The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
Paramedics care for patients at the scene of an accident or sudden illness and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital. They are vital members of both the health care delivery system and public safety first responder network. They receive extensive education in the use of advanced procedures, medications and specialized equipment to manage medical emergencies and traumatic injuries. Through careful patient assessment team-oriented medical care, paramedics help prevent and reduce death and disability from illness and injury.Paramedics generally work for ambulance services or fire departments but some paramedics find employment in hospital emergency departments, aeromedical services, medical clinics, sports medicine, tactical medicine, industrial medicine and similar occupations.The Associate of Science degree program prepares individuals for employment as an advanced life support provider and for advancement into supervisory roles or further education.Graduates of this program are eligible to take the credential examinations of the National Registry of EMTs to become a Nationally Registered Paramedic. The credential is recognized by Pennsylvania Department of Health for Pennsylvania certification as a paramedic.Student must meet pre-program requirements, which include current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Pennsylvania, a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age. Admission is limited by the availability of clinical sites and other factors. Students must make separate application to this program. Admission to the college and completion of any developmental level courses is required.Students must also meet pre-program requirement, which include the successful completion of BIO-151 General Biology 1 or BIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science.A criminal history or felony conviction may affect a graduate’s eligibility to take the registry exam or obtain state certification. A majority of states require a license or certification to practice as a paramedic.Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
This 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.This program is accredited as an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Institute by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS.