Individuals who want to work or volunteer as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in Pennsylvania need at least a certificate of completion from an accredited EMT training program. These programs can take less than a year and are often found at 2-year schools and emergency care training centers. Students receive classroom instruction in addition to hands-on training in ambulance or hospital settings. Graduates of such programs can take the EMT certification exam from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Certificate program graduates can choose to continue their education with a paramedic associate's degree program and seek paramedic licensure.
Delaware County Community College
EMT programs at Delaware County Community College (DCCC), located in Media, are offered through the public safety division of the Technical Education Department. Students who complete the paramedic certificate in proficiency program will have the necessary credentials to begin entry-level work in the field. Students in the program are taught how to safely operate emergency vehicles, assess a patient's condition, provide the appropriate care and work effectively as part of a team.
Students can continue their education and earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree with an advanced life support focus for paramedics. Class topics include patient assessment, psychology, anatomy, physiology and life support. Students who are interested in sitting for the national registry exam for paramedics can do so after successful completion of 40 credit-hours of core classes and eight credit-hours of anatomy and physiology classes.
Northampton County Area Community College
Located in Bethlehem, Northampton County Area Community College offers emergency medical technology diploma and associate's degree programs on a full- or part-time basis. Individuals who already work in the field may qualify to complete some courses tuition-free.
The diploma program enables students to gain the credentials they need to work as quickly as possible. Current EMTs can also use this program to augment their existing knowledge and skills. Students can either complete a 6-credit Emergency Medical Technician course or become a specialist and complete a total of 16 credit-hours in core courses and nine credit-hours in elective credits. All of the 25 credit hours granted through this program are transferable to the associate's degree program.
Designed for recent high school graduates as well as professionals that want to expand their current skill base, the 61-credit-hour associate's degree program teaches students to function effectively and efficiently as part of an emergency team. Course topics include basic training for EMTs, patient immobilization and lifting, vehicle rescue and patient assessment.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Delaware County Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate of Competency - Paramedic,
AAS in Paramedic - Advanced Life Support
|$4,760 (in-district), $8,350 (in-state), $11,840 (out-of-state)*|
|Northampton County Area Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Specialized Diploma - Emergency Medical Specialst,
Specialized Diploma - Emergency Medical Technician,
AAS in Emergency Services Technology
|$3,990 (in-district), $8,700 (in-state), $12,840 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator