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Advanced Life Support - Paramedic
Certificate program (Typically finished in two semesters)

The Advanced Life Support Program provides paramedic level training utilizing current and modern equipment based on the guidelines of the national standard curriculum as mandated by Pennsylvania State Law to competently prepare the student to pass both the national practical and written certification exam process.

A graduate of this certificate program may continue his/her studies leading to an AAS Degree in EMS

To prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or First Responder levels. This program provides the student the opportunity to understand advanced life support life saving skill in the environment encountered by a field level street paramedic operating out of an ambulance, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), or mobile intensive care unit.

The graduate of this program is able to:

  • Integrate comprehensive knowledge of EMS systems, the safety/wellbeing of the paramedic, the medical, legal, and ethical issues which is intended to improve the health of EMS personnel, patients, and the community.
  • Integrate comprehensive knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and management of cardiac, respiratory, and trauma patients.
  • Integrate anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology in the management of obstetric, pediatric, neonatal, and medical patients.
  • Safely and effectively perform all practical skills within the National, State, and Local guidelines at the EMT-paramedic level.

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2021. The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 90.9%. The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as 'Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military'. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program. The most recent retention rate was 84.6 %.

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Required Courses / Recommended Sequence
EMS-201 - Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Part A, 7 credits
EMS-209 - Emergency Vehicle Operations Class, 1 credits
EMS-103 - EMS Pharmacology, 3 credits
EMS-202 - Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Part B, 7 credits
EMS-210 - International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), 1 credits
EMS-211 - Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), 1 credits
EMS-203 - Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Part C, 7 credits
EMS-205 - Advanced Paramedic Practice, 5 credits
EMS-212 - Pediatric Advanced Life Support, 1 credits

Total Credits for Degree: 33

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