Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse (PHRN)

What does the course cover?

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.

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).


When are classes?
Section # Class Location Date Days/Times


HACC - Shumaker Public Safety Center

One HACC Drive, Entrance 5
Harrisburg, PA  17110
County:  Dauphin
April 27 - Aug. 10, 2021


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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. You can create your clinical schedule with HACC's existing clinical sites throughout Central Pennsylvania.

How much does the course cost?

Tuition for this course is $1,500.  This does NOT include the textbooks.

How do I apply?

Please complete and submit the online application here . Once the completed application is received, you will automatically be notified with the dates and times for required program information sessions.