LCCC EMS Program First In Region To Earn Accreditation
LCCC EMS GRADUATES-Luzerne County Community College offers Northeast Pennsylvania’s first and only accredited paramedic program-Graduates of the program, shown front from left: Lisa Babbish, assistant, EMS program, LCCC; Marilyn Teberio, secretary, EMS program, LCCC; Mark Ercolani, Laflin, director, EMS program, LCCC; Dr. Deborah Vilegi, Mountain Top, dean, nursing and health sciences, LCCC; and Darlene Murawski, paramedic program clinical coordinator, LCCC. Back: Robert Roth, paramedic class coordinator, LCCC; and Thomas P. Leary, president, LCCC.

The Luzerne County Community College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department recently received notification of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).

The CAAHEP (1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida, 33756, 727-210-2350 or www.caahep.org)is an organization which accredits educational programs that prepare health professionals in a variety of disciplinary areas.

The College’s Paramedic program offers pre-hospital care providers advanced level training based on the National Education Standards and Pennsylvania State Guidelines to competently prepare the student to pass the national practical and written certification examinations. Successful candidates enter the health care field as paramedics with local emergency medical service units, helicopters, and emergency departments.

“LCCC has the first and only accredited paramedic program in northeast Pennsylvania,” says program director Mark Ercolani. “Graduates of the program consistently score above the national accreditation written and practical standards required for certification.”

The accreditation status will be valid for five years from 2014 through 2019.