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Paramedic Certificate - Non-Credit (0005)

Are you interested in becoming a vital member of the public safety community? Do you work well under pressure?  Do you enjoy helping others in emergency situations?  If so, HACC’s Paramedic program may be the path for you to help you reach your goals. Paramedics are front line public safety professions and a vital component of the healthcare system.

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When you complete our Paramedic certificate and successfully obtain the paramedic certification you may find employment in hospitals and independent emergency services organizations as a paramedic.

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Our Paramedic certificate prepares you to deliver therapy to patients prior to their arrival in hospital emergency rooms. You will be trained in life-support procedures performed by following orders of physicians sent by radio or by following standard medical protocols. 

Coursework is delivered through a mix of lecture, discussion, case-study examination, along with many hands-on practical skill labs.  Students are expected to practice skills on other students, patient actors and simulation mannequins.  Additionally, students are required to complete field internships at both in-hospital settings (such as the Emergency Department and Pediatrics) as well as clinical time at EMS agencies.

This certificate is designed to prepare students to:

  • Administer standard emergency treatments
  • Work effectively with other healthcare professionals
  • Demonstrate the skills prescribed by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of the Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Personnel (CoAEMSP)
  • Take the paramedic certification examination administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Recognize how specialized training fits into the healthcare delivery system

You must have a current Pennsylvania EMT or National Registry EMT or AEMT certification in order to enroll in this certificate. Our program is a selective and competitive admission program. This means that entry into this certificate is not guaranteed with admission into the College; specific admissions criteria must be met. You are advised to go to the Public Safety Center website, or contact us by email at for more information. 

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

  • View summaries of our noncredit courses at HACC by browsing our schedule.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.

This certificate is designed to lead you directly into the workforce.  However, if you successfully complete this program and obtain the paramedic certification, you are eligible to have this coursework counts towards 30-credits of HACC’s Health Sciences AAS degree.

Once you complete the Health Science AAS degree, you can then continue your education and obtain a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or institution. 


This certificate can be completed through in-class instruction at our Harrisburg campus. 

This certificate is offered both in-class and blended formats. In-class sessions are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Blended format classes are held Wednesday afternoons.  Both in-class sessions and blended classes meet one Saturday per month at the Harrisburg campus.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.

Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are approximately 200 scholarships available. Please visit for details and deadlines. 

If you are currently certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Advanced EMT, the enrollment application can be found here

If being a vital member of the public safety community and helping others in emergency situations is a passion of yours, our Paramedic certificate may just be for you! We are passionate about providing you with a high-quality education and the opportunity for you to pursue your goals. For more information about this certificate, please contact the Program Director, James Green, at