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.

  • Application Fee: $60 (non-refundable)
  • Tuition: $5,800 (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

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.

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 $35 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 driver’s 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 the Education department at Lancaster EMS. Phone: (717) 872-4688, option 6, or e-mail: education@lemsa.com.

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