Paramedic 2017-11-09T15:40:05+00:00

Paramedic Program – Overview

Application deadline is June 1st, 2018 now. We will be holding interviews on all completed applications between January 9th and June 9th.

Applicants that are accepted to the program will be contacted by Friday, June 15th, 2018.

Class of 2018 begins with a mandatory orientation on August 28, 29, & 30th, 2018.

The Center for Emergency Medicine has been offering Paramedic education for over 30 years. During that time our program has undergone numerous changes from curriculum to faculty. One constant has remained the ability to educate competent entry level paramedics who are able to meet the needs of the ever changing field of prehospital care.

The faculty of the Center for Emergency Medicine consists of experienced educators, prehospital providers, registered nurses, and emergency physicians. We have developed the Center’s Paramedic education program to equip students with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to develop as medical professionals. Throughout the program, students receive instruction in the art and science of emergency medicine through lecture, lab, and clinical education in the hospital and field. The curriculum involves students in these components of education concurrently. This enables paramedic students to master theory and practical application quickly.

All of the Center’s Paramedic Education programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to provide high quality emergency medical care. Paramedic Education at the Center has received national recognition for its innovative, comprehensive, and well-rounded approach to the education of professionals in out-of-hospital medicine.

The Center for Emergency Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs1361 Park StreetClearwater, FL  To contact CoAEMSP:8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312Rowlett, TX 75088214-703-8445FAX

Outcomes Assessments – Center for Emergency Medicine #600090
2016 2015 2014 Three Year
Graduates 22 67 51 140
NREMT CBT 100% 98% 96% 98%
NREMT Practical 100% 100% 100% 100%
Retention 91% 93% 85% 90%
Positive Placement 100% 97% 100% 99%


The Center for Emergency Medicine offers a paramedic diploma program designed to prepare paramedics for entry-level positions in urban, suburban, and rural Emergency Medical Services throughout the country. The Diploma Program is offered in a full-time and a part-time program. Both programs require that the student complete clinical and field rotations on non-class days.

The Center for Emergency Medicine was the first facility in the country to use the 1998 Paramedic: National Standard Curriculum. This is the most comprehensive curricula in the history of EMS and was developed to prepare advanced level providers for the new millennium. The Center’s course of study meets or exceeds all of the minimum national and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania training requirements. Upon graduation from the program, the students will be eligible take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT-Paramedic Examination.


The course of instruction consists of four phases of education: didactic, laboratory, clinical/field and summative field internship. The Center’s program consists of 480 hours of didactic education and laboratory education, and 640 hours of clinical education. The didactic material provides the foundation for understanding the purpose and objectives of clinical treatments. We believe that this is the distinction between the professional and the technician. This philosophy provides the rationale for the development of a comprehensive classroom curriculum.

Laboratory training provides a safe and effective opportunity for students to develop psychomotor skills and apply concepts to clinical decision-making. The Center maintains an extensive array of training manikins, models and equipment specifically for practice of the psychomotor skills of patient care. The Center also takes advantage of the latest technology for educational purposes. We maintain a state-of-the-art computer laboratory with the latest educational software and Internet access.


Although this program allows the student to complete the program over 44 weeks, it still requires a significant commitment from the student. The program meets at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital for the didactic classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Students report to the Oakland campus for practical skills development on Wednesday evenings. Students will also meet one Saturday per month for 8 hours: 4 hours of didactic classes and 4 hours of practical skills development.  During the Fall students will also meet for one Friday session in  September through December.  Students are expected to complete clinical and field rotations on non- class days.


BLOCK 1 – Didactic

BLOCK 3 – Didactic

Foundations of Emergency Care Pharmacology
Pathophysiology Medical 1

BLOCK 1 – Practical

BLOCK 3 – Practical

Medicine Administration Cardiology Lab

BLOCK 2 – Didactic

BLOCK 4 – Didactic

Intro to Physical Assessment Medical 2
Cardiology and Respiratory EMS Operations

BLOCK 2 – Practical

BLOCK 4 – Practical

Physical Exam Lab Assessment Based Management