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Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and EMT-paramedics are trained to provide medical care to people who have suffered from an illness or an injury outside of the hospital setting. EMTs and paramedics work under protocols approved by a physician medical director to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies and transport patients to definitive medical care. EMTs provide basic life support, and EMT-paramedics provide advanced life support.
According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Paramedic, Certificate of Proficiency
The Paramedic, Certificate of Proficiency is designed for individuals who are seeking careers as paramedics. Paramedic careers include 9-1-1 emergency response, inter-facility and critical care transport via ground and aero-medical vehicles. The primary focus of the program is to provide the education, skills and clinical experiences to prepare the entry level paramedic for employment. The National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards: Paramedic Instructional Guidelines were used in developing the competencies and course content.
Upon successful completion of the 40 credits of EMTP courses with a “C” or better, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry exam to become certified as a Paramedic. This national certification exam consists of twelve psychomotor (skills) stations as well as a computer-based cognitive exam. Completion of the certificate of proficiency does not guarantee the student a National Registry certification as a paramedic.
Paramedic - Advanced Life Support, A.A.S.
EMT-paramedics perform all of the skills performed by an EMT. In addition, they perform advanced airway management, such as endotracheal intubation. They obtain electrocardiographs (ECGs), introduce intravenous lines, and administer numerous emergency medications. EMT-paramedics assess ECG tracings and defibrillate. They have extensive training in patient assessment and are exposed to a variety of clinical experiences during training. In addition, the students will take the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) programs.
The Paramedic – Advanced Life Support , A.A.S. degree program is offered as a part-time program designed for the student who also works. The program begins in the fall semester and runs for 6 consecutive semesters. At this time, clinical experience rotations are done at Crozer Chester Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, UPENN at Chester County Hospital, Taylor Hospital and Springfield Hospital. Field rotations are presently completed with Crozer Chester Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, UPENN at Chester County Hospital, Taylor Hospital and Springfield Hospital, Marple Township Ambulance Corps, Plymouth Township Ambulance and Riddle Memorial Hospital (Mainline Health).
Didactic/clinical/Field classes/rotations meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and every other weekend, Saturday and Sunday for 12 hour days. Upon successful completion of this program, the student is eligible to take the National Registry Exam to become a certified EMT-Paramedic.
In addition to the college course requirements and prerequisites, the student must also meet the following prerequisites for the Paramedic program:
- Maintain current certification as an EMT in Pennsylvania or National Registry certification
- Maintain current CPR for Healthcare Provider certification
- Be age 18 or older
- Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
- Pass a criminal background check in your state of residence, a PA State Police criminal background check and an FBI background check
- Obtain a Child Abuse Clearance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Have current health insurance