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    Lackawanna CollegeCurrent NewsCampus NewsEMS Academy at Lackawanna College earns important accreditation

    EMS Academy at Lackawanna College earns important accreditation

    SCRANTON, Pa. – Lackawanna College has received its initial accreditation for its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

    “The recent peer review conducted by the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognizes the program’s substantial compliance with the national established accreditation standards,” CAAHEP President Thomas K. Skalka, Ph.D., wrote in his March 21 letter to the College. “The commission commends you and your colleagues for your commitment to continuous quality improvement in education.”

    The initial five-year accreditation expires March 31, 2021, and aligns the College with nationally recognized best practices for its demanding EMS Academy program, which trains aspiring paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

    “This news is a tribute to our staff who have worked tirelessly for the past few years preparing for our peer review as well as preparing students to become world class paramedics,” said Lackawanna College Dean of Continuing Education Anita Cola. “This accreditation allows us to continue our commitment to quality improvement in this vitally important program moving forward.”

    “This accreditation helps ensure that our students will continue to receive the quality education and clinical experience that Lackawanna College provides to prepare them for success on the national registry paramedic exam,” added EMS Academy Clinical Coordinator Candy Burcheri.

    The EMS Academy combines traditional education with clinical and field internships for a combines 1,704 hours of training. For more information, visit

    Lackawanna College is the premier, private, accredited two-year college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda.

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