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The Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council requires licensing, certification and the passing of EMT training in Pennsylvania that is approved by them. Becoming an EMT in PA is made as simple as it can be with our quick and easy guide. We walk through the steps from start to finish!

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What are the Steps to Become an EMT in Pennsylvania?

Follow the steps laid out for you below and you will become an EMT in PA. Meet any training enrollment demands, pass your courses, pass the NREMT exam, get listed on registry and get your license and you are all set for your career goals.

Step 1: Meet Pre-Entrance Requirements for Classes

You can train become an Basic Level EMT in PA if you are 16 years old. If you want to become an EMT – Intermediate you will have to be at least 18 and have a HS diploma/GED.

Step 2: Complete a PA EMT training course

Pennsylvania has a requirement that all aspiring emergency medical technicians have to complete accredited EMT training and that they have to get their EMT certification. Make sure you choose the right school for you and that they are approved and you are all set to start your process to become a EMT in PA.


Approved EMT Training in the State of Pennsylvania

Below are approved emergency medical technician courses in the State of Pennsylvania.

Community College of Allegheny County
800 Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15233

Delaware County Community College
901 S Media Line Rd
Media PA 19063

DLP Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
1086 Franklin St
Johnstown PA 15905

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
101 Community College Way
Johnstown PA 15904

Harrisburg Area Community College
1 HACC Dr.
Harrisburg PA 17110

Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia PA 19104

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
850 Greenfield Road
Lancaster PA 17601

Lackawanna College
501 Vine St
Scranton PA 18509

Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences
1025 Old Wyomissing Road
Reading PA 19611

McCann School of Business & Technology
370 Maplewood Drive Hazle
Township PA 18202

Northampton County Area Community College
3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethlehem PA 18020

Pennsylvania College of Technology
One College Ave
Williamsport PA 17701

Luzerne County Community College
1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke PA 18634

All-State Career School-Allied Health
Campus 50 W Powhattan Ave
Essington PA 19029

Step 3: Become CPR-BLS certified

CPR certification are a must for all emergency medical techs in the state of PA. If your training does not include it in the program (most do), you will need to check with them and be guided to where you can get yourself CPR certified.

Step 4: Pass the National NREMT Tests

Anybody trying to get their EMT certification in the state of Pennsylvania will have to take and successfully pass both NREMT exams (psychomotor and cognitive tests). Once you have paid the testing costs and pass the tests can move on to getting licensed and registered in the state of PA. To schedule your exam, you can go here and set your testing time and date.

Click here for a detailed breakdown of the EMT exams.

Step 5: Get Added to National EMT Registry and Get Licensed in PA

The National EMT Registry has a fee of $80 has to be paid in order to apply for getting listed on the registry. You will also need to apply for licensure in the state of PA. There is a small fee for applying to the state as well.

What is the Median EMT salary in Pennsylvania?

You can see a full breakdown of the salary paid to an EMT across Pennsylvania below. The average pay in PA for an EMT is $14.68 per hour and $30,530 per year.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$10.52$16.05$27.40
Yearly$21,880 $33,380 $56,990
Yearly$20,840 $30,530 $49,390
Newark-Union, NJ-PAHourly$12.61$17.25$31.29
Yearly$26,230 $35,880 $65,080
Pittsburgh, PAHourly$11.10$15.94$23.23
Yearly$23,090 $33,150 $48,320
York-Hanover, PAHourly$10.80$15.92$22.48
Yearly$22,460 $33,120 $46,760
Lancaster, PAHourly$10.65$15.88$26.70
Yearly$22,140 $33,030 $55,550
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJHourly$11.59$15.86$29.12
Yearly$24,120 $32,980 $60,570
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PAHourly$9.49$15.49$21.57
Yearly$19,730 $32,210 $44,870
Philadelphia, PAHourly$12.01$15.21$34.77
Yearly$24,970 $31,640 $72,320
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PAHourly$11.89$14.99$23.65
Yearly$24,730 $31,180 $49,190
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PAHourly$10.59$13.82$26.64
Yearly$22,030 $28,750 $55,420
Reading, PAHourly$8.26$13.74$18.77
Yearly$17,180 $28,590 $39,050
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PAHourly$8.64$13.61$19.76
Yearly$17,960 $28,300 $41,100
West Central PennsylvaniaHourly$9.72$13.57$21.50
Yearly$20,220 $28,220 $44,710
East Stroudsburg, PAHourly$9.26$13.48$18.40
Yearly$19,270 $28,040 $38,270
Gettysburg, PAHourly$9.63$13.03$18.69
Yearly$20,030 $27,090 $38,880
Johnstown, PAHourly$10.07$12.81$15.49
Yearly$20,950 $26,640 $32,210
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PAHourly$9.53$12.71$18.84
Yearly$19,830 $26,430 $39,200
Far Western PennsylvaniaHourly$8.69$12.44$17.89
Yearly$18,070 $25,880 $37,210
Altoona, PAHourly$10.19$12.28$21.30
Yearly$21,190 $25,540 $44,310
Williamsport, PAHourly$8.44$11.99$18.18
Yearly$17,550 $24,940 $37,810
Northeastern PennsylvaniaHourly$8.04$10.85$18.37
Yearly$16,720 $22,560 $38,220

EMT Jobs in Pennsylvania

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced a 15% growth in new EMT employment in and around PA over the next decade.