New for this fall, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is offering a Paramedic program with both certificate and degree options. The program is unique to the region as CCAC is the only institution in Allegheny County offering a Paramedic Associate of Science degree program. The program is one of 25 credit Allied Health programs offered by the college.
Thanks to the generosity of benefactors such as the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Paramedic program will offer a state-of-the-art science laboratory with equipment for instruction and student hands-on learning—including a new, fully equipped ambulance, simulated interactive human-body models and all of the equipment commonly used by paramedics in the field. The CCAC Paramedic program has received initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.
The primary role of paramedics is to care for the sick and/or injured in emergency medical, health care and industrial settings. Employment can be obtained within fire, police and rescue squad departments, private ambulance service companies, hospitals and helicopter emergency transport services. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of paramedics is expected to grow by 33% from 2010 to 2020, a much faster rate than the average for all occupations. The median yearly salary for paramedics is $30,360.
CCAC’s Paramedic program is being offered beginning August 19th for the fall 2013 semester at CCAC–Boyce Campus in Monroeville. Individuals interested in either enrolling or obtaining more information should call 724.325.6614 or visit www.ccac.edu, search keywords “paramedic program.”
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to nearly 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit www.ccac.edu to learn more.