Paramedic Program

* August 28, 2024 - August 28, 2025
IUP Institute for Rural Health and Safety, South Campus Trailers, 137 University Drive, Indiana, PA 15705

Important Information: On November 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced an interim rule requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all healthcare workers (including students and faculty) who provide care, treatment, or services for a covered provider. Some departments at IUP have already received word that many clinical sites are mandating the COVID vaccination for all students and staff who are at their sites. The sites are requiring that students have the first vaccine of Pfizer or Moderna (or the only vaccine of Johnson & Johnson) by December 5, 2021, and the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine by January 2, 2022. In most cases, it does not appear any exemptions will be granted. The IUP Paramedic and EMT programs want to make sure that all EMS students are aware of this requirement. 

Participants who successfully complete this program are eligible to take National Registry of Paramedics certification exams for state (Pennsylvania) and national certification as a paramedic. This program is primarily designed for future EMS personnel but is appropriate for anyone who may respond to emergencies, including fire/rescue personnel, nurses, coaches, athletic trainers, and safety professionals.

To register, visit our online application.

The following course is currently being offered. If you have any questions, please call the office at 724-357-4051.

Prices and materials are subject to change.

Simulation manniquenFall 2024 Paramedic Program

The IUP Institute for Rural Health and Safety announces the fall 2024 Paramedic Program. This program is primarily designed for future EMS personnel but is appropriate for anyone who may respond to emergencies, including fire/rescue personnel, nurses, coaches, athletic trainers, and safety professionals.

Participants who successfully complete this program are eligible to take National Registry of Paramedics certification exams for state (Pennsylvania) and national certification as a paramedic.

Apply to the Paramedic Program.


Wednesday, August 28, 2024, through Thursday, August 25, 2025


Wednesdays 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Students are required to complete online course material. Students should dedicate at least six hours per week in addition to lab sessions. There are three additional lab days that are on Thursdays instead of the regularly scheduled Wednesdays. These additional days complete certification hours for ACLS, PALS, and PHTLS. 

Total program hours are 1150, these hours are scheduled to be completed within one year. Lab hours, online didactic hours, clinical, and field hours combine to make up the 1150 hours.


Zink Hall, IUP Campus, Indiana, PA 15705

Program Fees

Paramedic Program Fee: $6,000

Paramedic Lab Package: $1,500 (nonrefundable) 

Total Cost of Program: $7,500 (Prices subject to change) 

  • One student polo shirt
  • Two Fisdap comprehensive exams
  • EMS Testing student account

This program is approved for Veterans Affairs benefits and federal financial aid (loans and Pell grants). Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have questions about financial aid for attendance in the IUP Paramedic Program, please call the Financial Aid office at 724-357-2218 or email them at financial-aid@iup.edu. The campus Office of Veterans Affairs can be reached at 724-357-3009.

Additional Fees

  • Student Liability Insurance for one year
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) textbook
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) textbook
  • Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) textbook
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) textbook
  • Caroline (AAOS) Paramedic Flipped Classroom 1st Edition
  • Limmer Creative Apps: precourse apps and apps used during course
  • Physicals
  • Blood work
  • Titers/immunizations
  • Drug screen(s)
  • Fuel for your personal vehicle to travel to and from class, clinical, and field sites
  • Parking at clinical and/or field sites
  • National Registry CBE and any retests
  • Retest(s) or site fees for the National Registry practical exams
  • Battle-dress uniform (BDU) pants
  • Work boots
  • Equipment: Stethoscope, pen light, trauma scissors, EKG calipers
  • Castle Branch (information listed below)

Paramedic Program Extension Fee

  • One-time extension, six-month fee: $2,300

Castle Branch

Castle Branch is the company that the IUP Paramedic Program is using to upload documentation as well as for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) training. Some of the additional fees for this company are listed below.

$115 Paramedic Package includes:

  • Background clearances
  • Criminal reporting fee (Act 34)
  • FBI fingerprinting fee (Act 114)
  • Child abuse clearance fee (Act 33)

There are additional fees with the above checks based on the site where you go for testing.

