The program combines academic rigor with hands-on experience at world-renowned hospitals and EMS Agencies. The clinical component of the program is designed to give the student an opportunity to correlate didactic information and laboratory exercises with patient contact experience.
Clinical experiences are concurrent with didactic sessions, allowing for the immediate application of information obtained in the classroom and laboratory exercises.
A minimum of 544 hours and 70 clinical rotations over a two-semester, three-phase curriculum averages 24 hours per week of clinical exposure.
By using a combination of more than 49 clinical and field sites in and surrounding Pittsburgh, the student has the opportunity for exposure to many facets of the health care continuum.
Clinical rotations include Anesthesia, Burn, Emergency Department, Medical Command, Medical Procedures Unit, Obstetrics, Pediatric Emergency Department, Psychiatric Emergency Department, ECT Lab, Respiratory Care, Critical Care ICU, and Trauma.
Primary ALS field sites include Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Services, Tri-Community South EMS, NorthWest EMS, Ross/West View EMS, McCandless/Franklin Park Ambulance Authority, Valley Ambulance Authority, Baldwin EMS, Cranberry Township EMS, Eastern Are Pre-Hospital Services, Elizabeth Township Area EMS, Lower Valley Ambulance Service, Munhall Area Pre-Hospital Services, Plum EMS, Woodland Hills EMS and Mutual Aid Ambulance Service, Inc.
Elective sites include programs such as the STAT MedEvac Helicopter Program, the Emergency Physician Residency Pre-hospital Response Unit and Emergency Department with our medical director.
This intense and challenging program promotes a solid foundation for individuals pursuing the application of advanced life support care in regional and international health care systems.