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HACC offers exceptional emergency medical services (EMS) training in a variety of learning options, including in person, entirely online and blended.


The Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center is a Pennsylvania Department of Health Accredited Certification Training Institute.

This course is being offered in an online/blended format. The program is a combination of self-paced online modules with interactive assignments and discussions. Students are required to attend in-person lab sessions throughout the program to demonstrate their competency in numerous psychomotor skills, complete testing requirements and prepare for clinical experiences and the NREMT examinations.

Please note:

Advanced EMT students are responsible for a combination of emergency room and field time, for a total of 100 hours. View Clinical FAQs! (pdf)
must be completed successfully prior to the beginning of the clinical experience.

Please complete the Health Screening Form (pdf) with your physician prior to completing the online application.

 

What can I do with advanced EMT in the workforce?


The primary focus of the Advanced EMT Program is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. Advanced EMTs function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. They perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. Advanced EMTs are links from the scene to the emergency health care system.
 

$12-$18/hour
Average Pay
(Source: salary.com)

 

What are HACC’s classes like?


Our online/blended AEMT Program is a combination of self-paced, online modules with interactive assignments and discussions. Students are required to attend in-person lab sessions throughout the program to demonstrate their competency in numerous psychomotor skills, complete testing requirements and prepare for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examinations.

The AEMT course is 220 hours of instruction that covers the following in accordance with the National EMS Education Standards:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Assessment of injuries and illnesses (medical and Trauma)
  • Assisting patients with their own prescribed medications
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Lifting, moving and transportation of patients
  • Pediatric and geriatric emergencies
  • The overall roles and responsibilities of the AEMT

Both the in-classroom and blended AEMT Programs require mandatory corequisite courses listed below. The due dates for these courses are determined by your specific course syllabus and are to be completed in order to be eligible for your NREMT certification exam. More information will be provided at the first class.

  • Hazardous Materials Response - Awareness
  • NIMS IS-100: Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)
  • NIMS IS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (Prerequisites: NIMS 100 and 700)
  • NIMS IS-700: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • NIMS IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction

 

View and register class schedules


For more information:

PhoneBlue 717-780-3255 MailBlue jcbrindl@hacc.edu


The AHA Instructor Essentials course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA instructor-led and blended-learning course formats. The course educates participants on how to adequately use teaching materials, ensure that students meet learning objectives, offer student coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation and follow AHA instructor and course policies.

To become an AHA instructor, you must:

  1. Be accepted by an AHA training center before enrolling in an Instructor Essentials Course and have a completed Instructor Candidate Application on file with the accepting training center.
  2. Have current provider status and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline.*
  3. Successfully complete the Instructor Essentials Course (both the online and classroom portions). Students must print the certificate of completion from the online portion for entry into the classroom portion.
  4. Successfully be monitored teaching their first course within six months of completing the discipline-specific classroom instructor course (training center coordinators can require additional monitoring, if needed).

*While AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) instructors also teach AHA Heartsaver courses, instructor candidates are not required to have a Heartsaver Course completion card in addition to a BLS provider card.

 

What can I do with American Heart Association Instructor Essentials in the workforce?


AHA Instructors have an important job. Their responsibilities include:
  • Delivering standardized curricula
  • Providing coaching and feedback remediation
  • Testing students and providing
  • Validating skills practice sessions
  • Working closely with students

 

What are HACC’s classes like?


The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses. This course is a combination of self-directed online modules and a 4.5 hour in-classroom session.

 

Where can I register?


To be eligible for registration, please send a completed application (pdf) with your current provider card to emstrng@hacc.edu or mail it to:
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
EMS Education Unit, N101
One HACC Dr.
Harrisburg, PA 17110


For more information:

PhoneBlue 717-780-2510 MailBlue emstrng@hacc.edu

The Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center provides a variety of continuing education courses. The Pennsylvania Department of Health accepts the following continuing education credits:

  • Clinical Patient Care (CPC)
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations (EMSVO)
  • Other - Non-clinical

The National Registry accepts state and Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE)-approved education. These include, but are not limited to, community colleges or universities, vocational schools, local EMS agencies or online education providers. EMS conferences, symposiums and workshops are also accepted.

