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Emergency Medical Services

Paramedic Program

The Community College of Allegheny County has been providing Paramedic training and education to Western Pennsylvania since the late 1970’s. At one time CCAC offered paramedic training at 7 different locations. Over the years the program was consolidated into one program. The program was transitioned to a credit program offering both a Certificate and an Associate degree option.  With the continued demand for paramedics in both the prehospital and hospital setting the program will now be offered again as a non-credit offering. Students will have a pathway to obtain College Credits for successful completion of the paramedic program that is currently being finalized. Our target date is Fall of 2022 to offer a program at our Boyce Campus.

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Paramedics care for patients at the scene of an accident or sudden illness and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital. They are vital members of both the health care delivery system and public safety first responder network. They receive extensive education in the use of advanced procedures, medications and specialized equipment to manage medical emergencies and traumatic injuries. Through careful patient assessment and team-oriented medical care, paramedics help prevent and reduce death and disability from illness and injury.

Paramedics generally work for ambulance services or fire departments but some paramedics find employment in hospital emergency departments, aeromedical services, medical clinics, sports medicine, tactical medicine, industrial medicine and similar occupations.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the credential examination of the National Registry of EMTs to become a Nationally Registered Paramedic. The credential is recognized by Pennsylvania Department of Health for Pennsylvania certification as a paramedic.

The Community College of Allegheny County is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

Paramedic Program Outcomes #600389

2020 Outcomes
NREMT/ State Exam 71.4%
Retention 70%
Positive Job Placement 100%

2019 Outcomes
NREMT/ State Exam 100%
Retention 50%
Positive Job Placement 100%

2018 Outcomes
NREMT/ State Exam 50%
Retention 67.7%
Positive Job Placement 100%

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

This program provides training in emergency medical care designed for initial responders to an accident or medical emergency prior to ambulance arrival. Topics include airway care, CPR, AED, oxygen administration, control of bleeding and prevention of shock, and treatment of trauma and medical emergencies. This course also includes a final practical evaluation of skills and a final written exam of knowledge. Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to take PA Department of Health certification exams for Emergency Medical Responder. PA DOH Functional Position Description for EMR lists capability requirements for certification. Prerequisite: Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

This program is primarily designed for Ambulance/EMS personnel, but is appropriate for anyone who may be required to respond to emergencies and has access to emergency care equipment. This course combines lecture, skill demonstration and skill practice and has attendance and academic performance requirements to stay in the program. In addition to the class sessions students must complete NIMS 100 and 700 through a free online independent study module.

Prerequisites: Course participants must be at least 18 years of age at the first class session. All students must meet the Functional Position Description for EMT. These include vision and hearing acuity as well as reading/writing and physical abilities. A complete list will be furnished to all students at the first class session. If you need the Functional Position Description or ADA Accommodation Policy prior to registration, call 412.788.7507. All students are required to complete a criminal history form.

View EMT Information Packet

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

This course prepares students with the knowledge and skills to provide advanced level emergency care in a pre-hospital setting. This course is aligned with the National Education Standards for AEMT as approved by the PA DOH (Department of Health). Students will learn emergency care for cardiac arrest, medical emergencies, trauma emergencies, patient assessment techniques, oxygen administration, advanced airway skills, IV therapy, medication administration and pharmacology for emergency care. Students must be able to meet all requirements for the Functional Position Description for AEMT. The course will include classroom sessions, skill labs, and required clinical rotations in hospitals and ambulance services.

Prerequisites: Course participants must be at least 18 years of age at the first class session. All students must meet the Functional Position Description for AEMT. These include vision and hearing acuity as well as reading/writing and physical abilities. A complete list will be furnished to all students at the first class session. If you need the Functional Position Description or ADA Accommodation Policy prior to registration, call 412.788.7507. All students are required to complete a criminal history form.

View AEMT Information Packet

Emergency Vehicle Operations

Learn about the physical, psychological and legal issues involved when driving an emergency vehicle. The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires formal instruction for the drivers of ambulances. This is NOT a course on "hot" pursuit, but rather education on the safety and skills necessary to maneuver these vehicles including a custom obstacle course to simulate field situations.
Students will be required to complete both the classroom portion of the course and a timed driving course.

Prerequisite: Valid Driver's License. Each Student MUST provide an ambulance or Fire apparatus for use during the driving portion of the course.

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