Philadelphia Paramedic Schools
Those interested in becoming paramedics in the Philadelphia area have three 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.
- Situated less than a mile from Philadelphia's downtown area, Thomas Jefferson University offers a paramedic course with daytime and evening options.
- Camden County College also offers day and evening programs, as well as the option to take some courses online. The school, located around 18 miles from central Philadelphia, has certificate and associate's degree programs in paramedic services.
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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||Thomas Jefferson University||Camden County College|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, private, not-for-profit||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||12,459*||3,606*||12,051*|
|Campus Setting||City: Large||City: Large||Suburb: Large|
|Tuition (2015-2016)||$4,760 in-district, $8,350 in-state, $11,840 out-of-state||$12,900 program cost **||$4,320 in-district, $4,440 in-state, $4,440 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2013- 2014)||63%*||Financial aid is not offered for this program**||73%*|
|Graduation Rate (Students who began in 2011)||16%*||NA*||11%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Thomas Jefferson University
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.
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.
Thomas Jefferson University
Thomas Jefferson University, in a partnership with Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, offers a variety of health-related programs for aspiring healthcare professionals. Also affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals is JeffSTAT, a medical transportation and EMS training provider whose contributions offer students a variety of emergency medical services programs. The daytime paramedic program takes 11 months to complete, and the evening program takes about 18 months.
Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Program
Students complete 525 hours of didactic studies, 400 clinical hours working in the trauma center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, and a field internship of 240-400 hours working with the local fire rescue service. In addition to being 18 years old and a high school graduate, participants must have CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and EMT-B certifications. They must also show proof of criminal background check clearance, child abuse check clearance, and current health insurance. Prerequisite courses include anatomy and physiology I and II and college-level English and math.
Camden County College
Although located in New Jersey, Camden County College (CCC) is less than a half-hour drive from downtown Philadelphia. CCC offers certificate and associate's degree programs in paramedic science; the associate's degree option requires completion of general education courses. Classes can be taken in the day or evening. The school also offers a hybrid paramedic program that utilizes both classroom and online instruction, although most of the work (assignments, quizzes, and homework) is available online. Students are prepared to take paramedic certification exams. In addition to tuition, students must pay per-credit service and facilities fees.
Certificate or Associate in Applied Science in Paramedic Sciences
All paramedic students complete 44 credits of paramedic courses. Certificate students also must take a course in human biology, while associate's degree candidates complete 23 credits of general education courses, including studies in English, math, and social sciences. Clinical education is part of both programs. Paramedic students must be high school graduates of at least 18 years of age and must have EMT-B and CPR certification. They must also have sponsorships from a New Jersey Mobile Intensive Care Unit hospital. Applicants must complete formal interviews with the paramedic science program acceptance committee.