Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) through a recent agreement with the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Medical Services Training Institute now offers a unique educational career path option for certified Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers.
This partnership provides flexible educational options to balance skill development with work and life demands through the awarding of prior learning credits, allowing certified EMS providers to receive credits toward MCCC’s Associate of Science degree in Public Health.
“We’re very happy to partner with Montgomery County Community College in this way to make it easier for our emergency medical responders to advance their education and attain their career goals,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.
MCCC’s 61-credit Public Health program provides students a solid foundation in public health and prepares them to continue their studies at a four-year college or university and for a career in the health or medical fields. Trained EMS professionals are now eligible to receive between nine and 31 credits toward their degree, depending on their level of certification.
To be eligible, individuals need the following requirements:
- Successful graduation from a traditionally delivered EMS education program provided by the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Medical Services Training Institute on or after Jan. 1, 2013
- Current certification by either the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the National Registry of EMTs as an EMS provider
- Official transcript signed by the Regional EMS office documenting successful EMS course completion date and class number
EMS providers who graduated from a Montgomery County EMS Training Institute program prior to January 1, 2013, or those providers who are graduates of other programs can have their EMS certification, training and experience evaluated for transfer credit on an individual basis by contacting MCCC’s Prior Learning Coordinator at 215-641-6319.