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Saint Joseph's University's Paramedic Certificate

Offered by Saint Joseph’s University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health, our Paramedic Certificate 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

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Offered in 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.

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Taught by Experienced Faculty in the Paramedic Field

Students in this certificate program will learn from and work alongside faculty who have a breadth of experience working as paramedics.

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

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Why Become a Paramedic in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania is home to countless emergency rooms and ambulances seeking paramedics, including:

  • Lancaster General Hospital
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital
  • UPMC
  • Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania – Penn Presbyterian