offers complete Paramedic programs. We offer some courses at the Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses. We also hold some courses at other sites.
What are the required courses?
Download Required Courses (pdf, rev 2/2014). The listing includes certificate and associate degree required courses.
How much does the program cost?
Download Estimated Expenses (pdf, rev 5/2014).
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 learn more about the program?
Download Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (pdf, rev 1/2014).
What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials?
- By successfully completing the certificate program, you will earn a certificate.
- By successfully completing the degree program, you will earn an associate in arts degree.
You will be able to sit for the National Registry of EMT-Paramedics (NREMTP) exam upon successful completion.
The exam has two parts:
- a computer-based exam
- a practical/oral exam
Upon passing the exam, you are a nationally-registered paramedic and a certified paramedic. The PA Department of Health, Bureau of EMS certifies paramedics.
Where can I work?
You can pursue a career in:
- Pre-hospital medicine
- Fire service
- Advanced-level practices
How can I advance my education in this field?
You can earn:
- A bachelor of science in EMS from the University of Maryland, the University of Pittsburgh and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.
- A bachelor of science in Healthcare Management from Franklin University.
- A bachelor of science in Healthcare Administration from Shippensburg University.
- A bachelor of arts in Health Care Management from Immaculata University. Immaculata offers an accelerated BA. HACC's Lancaster Campus holds classes.
- 30 credits towards an Associate Degree in Health Science at HACC. You must complete the certificate program, receive national certification and be employed in the paramedic field.
Where can I get more information?
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 Red 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