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    EMS Academy – Paramedic

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    Please note that this certificate program is not currently accepting new students.

    EMT Training

    The Lackawanna College EMS Academy is enrolling students for future EMT training courses.

    Courses are approximately three months long and meet each Saturday and Sunday. EMT training is a prerequisite for student to enroll in the EMS Academy’s Paramedic program.


    The EMS Academy at Lackawanna College is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP), 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088. For details, visit www.coaemsp.org or call (214) 703-8445.

    The Lackawanna College EMS Academy offers the programs that aspiring paramedics and emergency medical technicians need to be successful in the workforce. Our students learn the best practices in providing critical care to sick and injured patients and master the skills essential to coordinate and manage emergency medical systems.

    The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response and perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance under medical oversight.

    Educational Requirements
    Because of the amount of complex decision making, one of the eligibility requirements for licensure requires successful completion of a nationally accredited Paramedic program at the certificate or associate degree level.

    Paramedic Training

    Fast Facts

    • Students will receive training to become competent entry-level National Registry Paramedics with experience in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavioral) learning domains.
    • Our Academy graduates pass their national registry paramedic exams with a three-year average 81% pass rate, surpassing both the national average of 78% and the Pennsylvania average of 75%. The pass rate for students completing the program in the fall of 2015 was 70%.
    • Paramedic Training program combines classroom education with intensive clinical and field internships.
    • Program is 1,704 hours: 628 hours of classroom instruction and 872 hours of clinical/field experience.
    • Upon completion, students will receive 34 credits to transfer into Lackawanna College’s Emergency Medical Services associate degree program.
    • Classes are held in Healey Hall, 415 N. Washington Ave., on the College’s Scranton campus.
    • To participate, individuals must already be certified in Pennsylvania as Emergency Medical Technicians. At least one year of experience as an EMT is recommended, but not required.
    • Paramedic courses are taught by experienced personnel including doctors, paramedics, and nurses.

    To be admitted, applicants must:

    • Be at least 18 years of age at the start of the program.
    • Be an EMT, preferably, with one year’s experience preferred.
      If you require EMT training and certification, please click here for more information about available training options through Lackawanna College’s Office of Continuing Education.
    • Submit an admissions application and a copy of their medical insurance, driver’s license, and proof of current EMT, proof of current CPR, and their high school diploma or GED Certificate and any college transcripts.
    • Complete a personal health history form and submit a physical examination form completed and signed by a family physician with immunizations dates listed verified on the health history form (page 5 of application).
    • Complete and submit results from an FBI-fingerprint background check without disqualifying results.
    • Complete and submit results from a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance check without disqualifying results.
    • Complete and submit results from a Pennsylvania State Background check without disqualifying results.
    • Have filled out the necessary financial aid applications.
    • Have submitted payment for textbooks or have made payment arrangements with the Business Office.
    • Have paid all admission fees.
    • Complete the college assessment test and written entrance exam (EMT-basic level must attain at least 75 % for admission consideration).
    • Successfully complete an oral interview conducted by the Director of Paramedic Training Program or designated program staff.
    • Complete student assessments.
    • Have acquired the Paramedic program uniform. (submit copy of purchase receipt to Program Director)
    • Meet with the Program Medical Director.
    • Submit to urine drug screening during the first week of class and provide proof of negative or “clean” results.
    Program Costs

    In addition to previous program prerequisites, students must fill out appropriate financial aid applications. An appointment can be made by calling the Lackawanna College Financial Aid Office at (570) 961-7859.

    All fees, including registration forms and books, must be paid in full before the semester begins.

    Cost Breakdown:

    Registration fee: $115
    (Fee is non-refundable and must be submitted with the application. Testing will not be scheduled until the fee is paid.)

    Books and clinical software: $980*
    Credentialing Fees: $710**
    (Fees are non-refundable and due upon acceptance into the program.)

    Tuition ($4,847.50 per semester): $9,695


    *Students who qualify may recieve funding through Financial Aid to cover the full cost of tuition.

    **Due to the rising cost of textbooks, software, and/or credentialing costs, these amounts are subject to change.

    Clinical Training

    EMS Academy students will gain clinical training experience in a variety of areas including:

    Advanced Cardiac Life Support

    An ACLS course develops student’s core knowledge and skills including working as a group leader; competently directing initial emergency care for respiratory and cardiac arrest; and management of the patient with a pulse including Acute Coronary Syndrome, stroke, and special resuscitative situations.

    ACLS is intended for emergency personnel in intensive care or critical care departments and emergency medical providers. Many healthcare professionals including paramedics, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, as well as students in various disciplines, participate in ACLS training.

    Initial certification requires 16 hours of instruction. Renewal of ACLS requires 8 hours of instruction. Prerequisites for the ACLS include training and/or education in basic rhythm analysis (ECG interpretation) and Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR/AED)*.


    Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer develops a student’s core knowledge and skills. Courses are intended for healthcare professionals, emergency medical responders, or anyone needing BLS training and certification as a job requirement, and they are offered in conjunction with and independent from the College’s Paramedic Training program

    Initial certification requires 7 hours of instruction. Renewal certification requires half that time. Prerequisites for renewal include a current CPR certification equal to the professional level, prior to expiration. There are no prerequisites for initial certification in this course.

    Pediatric Advanced Life Support

    Pediatric Advanced Life Support, or PALS, educates students in core objectives including didactic and psychomotor skills training required for the recognition and treatment of conditions that may lead to a cardiopulmonary arrest in an infant or child. Courses are offered in conjunction with and independent from Lackawanna’s Paramedic Training programs.

    PALS is intended for emergency personnel in intensive care or critical care departments and emergency medical providers whom provide care to infants and children. Initial certification requires 16 hours of instruction. Renewal of PALS requires 8 hours of instruction. Prerequisites for PALS include training and/or education in basic rhythm analysis (ECG interpretation) and Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR/AED)*.

    *If BLS/CPR/AED is included in your ACLS or PALS course, then it is not a prerequisite.