To see if your PA DOH continuing education credits will apply to National Registry, please check www.nremt.org.

For more information on approved online providers, please go to www.capce.org.

For state office information, please visit https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/states/state-ems-agencies.

What can I do with EMS professional development courses in the workforce?


EMS leaders can use our professional development courses to identify and attain short-term and long-term goals within their EMS agencies.

 

 

 What classes are being offered??

Basic EMS Field Training Officer Course
The position of Field Training Officer is often the first rung on the promotional ladder for an EMS paramedic. In many agencies, individuals are appointed FTOs without any preparation whatsoever, except for their prior EMS field experience. The Basic EMS Field Training Officer course will introduce to the prospective field training officer to the structure, tools, techniques and concepts of EMS-FTEP™, and will provide instruction in the principles of adult learning, coaching, evaluation, giving feedback, and documenting trainee performance using EMS-FTEP tools (Standardized Evaluation Guidelines, Recruit Training Manual, and Daily Observation Reports).


 

BLS PreHospital Provider Cert. EMT Refresher
This fully online self-paced course was designed for current or expired EMT, AEMT, Paramedic, PHRN, or PHPE. This self-paced course follows the National EMS Education Standards to provide the pre-hospital provider with current EMS practice to build and refresh their existing knowledge.


 

Developing and Managing the EMS Field Training and Evaluation Program
This class is intended for EMS supervisors, educators, managers and executives who want to develop a sound, legally-defensible field training and evaluation program (FTEP) to smoothly and effectively integrate new employees into their agencies or to strengthen and solidify an existing field training program. It is not intended for individual paramedics selected to or seeking to become EMS field training officers. Many senior EMS officers believe that once a new paramedic or EMT completes preservice training, he/she should be ready to “hit the street” and function as a productive member of a two-person ambulance crew. In many agencies, the new paramedic will be expected to lead an EMT partner and to provide first-line advanced life support to critical patients. In today’s EMS environment, this approach is no longer viable. EMS agencies must fill in the gaps in cognitive, psychomotor and affective performance for new personnel to be successful in the field. Upon completion of this 16-hour program, the graduate will be able to use the tools provided to develop and manage an EMS-FTEP™ program in the home EMS agency. This program also may have relevance for preservice EMS educators who wish to further improve their clinical preceptor and evaluation programs.


 

Emergency Vehicle Driver Training
16 EMSVO
The course was developed to enable emergency response vehicle drivers to comply with the Pennsylvania statute and to reduce emergency vehicle accidents. At the conclusion of this program the student will be able to: explain the vehicle laws that relate to operation of an emergency vehicle in Pennsylvania; understand the effects on the community, the emergency response agency, and the driver when vehicle accidents occur; describe driving techniques which will insure safe response; and demonstrate the driving skills necessary to safe vehicle operation.

 



EMS Officer I
Major topics covered in this course are the dynamics of EMS leadership and organizational structure, managerial leadership, team-building, communications, creating a culture of quality, customer service, strategic planning, crisis management and budgeting. Methods of instruction include facilitated lecture, interactive learning cases, interactive learning sessions and team-focused practical exercises. Pre-requisites are Incident Command System (ICS) 100, ICS 200, ICS 700, ISC 800 and emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic certification.



Exposure Control Officer (ECO)
This course is designed to prepare the ECO to fully meet the requirements for the position established under National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1581, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Ryan White Law. Every emergency response employer in the United States is required by law to have at least one ECO, and it is recommended to have one per shift to manage exposure issues for the department. Understanding this role and the many aspects of this job is important to assist with department risk management and department member advocacy. The role and responsibilities along with a job description are presented along with step-by-step program formulation to enable the course participant to return to their workplace and set up a working program. A well-trained, designated officer will be an effective advocate for members of the department as well as the administration.



Flight Medical Provider
100+ CEU’s
Prepares Flight Medical Provider (FMP) to sit for the industry’s most challenging exams: Flight Paramedic Certification (FP-C), Critical Care Paramedic Certification (CCP-C), Critical Care Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN®) and Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN). This intensive course introduces FMP's to the fundamentals of critical care transport and expands the existing knowledge base of the advanced pre-hospital provider. In addition, this course helps FMPs advance their clinical knowledge in concepts to include pathophysiology, pharmacology, advanced airway management, cardiology, pulmonology, neurology, obstetrics, neonatology, toxicology, rescue operations and flight physiology concepts.



