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
This certificate program prepares individuals for entry-level
employment as a paramedic in an emergency medical service or other
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. Students must also meet
pre-program requirement, which include the successful completion of
BIO-151 General Biology 1 orBIO-110 Introduction to Biological Science.
Progression to the paramedic associate degree program is possible
for all students having completed the paramedic certificate
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
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,
This program is accredited as an Emergency Medical Services
(EMS) Education Institute by the Pennsylvania Department of Health,
Bureau of EMS.