Paramedic Certificate - Non-Credit (PARA)
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.
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.
This 708-hour program consists of four courses in Advanced Life Support, which cover such topics as patient assessment and evaluation, pharmacology, pathophysiology associated with various body systems (e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory), OB/GYN and pediatrics, toxicology, blood disorders, field communications and rescue practices. Coursework is delivered through a mix of lecture, discussion, case-study examination, along with many hands-on practical skill labs.
You are able to participate in emergency hospital rotations in such specialty areas as anesthesia and obstetrics (OB), as well as in field externships. You are also expected to practice skills on your fellow students, patient actors and simulation mannequins. Additionally, you 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 National Registry Advanced EMT (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
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 at the Harrisburg Campus provided you take some of your coursework through multiple modalities (e.g.Online, Blended and/or Remote Learning). In-class sessions are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Both in-class sessions and blended classes meet one Saturday per month and Blended-only formatted classes are held Wednesday mornings.
If you are currently certified Advanced EMT (AEMT), the enrollment application can be found here.