Hazardous Materials Awareness
2 CPC/1.5 Other credits
The goal of this fully online course is to prepare students who – in the course of their normal duties – could encounter an emergency involving hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Professionals in the fields are expected to recognize the presence of a hazardous material/WMD, call for trained personnel to assist, secure and protect the area. This course serves as initial training as required under 29 CFR 1919.120 and the educational requirements of NFPA 472 standard to the Awareness Level.



Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Officer
HIPAA compliance training prepares you to understand the HIPAA law requirements and regulation pertaining to HIPAA privacy rule and provides the necessary guidance on how your organization can be HIPAA-compliant. This training is updated in accordance to the HIPAA regulation because of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act.



Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)
16 CPC credits
This 16-hour course covers topics designed to decrease preventable death in tactical situations. Topics include hemorrhage control; surgical airway control and needle decompression; strategies for treating wounded responders in threatening environments; caring for pediatric patients; and techniques for dragging and carrying victims to safety. The core of the program focuses on three distinct phases of care that have been well-proven by TECC-trained personnel. TECC focuses on the medicine during these phases of care and provides guidelines for managing trauma in civilian tactical or hazardous environments.



Tactical Medical Practitioner (TMP)
This 82-hour, blended course is designed for EMS and medical professionals of all levels of training. The course is designed to fill the gap in training, which has become more evident given recent domestic events. This course will not teach students to be operators, but will teach students how to function as a medic on a tactical team.



Rescue Medical Practitioner
This 84-hour, blended course is designed for current certified EMTs and higher. The course is designed for medical professionals who may find themselves caring for a patient or team member during a rescue incident. There has long been a divide between performing a technical rescue and providing advanced medical care. This course helps bridge the gap between providing advanced medical care and functioning at an operations level during a technical rescue incident.

 

View and register for Continuing Education offerings


For more information:

PhoneBlue 717-780-2510 MailBlue emstrng@hacc.edu


This course is for first responders at the scene of a trauma or medical emergency. Upon successful completion of the EMR Program, students are eligible for their EMR certification exams. Students must be at least 16 years old before the first day of class.

Please note:

  • Tuition for the EMR Program is $475.
  • Students are responsible for obtaining the textbook.
  • The required textbook for this course is: Emergency Medical Responder: Your First Response in Emergency Care, Sixth Ed., AAOS
  • Certification exams are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health–Bureau of EMS/National Registry of EMTs (psychomotor) and the National Registry of EMTs/Pearson-Vue test centers (cognitive).
  • There is a separate fee associated with the cognitive exam that is paid to the National Registry of EMTs.

 

What can I do as an emergency medical responder (EMR) in the workforce?


EMRs provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMRs also provide assistance to higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies and during transport. They are a vital part of the comprehensive EMS response. Under medical oversight, EMRs perform basic interventions with minimal equipment.

 

What are HACC’s classes like?


Our online/blended EMR program is a combination of self-paced online modules with interactive assignments and discussions through the Desire2Learn (D2L) online platform. Students are required to attend in-classroom lab sessions throughout the program to demonstrate their competency in numerous psychomotor skills, complete testing requirements and prepare for the National Registry examinations.

The EMR program requires mandatory corequisite courses listed below. The due dates for these courses are determined by your specific course syllabus and are to be completed in order to be eligible for your NREMT EMR certification exam. More information will be provided at the first class.

  • Hazardous Materials Response - Awareness
  • NIMS IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System
  • NIMS IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (Prerequisites: NIMS 100 and 700)
  • NIMS IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

We encourage you to complete the Self-Assessment for Online Learning to determine your potential aptitude for this learning platform. Students enrolling in the blended programs are expected to have a basic understanding of basic Internet navigation methods that include:

  • Browser navigation
  • Navigating to web addresses
  • Search terms
  • Utilizing bookmarks
  • Utilizing hyperlinks

 


Our online/blended EMR to EMT Bridge Program combines self-paced online modules with interactive assignments and discussions. Students are required to attend in-person lab sessions throughout the program to demonstrate their competency in numerous psychomotor skills, complete testing requirements and prepare for the NREMT examinations.

