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 emergency services specialist diploma and an associate's degree in emergency services technology.
- Delaware County Community College is situated in Media, a suburb of Philadelphia. This school offers a paramedic certificate of proficiency program and an associate's degree program in paramedic advanced life support.
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 (2017)||9,921*||11,030*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $4,230 (in-district)*
| $5,291 (in-district)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||76%*||66%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017-2018)||100% (open admissions)*||100% (open admissions)*|
|Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2016-2017)||59%*||58%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began studies in Fall 2014)||18%*||17%*|
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.
Emergency Services Specialist, Specialized Diploma
This program is designed for students who are interested in obtaining careers in the field of emergency services. Coursework includes firefighting, rescue management and EMT training. Students study the basic techniques required to serve as an emergency first responder. Decision-making skills are highlighted. This program is also available for continuing education credit, and courses can be put towards the associate's degree program.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Services Technology
This associate's degree program prepares students for entry into a variety of emergency services careers, particularly as an EMT. In addition to taking courses on emergency medical procedures, students can tailor the program to their unique educational goals. Areas of focus including firefighting, EMS technology, and security technology. This 64-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.
Paramedic Certificate of Proficiency Program
A 40-credit Paramedic, Certificate of Proficiency program is available for students seeking entry to this career field. Students cover emergency response techniques, such as trauma assessment, medication administration and airway management. Clinical practice will also be highlighted. Through this program, students become eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam.
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic - Advanced Life Support
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paramedic - Advanced Life Support program focuses on 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.