  • Compliance Tracker

Drug Panel Test is an additional fee

  • $37 or $72 Drug Panel test (price dependent upon clinical site)


  • Student must be a certified emergency medical technician.
  • High school transcript or GED

Course Requirements

Course includes online components, lab and classroom, skill, and field sessions. Students must meet minimum physical capabilities of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

  • Vision
    Students must have visual acuity sufficient to distinguish visual color discrimination in examining patients and determining by appearance diagnostic signs that require immediate detection and proper action.
  • Hearing
    Students must have hearing acuity sufficient to receive verbal directions and instructions to distinguish diagnostic signs.
  • Reading/Writing
    Students must have the ability to read English sufficiently to read items such as prescription bottles and to write English sufficiently to complete patient record forms and examinations.
  • Physical
    Students must have the ability to perform the skill objectives as outlined in New Education Standards. Note: All students must have the aptitude as listed above when taking the practical skills examination for national certification. Medical problems must be resolved prior to taking the practical/skill examinations.

Teaching-Learning Methods

Teaching-learning methods in this course may include but are not limited to, the following: assigned readings, interactive lectures, discussion, critical thinking activities, and paramedic portfolio lab activities.

  • To better prepare our students, the IUP Paramedic Program prepares our students to think critically. To better develop the critical thinking process, it is mandatory that students complete the required interactive lectures, required readings, and pre-course assignments prior to class/lab.
  • During classes and labs, questions will be asked concerning the interactive lecture materials, electronic readings, and/ or pre-course/lab assignments. If students have questions regarding course materials or course structure, the instructor will respond either by verbally explaining or through the use of visual materials. (Ex. PowerPoint)
  • Labs are designed to reinforce and clarify the information obtained from students from the interactive lectures, electronic readings, and pre-course assignments. This allows the students to gain the knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course and become an entry-competent paramedic in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains.

Interactive Lecture Overview

Navigate Interactive Course Lectures cover the entire scope of the National EMS Education Standards and promote student engagement and retention. Using instructional design best practices, these fully narrated lectures provide critical topic reviews based on key learning objectives presented in online modules that students explore at their own pace. Navigate Interactive Course Lectures enhance comprehension, improve concept retention, and prepare students for more advanced activities.

Technical Requirement for Navigate 2

To work successfully with Navigate 2 and other Jones & Bartlett Learning products, your computer/mobile device should match one of the supported browser and operating system configurations. Navigate 2 and other Jones & Bartlett Learning products may run on newer (or even slightly older) versions of these browsers, but a version is not considered fully supported until it is specified with an X in the table below.

Technical Requirement for Navigate 2
OS/Platform Safari10.0 Safari 11.0 Firefox(Latest) Chrome(Latest) IE10 IE11 MS Edge
MAC 10.11 X X X
MAC 10.12 X X X
Windows 7 X X X X
Windows 8.1 X X X
Windows 10 X X X X
iPad IOS 10 X X X
iPhone IOS*Latest X
Android Phone OS 4.4 X
Android phone OS 6.0.1 X
Android tablet OS 5.x X
Android tablet OS 7.0 X
Windows 8 tablet X X

* Applications currently operate correctly, but in an attenuated manner within small screen sizes. Additionally, the Navigate eReader is not compatible with mobile devices with screen sizes smaller than 7 inches. Users on smaller screens cannot necessarily access all functionality. This issue will be addressed in a future release.

Excludes the Kindle and Nook platforms. The Flash Player used in the offline eBook reader is not supported beyond Android 4.1. The issue will be addressed in a future release.


Preregistration is required.

IUP reserves the right to cancel any program, at which time deposit/registration fees would be refunded. Enrollment is limited; however, late registrations will be accepted if space is available.

Withdrawal Policy

A student may withdraw from the program at any time through the completion of a signed withdrawal form.

College Credit for IUP Students

IUP students who successfully complete the Paramedic program at IUP are eligible for up to 30 credits through the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science. Paramedic Program College Credit


The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
CAAHEP website

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
Fax 214-703-8992
CoAEMSP website

Paramedic Program Outcomes #600853 

2022 Outcomes

NREMT/State Written Exams: 89.7%

Retention: 91.5%

Positive (Job Placement): 100%

2021 Outcomes

NREMT/State Written Exams: 87.5%

Retention: 60.0%

Positive (Job Placement): 100%

2020 Outcomes

NREMT/State Written Exams: 92.9%

Retention: 59.5%

Positive (Job Placement): 100%

2019 Outcomes

NREMT/State Written Exam: 88%

Retention: 91.9%

Positive (Job) Placement: 100%

2018 Outcomes

NREMT/State Written Exam: 80.8%

Retention: 82.4%

Positive (Job) Placement: 100%