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Saint Joseph's University's Paramedic Certificate

The Lancaster Consortium for Emergency Medicine Education-Paramedic Program (LCfEME), our paramedic certificate, is offered by Saint Joseph’s University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health through a partnership between Saint Joseph's University in Lancaster and Lancaster EMS, will prepare you for a career saving lives and leading a team of medical professionals during emergencies. Designed for students who are currently certified as EMTs and have graduated high school (or have a GED), this program can be completed in as little as one year.


About The Paramedic Certificate

Becoming a paramedic equips you to provide immediate treatment to victims of illness and injury. Their leadership and expertise play critical roles in public health and safety during medical emergencies, rescue operations, mass casualties, fires and crime scenes.

Our paramedic program is a collaboration with Lancaster Emergency Medical Services. Experienced paramedics, pre-hospital registered nurses and physicians will lead you through paramedic courses, lectures, skill sessions and clinical/field training. In addition to being eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Certification exam, you may receive the following certifications:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • International Trauma Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support

The mission of the Lancaster Consortium for Emergency Medicine Education Paramedic Education Program is:

“To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains without extra points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.”

See the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook.

Facts & Figures


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of a paramedic in 2022 is $39,410


All paramedics were employed within 6 months of graduating and 100% passed the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic Certification Exam (2017-2021)


Hours of clinical/field experience & paramedic classes


12-month program consisting of approximately 1,200 hours of classroom paramedic classes and clinical/field experience. Below you will find a sample schedule from August to the following August.

  • Mondays/Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, as well as one Saturday in semesters I and II

  • Students must choose one lab per semester I & II from the time slot list below. There is a maximum of 6 students per lab. There is no lab in semester III.

    • EMS 201L, Tuesday, 1300-1700
    • EMS 201L, Tuesday, 1800-2200
    • EMS 201L, Wednesday, 1300-1700
    • EMS 201L, Thursday, 1800-2200
    • EMS 201L, Sunday, 1300-1700


    • EMS 202L, Tuesday, 1300-1700
    • EMS 202L, Tuesday, 1800-2200
    • EMS 202L, Wednesday, 1300-1700
    • EMS 202L, Thursday, 1800-2200
    • EMS 202L, Sunday, 1300-1700

    Clinical/field time to be scheduled by the student at their convenience based on programmatic standards.


Saint Joseph's University's outcomes data for the paramedic certificate program provides valuable insight into graduates' success rates and achievements, offering a comprehensive overview of the program's impact and effectiveness in preparing students for careers in emergency medical services.

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Experiential Learning

The Lancaster Consortium for Emergency Medicine Education does not currently offer advanced placement to students who are seeking to graduate or become eligible to sit for the National Registry or state examination at the paramedic level. Students with medical training, including nursing, military medical training, etc, are NOT given advanced placement in the LCfEME Paramedic Program. 

All students seeking to graduate or become eligible for the National Registry or state examination must complete all of the requirements of the Lancaster Consortium for Emergency Medicine Education.

Our Faculty

Richard Pearson
Richard Pearson, MBA, EMT/P

Program Director, Emergency Medical Services

Bob Hollinger
Bob Hollinger, NRP

Clinical Coordinator, Paramedic Program