Emergency Medical Technicians, better known as EMTs, are an important part of the pre-hospital healthcare community. They work in various locations, from Emergency Medical Service (EMS) organizations to fire departments, industrial first aid teams and special response teams. EMTs see patients at a critical time, during illness or injury. They are caring people who provide pre-hospital care, comfort and compassion.
The Emergency Medical Technician Program is a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences and Lancaster EMS. Experienced EMT providers provide instruction. The training consists of approximately 250 hours and includes classroom lectures, skills sessions and clinical field training. Participants must be at least 16 years of age to enroll.
Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for their EMT-B certificate. Upon completing the program, participants will also have the following certifications:
- Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC)
- EMTs Assisting ALS
- Hazardous Materials
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Administer basic medications
- Administer CPR and operate the automatic external defibrillator
- Assist with emergency childbirth
- Bandage a patient
- Control airways through adjuncts
- Immobilize the spine
- Perform basic patient assessment techniques
- Provide oxygen therapy
Classes are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm, with some weekend work. All class dates are tentative and subject to change. The College may cancel or postpone any class due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a class is cancelled or postponed, your application materials will remain active to apply toward another class for one year.
- Application Fee: $35 (non-refundable)
- Tuition: $950 (rates are subject to change and do not include background clearance fees)
- Please see Billing/Bursar for billing information, methods of payment, due dates, withdrawal policy, etc. Note: EMT students who withdraw prior to the first day of the semester will receive a 100% refund. NO refunds will be given on or after the first day of the semester.
- This program does not qualify for financial aid.
- Background Clearance Checks
Classes are held on the campus of the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences and the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center. Field experience will take place at Lancaster General Emergency Department & Trauma Center and Lancaster EMS ambulances. At this time, we do not plan to offer clinical experiences outside of Lancaster EMS and Lancaster General Hospital.
Please complete the Application Form and Parental Consent Form (for participants under 18 years of age). Send your application materials with your application fee to:
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Office of Admission
410 North Lime Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Applicants are required to submit the following items before the first day of class:
- Criminal Background Check
- Child Abuse Background Check
- FBI Background Check
- FBI Clearance for Out-of-State Students Out-of-State students must complete both FBI clearances.
For a list of the most frequently asked questions about the EMT program, click here
Additional questions about admission requirements and deadlines should be directed to the Office of Admissions (1-800-622-5443). Questions about course content, instructors, and certifications should be directed to the Educatution department at Lancaster EMS (717) 872-4688, option 6.