Paramedic Education Program

Interested in a challenging, fast-paced career where you can save lives? Become a paramedic. Paramedics are highly trained medical professionals who provide compassionate, critical treatment and assistance to individuals in desperate need. As a paramedic, you must think and act quickly, exercising excellent judgment.

Program Effectiveness

Learn more about the effectiveness and completion outcomes for our Paramedic Education Program.

Program Effectiveness Data [PDF]

Our Paramedic Education Program offers the highest level of prehospital care training in advanced life support and includes academic, clinical, and field experiences. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the National Registry Exam for paramedics.

Our program has received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The Paramedic Education Program admits new classes every August. The deadline has been extended to June 1 or when qualified student capacity has been reached. You can register for the program by completing the online application form.

Enrollment is limited to certified Emergency Medical Technicians and Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians with at least one year of experience in emergency care.

Please note: We are currently accepting applications for August 2020.

Admission to the Program will be based on the following:

  • Current EMT or AEMT certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Valid two-year BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
  • One-year experience as an EMT or AEMT.
  • Submission of high school transcript or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory scores on the pre-admission examination.
  • Recommendations: “recommend with confidence” rating.

The following documentation is required after the applicant is offered a seat in the class and according to post-acceptance deadlines:

  • $300 Non-refundable Confirmation of Enrollment fee and form
  • Current Criminal Record Check.
  • Current PA Child Abuse History Clearance Check
  • Current FBI fingerprint results. Official results are needed.
  • Documentation of health insurance, including hospitalization benefits.
  • Healthcare provider confirmation of required health screenings, tests, and immunizations.
  • Other information as requested.

2019/20 Paramedic Tuition

For more information, please contact the school at 484-628-0100.

Scholarships Available

Select a scholarship below to learn more.

James A. Gilmartin Paramedic Scholarship Fund [PDF]

Charles F. Barbera M.D. Chairman Scholarship Fund [PDF]


All paramedic lectures are held Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reading Hospital's School of Health Sciences throughout the 11-month program. Graduation is in July.

Clinical rotations are completed at times convenient to the student.

Topics of instruction include:

Prehospital Environment

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • EMS systems
  • Medical/legal aspects
  • EMS communications
  • Rescue
  • Major incident response
  • Stress management


  • Medical terminology
  • General patient assessment and initial management
  • Airway and ventilation
  • Pathophysiology of shock
  • General pharmacology
  • Anatomy and physiology

Trauma Emergencies

  • Shock trauma
  • Burns

Medical Emergencies

  • Respiratory
  • Cardiovascular
  • Nervous system
  • Endocrine emergencies
  • Acute abdomen, genitourinary, and reproductive systems
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Gastroenterology
  • Toxicology, alcoholism and drug
  • Infectious disease
  • Geriatrics/gerontology
  • Pediatrics

OB/GYN and Neonatal Behavioral Emergencies

Classes are held at Reading Hospital, Sixth Avenue and Spruce Street, in West Reading. Clinical rotations in the following services also take part in the hospital:

  • Emergency care
  • Surgical and medical intensive care (including cardiac intensive care)
  • Pediatric care
  • Psychiatric care
  • Labor and delivery


Classes are taught by Reading Hospital emergency physicians, nurses and other local and regional specialists in specific fields of pre-hospital care.

The program's acting Medical Director Thomas W. Stauffer, DO, works with the Program Director to assure that the program’s content follows the National Standard Curriculum, as well as state and regional guidelines.

Field experience with regional advanced life support units will be arranged with preceptors approved by the Hospital.

Program Director

Russell Engle, MAB, NRP, Director, Emergency Medical Services

Medical Director

Thomas Stauffer, DO, EMT-P


  • Matthew Small, Paramedic, Paramedic Curriculum Coordinator
  • Annmary Thomas, M.Ed, NRP, Paramedic Curriculum Coordinator
  • Gail Knauer, NRP, EMR/EMT Program Director
  • Mervin Wertz, NRP, NCEE, Clinical Coordinator and AEMT Program Coordinator
  • Timothy G. Quinn, MA, NRP, Clinical Coordinator

Earning Your Bachelor's Degree

The School of Health Sciences has a relationship with Immaculata University’s College of LifeLong Learning. This articulation provides a smooth transition for School of Health Sciences paramedic graduates wishing to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management and Planning.

You will be able to transfer up to 45 credits earned through the EMT and Paramedic program courses as part of the acceptance to baccalaureate degree-completion program. The program is an accelerated program offered at Immaculata University or online through its College of Lifelong Learning.