Philadelphia-Area Schools with Paramedic Training Programs
Students looking for a paramedic training program in Philadelphia will find a school offering it within the city limits and another about half an hour away. This article examines both these schools and their programs. It also includes a table of facts about these institutions, such as total enrollment, program costs and the campus setting. At the end of the article is some information about another Philadelphia-area school that offers related training programs.
- Thomas Jefferson University, in the heart of downtown, offers a paramedic course for certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs) seeking to earn paramedic certification.
- About 26 miles from downtown Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College students may earn an associate's degree while training to become a paramedic. They need to hold an EMT certification or be in the process of earning one.
- Rowan College at Burlington County is just outside of Philadelphia on the other side of the New Jersey border. While not a Pennsylvania school, it is closer than some other paramedic program options.
Comparison of Schools
The following table contains important information about each of these schools. People who are looking for a paramedic training program can use it to make an informed decision.
|Thomas Jefferson University||Delaware County Community College||Rowan College at Burlington County|
|School Type||4-year, private, not-for-profit||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||4,028||11,030||8,951|
|Campus Setting||City: Large||City: Large||Suburb: Large|
|Tuition (2017-2018)*||$13,800 (for program)**|| $5,291 in-district
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016- 2017)*||51%||66%||58%|
|Graduation Rate (Students who began in 2014)*||N/A||17%||24%|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Thomas Jefferson University
Thomas Jefferson University
Thomas Jefferson University provides emergency medical training programs through JeffSTAT, which is an EMS training center located at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. To participate in the program, students must complete prerequisites, including having a current Pennsylvania EMT-B certification, having a healthcare provider CPR certification, passing an entrance exam, completing criminal and child abuse background checks and meeting program health standards.
The course is a full-time program of study that includes classroom, clinical rotation and field experience paramedic training. Studies cover advanced EMS training in areas including trauma management, pediatric life support, cardiology, obstetric emergencies and hazardous materials management. Instructors assess students' strengths and weaknesses throughout the program and might assign additional clinical hours in areas where students may be having difficulties. Students will complete about 400 hours of clinical training and a 400-hour internship. The program can be completed in about a year.
Delaware County Community College
Delaware County Community College offers an associate's degree in paramedic studies. By the end of the second semester students must submit a criminal and child abuse background check, pass a drug screening, have medical insurance and meet the program's health standards. Students must also be at least 18 years old and have current Pennsylvania EMT-B certification or be in the process of attaining a reciprocity agreement to complete this school's program.
Paramedic Certificate of Proficiency
This program consists of 40 credits. All courses must be completed with a C grade or better to count toward the certificate. Once students have completed this program, they'll be prepared to sit for the National Registry certification exam. Along with a physical exam and drug test, prospective students must submit to a PA state police background check, a criminal background check, and a child abuse background check. Students must also hold a current CPR certification and have documentation of at least 25 patient interactions.
Associate in Applied Science Paramedic - Advanced Life Support
This degree can be earned in two years of continuous study, which includes summer semesters. Students need to maintain at least a C average in all emergency medical services courses and biology classes. The curriculum covers competencies in pharmacological math, emergency cardiology, airway management and patient assessment. Successfully completing the program qualifies students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic exam.
Rowan College at Burlington County
Just across the Delaware River, Rowan College at Burlington County is one of the closest colleges to offer a paramedic program. Students who enter the school's paramedic program will work with Virtua Paramedic Sciences, which works with several area hospitals to provide clinical experience. Prior to entering the program, students must already have a sponsor through the Virtua-hospital of their choosing.
Certificate in Paramedic Science
Over the course of three didactic courses and six clinicals, students will learn essential emergency services skills and gain hands-on experience with their Virtua-sponsored hospital. This program is made up of a total of 40 credits and requires six semesters to complete.
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Science
As a continuation of the certificate program, students will be required to complete the same clinicals and didactic courses, along with an additional 26 credits of general education courses. Some courses that students will study include anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and an introduction to paramedic emergency care. For those who are coming from the certificate program, many of the paramedic skills courses will already be out of the way. Clinicals will be completed at one of the Virtua-sponsoring hospitals in Marlton, Voorhees, or Mt. Holly.
Other School Options
Three more related programs can be found at Northampton Community College. This school is about 42 miles from Philadelphia and offers Emergency Services Specialist Specialized Diploma and an Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Services Technology.