Paramedic Training in Philadelphia with Certification Info

There are only a few schools within 20 miles of central Philadelphia offering paramedic training options that prepare students for certification. Read an overview of the colleges' program and admission requirements to find out which one is right for you.

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Philadelphia Paramedic Schools

Those interested in becoming paramedics in the Philadelphia area have two school options within about a half-hour drive of the city's center. Explore this article to find out about the courses and field experiences available through these institutions. Be sure to check out the table of statistics on the profiled schools, too.

  • Delaware County Community College offers a paramedic associate's degree program that allows students to take classes at the college and gain hands-on experience in a functioning emergency care environment. The campus is roughly 15 miles from downtown Philadelphia.
  • Rowan College at Burlington County offers a certificate and degree program in paramedic sciences. Just on the other side of the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, this college is only a dozen miles from Philadelphia.

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Comparison of Schools

Take a glance at this table to get even more details about the featured colleges; it just might help you decide which institution best fits your training and financial needs. Along with specifics on tuition, there are facts on graduation rates, financial aid and student enrollment, among others.

Delaware County Community College Rowan College at Burlington County
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 11,030 8,951
Campus Setting City: Large Suburb: Large
Tuition (2017-2018)* $5,291 in-district
$9,075 in-state
$12,830 out-of-state
$4,065 in-district
$4,545 in-state
$6,495 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016- 2017)* 66% 58%
Graduation Rate (Students who began in 2014)* 17% 24%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Delaware County Community College

Delaware County Community College (DCCC) is located in Media, Pennsylvania. DCCC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and offers certificate and associate's degree programs, including a paramedic associate's degree program.

Certificate of Proficiency - Paramedic

Those interested in earning the certificate of proficiency for paramedics will complete much of the same curriculum as in the associate's program. Students will complete the EMT-P courses that make up 40 credits. Once students have completed the courses, they may sit for the National Registry exam to become certified.

Associate in Applied Science in Paramedic - Advanced Life Support

The paramedic AAS program is intended for students who are already certified at the EMT-Basic level. Students learn emergency medical service skills in classes on dosage calculation, drug preparation, patient assessment, advanced life support, airway management, and medical emergencies. Also required are two advanced courses on paramedic concepts and practices and one advanced course on assessment-based treatment management. Other paramedic competencies include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), mechanical respiratory support, and administration of therapeutic medical gases and drugs through inhalation procedures.

In addition to being at least 18 years old, students must provide proof of criminal background and child abuse background check clearances, a physical examination, a drug screening, and current medical health insurance. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians paramedic certification exam.

Rowan College at Burlington County

Though not in Pennsylvania, this college is only a short distance away from Philadelphia across the Delaware River. To enter either of these programs, students must have a high school diploma or GED, have completed a basic biology course (high school is acceptable), have CPR certification, and be physically fit. Along with these requirements, prospective students must have an interview with staff from the Virtua Paramedic Sciences to provide a clinical sponsorship.

Certificate in Paramedic Science

This program will take six semesters to complete. There are 40 credits that can be transferred toward another program after completion. Students take part in three lecture courses and six clinicals to gain hands-on experience. Since there are several hospitals that take part in the Virtua Paramedic Science program, students must set up a clinical sponsorship with a specific medical center during the application process. Both the clinical and internship will be completed at the sponsoring hospital.

Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Science

This program builds on the certificate program. The same six clinicals and three didactic courses are included in the curriculum. On top of that, students will be required to complete an additional 25 credits of general education requirements for the degree. Some of the course topics students need to undertake is biomedical ethics, introduction to paramedic care, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, developmental psychology and computer applications. The clinicals can be completed at hospitals in Voorhees, Mount Holly, or Marlton.

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