PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County and Sharon Regional Medical Center are partnering to offer a new satellite program for AEMTs (advanced emergency medical technicians) to become paramedics at the Sharon, Pa. facility. The AEMT to Paramedic program will provide certified AEMTs with the knowledge and skills necessary to be eligible to obtain National Registry certification as paramedics. The partnership will meet the urgent need for paramedic level education to develop emergency medical services (EMS) professionals to care for communities and patients in the northwest region of Pennsylvania.
The 11-month program will enable students to develop or upgrade the industry skills that are required for EMS providers to succeed in a competitive economy. Graduates will have the ability to obtain employment as paramedics upon successful completion of the National Registry Paramedic exam. In addition, graduates will have the opportunity to receive advanced standing toward CCAC's Paramedic Associate of Science degree program. In other words, graduates may have their credential converted to a certain number of credits toward the Paramedic associate degree, then take additional courses to complete the degree, leading to advancement opportunities.
The program will fulfill a critical workforce need in the northwest region of the state, which has an 80-mile void of paramedic education that has led to a severe shortage of paramedics. In the past five years, there has been a total net loss of 277 emergency medical professionals in the seven counties that comprise the region.
"CCAC has had a very long and successful partnership with Sharon Regional Medical Center," said Theresa Bryant, vice president of CCAC Workforce Development. "We look forward to taking training for emergency medical responders in that region to the next level, ensuring there will be highly skilled EMS professionals to serve the residents of Northwest Pennsylvania for years to come."
Classes, which are scheduled to begin on Oct. 22, 2018, will take place at the Sharon Regional Winner EMS Institute on the campus of Sharon Regional Medical Center, which will be a collaboration with local service providers.
"As the region's leading Medical Center, we are committed to addressing the growing need for emergency services providers to have trained personnel to care for patients in the communities we serve," stated Joseph Hugar, president of Sharon Regional Medical Center. "We are extremely pleased to be able to implement this certification program in cooperation with CCAC, which is the first step in filling the critical need in Mercer County and surrounding areas. This program is a nice addition to the SRMC School of Nursing and School of Radiography already offered on our expanding campus."
Cost of the training is $4,500 plus books, supplies and other student fees. A payment plan option is available, and students may also qualify for educational funding support from area EMS providers. For more information, contact Kurt Ellefson, director of Emergency & Security Services, Sharon Regional Medical Center, at Kurt.Ellefson@Steward.org or 724.983.3980; or contact Jennifer LaDue, coordinator, CCAC Public Safety Institute Northwest Region Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724.679.9926.
CCAC's program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727.210.2350, www.caahep.org upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP), 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088; 214.703.8445, www.coaemsp.org. CCAC's program is accredited as an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Institute by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS.