Our EMT and Paramedic Programs

Emergency Medical Technician

About the Program

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 consist 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

Class Offerings

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.

Fees

  • Application Fee: $60 (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

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

Facilities

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.

To Register

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:

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.

Additional Questions

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 Vickie Martin at Lancaster EMS (vickie_martin@lemsa.com).


Paramedic

About the Program

Paramedics are an important part of the healthcare community, providing immediate treatment to victims of illness or injury. Outside the hospital setting, they are typically the highest level healthcare providers to respond during an emergency. Their leadership and expertise play a vital role in public healthcare and safety during medical emergencies, rescue operations, mass casualty situations, fires and crime scenes.

The Paramedic Program is a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences and Lancaster EMS. Instruction is provided by experienced paramedics, registered nurses and physicians. The twelve-month program consists of approximately 1,200 hours of classroom, clinical and field experience.

Participants who complete this program are eligible to sit for the NREMT-P examination to become a nationally certified Paramedic. Additionally, participants will earn the following certifications during the course of the program:

  • ACLS
  • ITLS
  • PALS
  • Ropes Rescue I
  • Vehicle Rescue Awareness

Class Offerings

The Paramedic program consists of three semesters. Class is scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 10pm, with some Saturday classes.

Class Locations

Classes will primarily be held at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, along with various supplemental classes conducted at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center.

Fees

  • Application Fee: $60 (non-refundable)

  • Tuition: $5,500 (rate subject to change) includes all required textbooks, lab fees and two uniform shirts. Background clearances and physical exam listed below are the responsibility of the applicant and not included in the tuition cost or application fee.

  • Please see Billing/Bursar for billing information, methods of payment, due dates, withdrawal policy, etc.

  • This program now qualifies for the Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan please go to this link to apply: http://www.pacollege.edu/fs/financial-aid

To Register

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered. Download and complete the Paramedic Application Form (PDF). Mail the form with all of the items listed below to: Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, 410 North Lime St., Lancaster, PA 17602

  • A non-refundable $60 application fee made payable to "Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences"

  • A 350-word essay (approximately one page) stating why you want to be a Paramedic

  • All official transcripts, i.e. high school, GED, and post-secondary institutions and colleges.

  • (Preferred applicants will have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0)

  • A copy (front and back) of your EMT-B card

  • A copy of your driverís license

  • Two (2) recommendations from a guidance counselor, teachers, college professors, college advisors, employers or community/organization leaders will be accepted. Use our Recommendation Form to request recommendations.

Applicants accepted for admission are required to submit the following items:

  • Physical Examination Form
  • Drug Screening

Testing is offered at no cost during the month of July and can only be scheduled in June. Please contact admissions at 1-800-622-5443 to schedule your appointment through the College. Applicants are responsible for obtaining outside screenings and for any costs incurred if scheduling after above deadlines.

  • 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.

Additional Questions

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 Vickie Martin at Lancaster EMS (vickie_martin@lemsa.com).

Information about the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences can be found at: http://www.pacollege.edu/about

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