Pennsylvania EMT Certification Program Overviews

Pennsylvania has 18 schools that offer EMT certification programs. Get some information about the programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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EMT Certification Programs in Pennsylvania

In order to become certified in Pennsylvania, individuals must pass a first responder, EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic certification exam administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Learn about the levels of training offered, necessary prerequisites and the curricula in two schools' programs. The table at the conclusion of this article also contains additional details about these schools.

  • Northampton Community College, located in Bethlehem, in the northeastern portion of the state, offers an EMT/First Responder certification course and an associate's degree in emergency services technology.
  • Delaware County Community College is situated in Media, a suburb of Philadelphia. This school offers an EMT competency certificate program and an associate's degree program in paramedic advanced life support.

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Comparison of Schools

After comparing the details of the programs offered, a quick exploration of the following table can give students added information about these two schools, including the student population, tuition and graduation rates.

Northampton Community College Delaware County Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 10,531* 12,459*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $3,990 (in-district)*
$8,700 (in-state)*
$12,840 (out-of-state)*
$4,760 (in-district)*
$8,350 (in-state)*
$11,840 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 71%* 63%*
Acceptance Rate (2015-2016) 100% (open admissions)* 100% (open admissions)*
Retention Rate (2014) 62%* 61%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began studies in Fall 2011) 19%* 16%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Northampton Community College

Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Northampton Community College is one of the largest schools in the state to offer EMT certification programs. In addition to various associate's degree programs, the school offers a diverse selection of youth and adult continuing education programs.

EMT/First Responder Certification Course

This continuing education course is available as a credit or non-credit class, covering all the basic information needed for initial and re-certification of basic-level EMTs. Students in this program will cover CPR, hospital preparation, fractures, patient transportation, traumatic injuries and other hands-on tasks necessary to working as an EMT. Evaluation and prioritization of sick and injured persons is a part of this semester-long course, which typically meets twice a week for three hours.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Services Technology

This associate's degree program prepares students for entry into a variety of health services careers, particularly as an EMT. In addition to courses on emergency medical procedures, students can tailor the program to their unique educational goals, including firefighting, EMT training, management or safety inspection. This 62-credit program is free to anyone in service with an approved Northampton County Emergency Unit.

Delaware County Community College

With two campuses and three outreach centers, the Delaware County Community College (DCCC) serves the Delaware, Chester and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania with various EMT training programs. In operation since 1967, DCCC has its main campus in Media, Pennsylvania, and provides accredited diplomas, certificates and associate's degrees.

EMT Certificate Program

This 177 hours in emergency medical services serves as an introductory course to pre-hospital treatment careers. Emphasis in this certificate program is placed on the care and safety of the patients, care providers and the rest of the pre-hospital team. Courses are varied, covering incident management, anatomy, basic lifesaving techniques and technical communications.

Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic - Advanced Life Support

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paramedic - Advanced Life Support focuses preparing students for the exam to become certified paramedics. The core program combines various general education, social science, patient assessment and emergency management courses. Applicants must have current CPR and EMT certifications.

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