EMT in Pennsylvania: Overview of School Options to Become an EMT

Jan 02, 2019

Pennsylvania Schools with EMT Studies

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in Pennsylvania will need to complete an approved training program and pass the national certification exam before beginning work. These training programs can be found at many 2-year Pennsylvania colleges and range from certificate programs in basic EMT practices to associate's degree programs in paramedic studies. Additional programs are available in emergency management or emergency services technology.

Read more details about the EMT training programs offered by two Pennsylvania community colleges. Get information about coursework and admissions requirements, and find helpful facts and statistics about each school in the table at the bottom of this article.

  • Harrisburg Area Community College offers both EMT-basic and EMT-paramedic programs. The school is found less than two miles from downtown Harrisburg.
  • Delaware County Community College offers both career certificate and degree programs in emergency medical technology. The college is located about 25 miles west of downtown Philadelphia.

Comparison of Schools

Whether you are pursuing basic or more advanced EMT studies, it is often important to learn details about the schools offering these programs. Read below to find facts and figures regarding each school's population, acceptance rates, tuition, financial aid and more.

Harrisburg Area Community College Delaware County Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 18,681* 11,030*
Campus Setting Small city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $6,473 (in-district)*
$7,725 (in-state)*
$9,225 (out-of-state)*
$5,291 (in-district)*
$9,075 (in-state)*
$12,830 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 78%* 66%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2017) 56%* 58%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who started in 2014) 11%* 17%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg Area Community College is one of the largest schools in Pennsylvania to offer EMT training programs. The 2-year public school is located in the small city of Harrisburg, and it offers both EMT-basic and EMT-paramedic training programs within its collection of health career programs.

EMT-Basic Certificate

EMT-basic is the most introductory training level available within the emergency medical services field. The EMT-basic certificate program at Harrisburg Area Community College provides students with the skills and training necessary to provide patient assessment, perform CPR, take basic vital signs, provide oxygen to patients, splint injuries and more.

Paramedic Certificate

Students can complete this program on campus or through a blended option offering online coursework and on-campus labs. After completion of this program, students can pursue an associate's degree in health science. Coursework includes basic and advanced EMT and life support topics.

Delaware County Community College

Delaware County Community College is another 2-year, public school to offer EMT training programs in Pennsylvania. The school is located in the large Philadelphia suburb of Media and has five major locations.

Paramedic Certificate of Proficiency

This certificate program is the most basic form of EMT training offered at Delaware County Community College. Students enrolled in the program gain the skills and education necessary to function as part of a pre-hospital medical team. They also learn skills such as how to assess and provide emergency care to victims and communicate patient information. Courses are taken in airway management, pharmacology and cardiology and the program includes in-hospital clinical rotations.

Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic - Advanced Life Support

The associate's degree for aspiring paramedics at Delaware County Community College adheres to national curriculum standards for the field and prepares graduates to earn EMT-paramedic certification. Students enrolled in the program must complete courses in human anatomy and physiology, general psychology, dosage calculation, advanced life support, patient assessment, medical emergencies and paramedic practices.

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