Conemaugh School of Emergency Medical Services

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The Conemaugh School of EMS offers two initial certification courses:
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic. 

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program

The 200 hour Emergency Medical Technician program teaches students to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. An EMT possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. EMTs are taught to perform skills within their scope of practice. Some of these skills include: Insertion of airway and breathing adjuncts, provide supplemental oxygen therapy, perform patient assessment to include basic vital signs, assist with or deliver some Pharmacologic interventions, perform CPR, assist with childbirths, provide trauma care. Upon successful completion of the EMT Program and certification exam, the entry-level EMTs serve as an EMS team member on an emergency call with more experienced personnel in the lead role. EMTs may serve as a team leader following additional training and/or experience.

This course is conducted in person at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center two times a year.
November to May on Monday and Thursday evenings from 1800-2200hrs
June to August on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 0800-1700. This is an accelerated program.

Applications are accecpted year round. However, ALL applications must be received 30 days PRIOR to the start of the next available course. Walk ins on the first day of the course are NOT accepted.

Some information has been taken from the National EMS Scope of Practice, 2009 p20


Paramedic Program

A Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic program complies with the 2009 National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. To be a Paramedic, you must be a PA Certified EMT. We also require a post-secondary Anatomy and Physiology Program be completed prior to the start of the Paramedic Program.  The paramedic program is 1035 hours that is conducted over a 12-month period one time a year. The program includes 405 hours of didactic and laboratory instruction, 405 hours of clinical experience, and 220 hours of field internship. Class begins in late August and concludes in August of the following year. Portions of the course are broadcast via live interactive webinar. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Registry Paramedic Exam (State Certifying Exam) practical on site, (based on regional availability). Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) programs are included in the program. 

This course is conducted in person at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center one time a year from August to August on Monday and Thursday evenings from 1800-2200hrs

Applications are accecpted year round. However, ALL applications must be received 30 days PRIOR to the start of the next available course. Walk ins on the first day of the course are NOT accepted.

Some information has been taken from the National EMS Scope of Practice, 2009 p21

For more information on the EMT or Paramedic Programs, please click on the Catalog tab on the left side of the screen.

Pass Rates and Placements

Allied Health Reference Form


Accreditation

The School of EMS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of The Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
Room 606
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-8740
paemsoffice@pa.gov

Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350

CAAHEP Accredited Programs 

Commission on Accreditation of EMS Education Programs
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445

Conemaugh Health System is required by U.S. Department of Education regulations to provide its students and prospective students with contact information for any relevant state official or agency that would appropriately handle a student’s complaint about Conemaugh’s education programs.  Students are encouraged to utilize Conemaugh’s internal complaint policies and procedures prior to filing a complaint with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  If a concern cannot be addressed through internal processes, students or prospective students may file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection (16th Floor, Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17120).  

Information about the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s process for submitting consumer complaints 

Phone: 800-441-2555.