We encourage you to complete the Self-Assessment for Online Learning to determine your potential aptitude for online learning.

Please note:

  • Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • A copy of your current Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Responder card and CPR card must be submitted before the start of the program.
  • Tuition for the program is $600.
  • It is the responsibility of the EMT Bridge student to obtain the required textbook for the EMT Program. Students MUST have a textbook by the first class session.
  • The required textbook is Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured Essentials, 12th ed.

 

What can I do with as an emergency medical technician in the workforce?


Emergency medical technicians provide out-of-hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life-threatening emergencies. EMTs function as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical oversight. They perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance.
 

$9-$15/hour
Average Pay
(Source: salary.com)

 

What are HACC’s classes like?


The EMT course covers the following in accordance with the National EMS Education Standards:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Assessment of injuries and illnesses (medical and trauma)
  • Assisting patients with their own prescribed medications
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Lifting, moving and transportation of patients Pediatric and geriatric emergencies

The EMT Program requires mandatory corequisite courses listed below. The due dates for these courses are determined by your specific course syllabus and are to be completed in order to be eligible for your NREMT certification exam. More information will be provided at the first class.

  • Hazardous Materials Response – Awareness
  • NIMS IS-100: Introduction to Incident Command System
  • NIMS IS-700: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • NIMS IS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (Prerequisites: NIMS 100 and 700)
  • NIMS IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction

 

 

View and register class schedules


For more information:

PhoneBlue 717-780-2510 MailBlue dmbottig@hacc.edu


This entry-level training course is for first responders at the scene of a trauma or medical emergency. Upon successful completion of the EMT Program, students are eligible for their EMT certification exams.

The program is offered in both an in-person and an online/blended format. We encourage you to complete the Self-Assessment for Online Learning to determine your potential aptitude for online learning. Students enrolling in the blended program are expected to have a basic understanding of Internet navigation methods that include browser navigation, utilizing bookmarks, search terms, navigating to web addresses and utilizing hyperlinks.

Please note:

  • Students must be 16 years old or older before the first day of class.
  • We will not accept registrations less than 14 days before the program start date.
  • Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • Please use the EMS Permission to Bill (pdf) for third-party billing.
  • Tuition for the EMT program is $925.
  • The textbook is not included. It is the responsibility of the EMT student to obtain the required textbook for the EMT Program. Students MUST have a textbook by the first class. The required textbook is: Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured Essentials, 12th ed. 
  • The textbook may be obtained directly from the publisher or other retailers such as Amazon.
  • Students are required to wear a uniform to every class session. HACC provides uniform shirts. Students are responsible for navy blue work pants, black work boots, and a black belt.
  • These exams are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health–Bureau of EMS/National Registry of EMTs (psychomotor) and the National Registry of EMTs/Pearson-Vue test centers (cognitive).
  • There is a separate fee associated with the Cognitive exam ($98/attempt) that is paid to the National Registry of EMTs.

 

What can I do as an emergency medical technician (EMT) in the workforce?


Emergency medical technicians provide out-of-hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life-threatening emergencies. EMTs function as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical oversight. They perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance.

 

$9-$15/hour
Average Pay
(Source: salary.com)

 

What are HACC’s classes like?


Our online/blended EMT Program is a combination of self-paced, online modules with interactive assignments and discussions. Students are required to attend in-person lab sessions throughout the program to demonstrate their competency in numerous psychomotor skills, complete testing requirements and prepare for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examinations.

The EMT course is 220 hours of instruction that covers the following in accordance with the National EMS Education Standards:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Assessment of injuries and illnesses (medical and Trauma)
  • Assisting patients with their own prescribed medications
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Lifting, moving and transportation of patients
  • Pediatric and geriatric emergencies
  • The overall roles and responsibilities of the EMT

Both the in-classroom and blended EMT Programs require mandatory corequisite courses listed below. The due dates for these courses are determined by your specific course syllabus and are to be completed in order to be eligible for your NREMT certification exam. More information will be provided at the first class.

  • Hazardous Materials Response - Awareness
  • NIMS IS-100: Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)
  • NIMS IS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (Prerequisites: NIMS 100 and 700)
  • NIMS IS-700: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • NIMS IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction

 

View and register class schedules

 


For more information:

PhoneBlue 717-780-2510 MailBlue dmbottig@hacc.edu


The distinct purpose of the HACC Paramedic Program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels We pride ourselves on offering a high quality and challenging curriculum, delivered by some of the best experienced instructors and active ALS providers available. HACC's Paramedic Program prepares students for the National Registry Paramedic Certification (NR-P) and certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a Paramedic.

Paramedics perform various duties, including (but not limited to):

  •  Administer emergency medications
  • Introduce intravenous and intraosseous lines
  • Obtain and interpret electrocardiographs (ECGs) and administer electrical therapy
  • Perform advanced airway management
  • Recognize, assess and treat medical and traumatic emergencies
  • Provide solutions to complex problems in stressful environments

In 2020:

  • 92.3% of our students passed the NREMT/State Written Exam.
  • 74.3% of our students successfully completed the program.
  • 92.3% of our students found a job in the field.

 

What can I do as a paramedic in the workforce?


Paramedics work for private ambulance agencies, fire departments, hospitals or other rescue services. They can also work in remote medicine, wilderness medicine, at resorts, on cruise ships, job sites, life support helicopters and provide medical support for special events. Paramedics, like many other clinicians, perform shift work that includes weekends, nights and holidays.

 

$44,028
Average Annual Salary
(Source: salary.com)

 

What are HACC’s classes like?


The paramedic program is offered in Daytime or Evening Programs. These classes consists of in-person classes, online work, and clinical rotations.

Clinical Requirements:View our Clinical FAQs here! (pdf)

  • 100 Emergency Department Clinical Hours
  • 250 EMS Field Internship Hours
  • 32 Specialty Clinical Hours (i.e. ICU/OR)

 

Where are classes held?


In-person classes are offered at the Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus.

 

 

 


The Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center is a Pennsylvania Department of Health Accredited Certification Training Institute. This course is for currently licensed Pennsylvania registered nurses (RN). It enhances existing professional and clinical experience. Prior to enrolling, you should have a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and cardiology.

Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to take the Pennsylvania Department of Health certification exam(s).

 

What can I do as a pre-hospital registered nurse (PHRN) in the workforce?


In Pennsylvania, a PHRN functions at a level above an advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT). A PHRN is a registered nurse that has additional education, knowledge and skills competency related to the management of emergency medical conditions. PHRNs are certified to practice as EMS providers in Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

$76,000
Average Annual Salary
(Source: salary.com)

 

What are HACC’s classes like?


This program serves as an introduction to EMS and the prehospital care of the sick and injured. The PHRN program provides the knowledge and skills required to allow a Registered Nurse (RN) the opportunity to become an advanced level Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider, functioning in a role similar to a paramedic. View our Clinical FAQs here! (pdf)

The curricular content is delivered through classroom lecture, discussion, practical application in integrated lab sessions, and competency testing. Students are also required to participate in clinical hours at EMS field sites outside of the classroom.

PHRN students will be taught to: 

  • Rapidly assess injuries and illnesses
  • Identify and treat all types of shock
  • Provide care of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Manage various medical emergencies
  • Properly lift and move patients
  • Demonstrate competency in both basic and advanced airway management and trauma treatment techniques
  • Determine the most appropriate method to transport patients to the emergency department

At the completion of the program, PHRN students will be eligible to take the Pennsylvania Department of Health certification exam(s).

This program will meet in person, one day per week throughout the duration of the program. You will also need to complete the following:

  • Online assignments
  • 132 clinical hours throughout the duration of the program

Clinical hours are in addition to classroom hours. Students will have the flexibility to their clinical schedule with HACC's existing clinical throughout Central Pennsylvania.

Students will be required to complete this a series of clearances to participate in the clinical portion of the program.

 

 

Where are classes held?


In-person classes are offered at the Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus.

 

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